Death by Steamship

Last night, after some Quake IV with the coworkers, I gave the new game “The Ship” a spin. When I first heard the description of this game, the first thing that came to mind was the real-life game we played at CSH called “Death by Dagger”. The jist of “Death by Dagger” is that each player is assigned a dagger with another player’s name on it. To “kill” your assigned player you have to be alone with them in a room; when you kill them you take their dagger as your next victim. Repeat until you are killed or are the last man standing.

“The Ship” is a video game interpretation of these same ideas. You are a passenger on a cruise ship, and you are assigned another passenger to murder. But before you can do that you have to find a weapon; a fire axe… a screwdriver… almost anything you can pick up.. Of course, if you can’t find anything, and you are lucky, you might be able to lock them in a sauna. Don’t forget, however, that one of the other passengers has your name and is hunting you. On top of the primary goal, your character has “needs”, similar in concept (but cooler in spirit) to “The Sims”. Your character needs to eat, sleep, bathe, and go to the bathroom. So you have to take the time to serve these needs; but while you are doing so you are rather vulnerable…

While the game has a “bot” based single player variant, it is really meant to be played against real people online. I had alot of fun playing last night, and look forward to taking another voyage. But you don’t have to take my word for it!

It’d be interesting to run a server at CSH!

5 thoughts on “Death by Steamship

  1. Sounds like a really neat game. Though my only Windows machine is probably a bit under powered for it (it’s the work provided Latitude D600).

    1. System Requirements
      1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, DirectX 8 level graphics card (1024×768), Windows 2000/XP/ME/98, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection, DirectX 9.0c

      2.8 GHz Processor, 1024MB RAM, DirectX 9 capable Graphics Card (1024×768), Windows 2000/XP/ME/98, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection, DirectX 9.0c

      Also it appears to be $20 if you get it through Steam, but $60 at

  2. That sounds like a hell of a lot of fun. I don’t really play PC games anymore, but I might have to fire this one up.

    I wonder if it would run under Parallels on my MacBook Pro. I just put another 1GB of RAM in it, but the graphics capabilities might keep me from pulling that off.

    If not, I can fire up my Dell (it’s rarely on anymore) and play there.

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