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A dialog-only interactive fiction game where you play the role of Diplomat Calliope, charged with maintaining good relations with the planet Syzygy. 5 endings invite you to test out the difference a well-placed word can make.
Created for Dialogue Jam 24.

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Entrant - Dialogue Jam 2024


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Space diplomacy!, May 12, 2024
by manonamora
Related reviews: dialoguejam

Syzygy is a short but complex exchange of diplomatic communication between the Syzygy planet and the Sol System Alliance, where you are a Diplomat from the latter group. You must navigate a change of power within Syzygy, while a SSA fleet is on its way to the planet, as planned many years prior.

Your communication between the planet and the fleet are mainly done through letters, which you can craft to convey your message and wishes to the other party, and untangle the mess thrown in your lap. You will have to assess whether you can trust this new correspondent and whether you will need to warn the fleet before their arrival - is there more than the new ambassador lets on? Your words will affect the Alliance’s relationship with Syzygy, and the safety of the fleet.

And, when you have some down time, you get to chit-chat with your Assistant about the situation, or burn the midnight oil on reading the HHGG. Aside maybe from the Admiral, all the characters have fun and intriguing personality, leaving you wanting more by the end of the journey.

It was really fun to craft the messages and see what kind of responses I would get back. I purposefully pissed off the ambassador in one playthrough, while being overwhelmingly kind in the next one - resulting in surprising endings.

I did run into some little bugs though, which broke the game for one run, so best to get your coffee and read your poetry when you start the game, as so to avoid it

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Best of the best, May 10, 2024

Best of the best. I loved how the characters were characterized through their dialogue. I don't think the reveal/twist to the plot was particularly clever, but it was entertaining to play through. The author did a good job in making us feel like there was a world beyond the characters' conversations/pages of letters to each other. I, for one, would love to see more of Syzygy. Commendations to you, author!

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