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Extrasolar / Re: Stupid question time
« on: August 17, 2018, 08:03:09 PM »

Extrasolar / Re: The story continues?
« on: July 20, 2018, 09:48:03 PM »
Are there any plans to release the source code or the story written for the unreleased episodes?

I'm considering that. The first step is just archiving it (all the messages, videos, PDFs, and a typical playthrough) so that the experiences doesn't entirely disappear from the world. Depending on time, I may also write a postmortem and talk about what we had planned for seasons 2 and 3.

Extrasolar / Re: The story continues?
« on: July 18, 2018, 06:24:08 PM »
True that. If you're unhappy with your purchase and would like a refund, just email me ( with a tracking number from your purchase. Extrasolar costs me about $900/month, so unfortunately, I'll be winding it down soon. It's been fun while it lasted :)

  - Rob

Extrasolar / Re: Extrasolar Server Error
« on: July 24, 2016, 11:59:26 AM »
Fixed! Thanks for your patience, everyone! We're rolling out the native app for iOS and Android soon and I accidentally broke the servers while I was updating them. Huge apologies for the 12-hour outage. I've been working like mad to get everything up and running again.

Extrasolar / Re: The story continues?
« on: March 22, 2016, 09:00:38 PM »
We wrote 3 seasons of content for Extrasolar and even started building the next island, but unfortunately, the project ended up being a financial failure (I've only earned back 6% of what it cost to make) and it's been tough finding new players. I ran a Kickstarter to try to fund season 2, but we didn't even get 30% of the way to our goal.

We're still working on iOS and Android apps for Extrasolar season 1, but unless something surprising happens, it's unlikely that seasons 2 and 3 will become a reality.

Extrasolar / Re: Just took a photo that should be classified...
« on: March 06, 2016, 11:00:21 AM »
Great shot of a spade burrower! They're very shy. We try not to classify images too aggressively. Hopefully these get other explorers excited about getting a closer look.

Extrasolar / Re: Just took a photo that should be classified...
« on: March 04, 2016, 09:32:54 AM »
Did you want to share the public photo link here? Sometimes if things are small enough, the system doesn't tag them as classified.

Extrasolar / Re: Extrasolar sounds as ringtone?
« on: February 29, 2016, 10:18:36 PM »
Obelisk audio

Have fun!

Extrasolar / Re: Season 2 Kickstarter is NOW LIVE.
« on: April 10, 2015, 08:44:45 PM »
The blog post is true. Extrasolar has only recovered 6% of what I invested to build it and the game economy is really rough right now. An amazing opportunity came up to work on virtual reality at Google, so I seized it. As I explained in the blog post (, I'm still working on Extrasolar on nights and weekends and our talented programmer Keith is also still contributing, but production will be slowing down. Our top priority is a native mobile app, which -- who knows -- may draw in the audience we need to fund season 2.

As you point out, I should really know better than to make a major announcement on April Fool's Day. I should have learned that when I worked on the Potato Sack for the launch of Portal 2 (

I just finished my first week at Google and I'm happy to say that I'm confident that I'll be able to bring you some super awesome stuff that I would never be able to do on my own. Can't wait to share!

Extrasolar / Re: Link to my public profile doesn't work
« on: April 10, 2015, 08:38:26 PM »
Sure enough, your 1576 photos appears to be bogging down the system enough that it times out before it can return your profile. I'll see what I can do to optimize that query. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  - Rob

Cogs for Android / Re: Nvidia Shield Tablet issues
« on: December 25, 2014, 08:51:23 PM »
We just posted an update to Google Play today (December 25) that should fix this issue on the Lollypop version of Android. Have you updated to the latest version? This fix is still pending on the Amazon store.

Extrasolar / Re: Scaled Ancient - bug?
« on: December 10, 2014, 06:13:35 PM »
I'm not sure why this seems to happen to your account in particular. The new versions of these images look fine, so it appears to be a "spooky" bug (likely related to a memory allocation failure) rather than something with the main algorithm.

Extrasolar / Re: shadow but no object - bug?
« on: December 10, 2014, 06:12:08 PM »
I re-rendered this image. Still not sure why this happens sometimes, but you can always request a re-render in the rare circumstances where this happens.

Extrasolar / Re: Lag on the map screen
« on: November 02, 2014, 09:20:13 AM »
What OS and browser are you using? Desktop or mobile?

Extrasolar / Re: Can't find Tourings rover! Help!!!!
« on: October 29, 2014, 10:43:28 PM »
Using the photo that Kryptex provides, you should be directly south of The Fingers and west-northwest of The Arc de Triomphe.

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