I discovered this game a couple of months ago installed it on both my iPhone and laptop. It's the most amazing and beautiful game I've ever played. (It's rare for a computer game to make me laugh out loud or move me to tears...) So I'm here to meet fellow players of 80 Days and lend my support to its community and developers (version 2.0, anyone?) Now I suppose I'd better get a profile and all that...
That’s great news!!!! It is an amazing game that I’ve come back to periodically. It’s like a long, beautiful novel written in short episodic chapters you can only flip between.
Unfortunately the wiki and accompanying fanbase isn’t super active, but there’s a lot of love for the game still and this wiki is a great hub for it!
There were rumours of an “81 Days” sequel a while ago, but it seems like the devs want to leave the game a stand-alone, which makes sense. You can also play the 4-part Sorcery series for a taste of more inkle storytelling (and check out our sister wiki for it, ofc!) or eagerly await the next Inkle project, Heaven's Vault, which looks really exciting.
And an account would be a great idea! It really adds to the sense of community.
I noticed you're very active on this wiki so I thought you might be interesting in writing these articles on characters based on real people. I've kept this list for a while, but have been too lazy to play through the game again and write these articles.
Gottlieb Daimler, the driver who brags in Berlin and can take Passepartout to Bucharest.
Jesse James, the outlaw that stops the Transcontinental Express.
Milton J. Yarberry, sheriff who shoots three Mexicans to "protect" Passepartout in Albuquerque.
Mrs. Hunt on the airship from San Francisco to Acapulco writing about the treatment of native people in the US (more specifically, California).
Esther Hobart Morris, first female justice (Passepartout sees her talking to a Pinkerton agent on the Transcontinental Express).
Given how many easter eggs and details are in this is game, I wouldn't be surprised if a few more named characters were based off of real people (like how Arne Garborg turned out to be based on a real person).
There's a few more that are mentioned, but never appear so I didn't note many of them down (like several of the political leaders, and Dr. Rausch, the mentor of Dr. Lyndia Berglund [who tells Passepartout to wash his hands on the train from Chicago to Winnipeg])
I've been trying to build the wiki since I got back into the game this past year or so, but yes, it can be quite grating to play through the game over and over, and I think my playthroughs have dwindled out a little bit.
If you like, you don't need to write detailed articles off the bat. You can add pages yourself with just a line of text about what you remember of the character, and somebody else who knows more about them may fill in the details later. It doesn't matter if the article is incomplete- in my experience, having it exist in the first place encourages people to contribute!
(I was also very surprised by the number of real life characters in the game. Meg really did her research. The giveaway tends to be if a non-major character gives their full name, there's a good chance they are a real person. You'll notice we're lacking a lot of North American characters because I've not experimented much with the locations there. We've got work to do!)
Thanks for you contributions so far, I hope you can keep helping at any scale!
Check out your Admin Dashboard, which can be found by clicking "Admin" on the bottom toolbar. It has links to all your new tools. Please let me know if you have any questions, and good luck with your new (old) wiki!