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    DRIFT: The Inferior Planets $4.00
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    DRIFT: The Inferior Planets
    Publisher: Alternate Realities Publications
    by Joshua L. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 06/09/2018 21:21:47

    I don't usually take my time to write a review, but I felt I needed to inform others to avoid this product. It has some interesting concepts, but it is very incomplete and hasn't seen an update in 10 years. All you get is about 12 pages worth of fluff on the first three planets of the solar system, a few more pages of modest images, and that's about it. I'm not sure exactly how this was three years in development, as stated on the store page. The description on the store page also states it's a WIP, which is all fine and good, if it was true. Sadly, there hasn't been an update since 2008, and if I had known that I wouldn't have bought this product. At least it's only four bucks, but I still feel it's money I'd have been better spending elsewhere.



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    DRIFT: The Inferior Planets
    Publisher: Alternate Realities Publications
    by Michael H. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 10/31/2012 16:24:30

    I had originally rated this product low in 2008. I had purchased and downloaded it, expecting a useable game system and instead only had a few pages. Later I took my negative review down after the author sent an upset reply to me, stating the description explained it as a work in progress. Deciding to give him the benefit of a doubt, I retracted my original review. I am now posting my negative review again, as it has been four years and the product does not seem to be any further along than the last time I checked. There is a table of contents that lists many sections, but maybe 5%-10% if not less have actual content. The content is limited to setting and fictional story, and nothing that I would consider useful as far as contributing to a playable game at this time. The current content also contains blank pages as well as 'placeholder' pages for things that have their own, separate file. My feeling at this point is that the author has no intent of ever completing this content and has effectively taken my money and run.



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    Considering the description has never changed, you probably should have read it properly before making your purchase. Right at the end, it addressed your expectations: "Early releases of the product series will be generic, with support for various game systems coming at a later date. This first release provides the introduction, as well as the Atlas entries for the inferior planets (the planets that orbit closer to the Sun thanEarth, namely Mercury and Venus). Also included are a Table of Contents and Glossary that will expand with future releases. " So it seems your negative review is based on expectations you would not have if you could actually comprehend what you were reading. Second, sales affect future releases. While most buyers have thought highly of Drift, sales are not high enough to make it a high priority product line.
    DRIFT: The Inferior Planets
    Publisher: Alternate Realities Publications
    by Daryl D. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 10/27/2008 15:43:27

    An amazing idea, pretty well executed; liked the idea of PCs flying around in old-school hardware doing what they do. Also, the locations are (reasonably) accurate (w/ the noted, purposeful exception of the Vulcanoids) and pretty playable. Disadvantages are as follows: you'd better have a good idea of the nature of the actually useful older craft in the space program, for realism's sake; a Mercury was not a useful spacecraft for anything but test flights by any means. Also, they kind of wimped out on us, giving us the least-traffic region in the Solar system to deal with; what with Mercury a mine/prison and Venus a terraforming location; Mars or Ceres would have been a LOT more interesting and useful for an independent bunch of PCs.

    Last, the downloads were sectioned rather oddly (TOC, Text Glossary, and Text) for useful reference. why?



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