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Call to the Community about Onyx

So I know a number of people who read this journal are familiar with, and in some cases avid fans of, the sex game Onyx I've written. Some of you are even on the beta list, in fact.

I've just started work on version 3.1, which is intended as a free upgrade to 3.0. The principle goal of 3.1 is improved compatibility with Windows Vista and Windows XP 64-bit editions (I've had a number of complaints that it sometimes crashes or behaves erratically in Vista 64-bit), improved visual appearance under Vista with the Aero interface, improved compatibility with Ubuntu Linux, and minor visual cleanup under Linux generally. 3.1 will also improve memory usage slightly under OS X 10.4, thought that is honestly not a big deal; Onyx doesn't have a very large resource footprint as it is.

I'm also going to be adding a handful of new features. The two biggest of these are likely to be a way to increase the size of the card display (for those of you who play the game gathered around a laptop), and a way to Opt Out of an action and also tag that action with "Never play this particular action again." There will be a new menu item "Reset all blocked actions for this deck" as well.

I'm also likely going to double the number of cards in any one deck, from 400 to 800, if I can do it without too much rejiggering. Yes, I've had people write me and tell me thay've run into the 400-action limit, you creative bastards, you.

So: For those of you who already play the game and have some ideas about features you'd like to see now or in the future, here's your chance to let me know! Respond here in comments, or in email at onyxbeta (at) symtoys (dot) com, if you have ideas, suggestions, or things you'd like to see. If you are not on the current Onyx beta list and would like to be, say so here or in an email; please include information about your computer platform, memory, operating system, and so on.

If you have never played Onyx but think you might like to try, here's a special deal for you: Register the game between now and July 31 and get $6 off the normal registration price by using coupon code LJ-31BETA. Comment here if you've got ideas or would like to be part of the beta team. (if you want to see the 3.1 beta you'll need to comment or drop me an email at the onyxbeta address.)



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Jul. 1st, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
Don't have any useful suggestions :) Just would like to say that me hubs and I really, really, really, really like Onyx. Haven't had a chance to play with my sweetie yet but hope to soon. Mmmmmmm Onyx.
Jul. 1st, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
It's ironic (and really annoying) that I've been romantically involved with the creator of this game for nearly 4 years now and I've STILL never played it!
Jul. 1st, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
I said the almost the same. Silly boy, isn't he?
Jul. 1st, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
Comment here if you've got ideas or would like to be part of the beta team.
But of course! I love handing over control of my sex life to someone even more perverse than me!

Wait... :-/
Jul. 2nd, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
Like 6 players isn't enough...
Can we have 8 please? I have a "team" of 8 ready to play once available (4 couples who flirt outrageously)...

Also, I'd like a bigger board... To be able to fit the entire screen - cards that are much bigger.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
Increasing the size of the card display and the card deck are the two things I'd like to see. I've noticed that I get quite a few repeat cards in some games. Increasing the number of players would be nice, too.
And yes, put me on the beta list! Platform is an HP Pavilion dv6000. OS is Windows Vista, 32-bit edition. 1014 MB RAM. Processor is Intel T2080 @ 1.73 GHz.
Jul. 2nd, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
I run Windows XP and Ubuntu machines if you want some additional testing.
Jul. 9th, 2008 04:36 am (UTC)
Selecting partners
I hope this isn't too late to be read, but it would be really useful if players could select who they wanted encounters with.

My girlfriend and I really like the game, but it would be fun if we could select who can do things with who. I know you can choose bi/straight/gay but if we find ourselves playing with another couple where we are both OK with messing around with either our signif. or the person from the other couple of the same sex there isn't much we can do besides rolling a die to figure out who it's going to be if the game chooses someone other than we're OK with. It seems like it would be an easy fix and would allow for much greater control over the game.

Besides that, awesome game. Thanks for making it. Many a fun times to be had in front of a flickering laptop.
Jul. 25th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
Beta tester
Please put me up for beta testing, I am running Vista.
Jul. 30th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
minor thing
as a 2.5 user I thought it'd be great if you allowed ladies to keep their bras on so they're in Bra & Knickers for a while, I think you have everything just jumping straight to the knickers bit. Could be wrong but it's a great game anyway - this is reminding me to play it again soon.
Sep. 17th, 2008 12:05 am (UTC)
I realize I've arrived on this thread a bit late, but my one suggestion – which may or may not be possible – is that the top right Fate space be replaced by a second Center Stage. Center Stage just seems more suited for this sort of group game, and Fate is a bit of a let-down if you land on it too much. Maybe I just like group sex too much.

I also second the suggestion that users be able to pick with whom they want to have actions, as opposed to simply their sexual orientation. Perhaps there could be a sort of opposite bi-curious orientation if that's not possible, for people who prefer same-sex actions but would perform opposite sex ones to a certain extent. But being able to choose partners would solve the issue much easier.
Oct. 21st, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
I also realize i'm coming in a bit late, but....
Perhaps an option to turn off Opt Outs and/or money? Allow each player to purchase one tile per trip around until they're all done? I mean, if you've got an open enough group, Money & Opt Outs are only there to maintain a pretense, because i'm fairly certain we can agree that the game is mostly a delivery system for the cards, right?.
Dec. 30th, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
Love the game though sadly I have to play it on my own.
Here are a few suggestions.

1.I agree with the other commentator about leaving the bra on.
2. The fate cards have far too much verbiage.The suggestion of replacing it with another centre stage is worth considering.
3. Although it may be technically difficult, I like the idea of the scenarios matching to the rooms landed on.
4.Sometimes when landing on a room , the owner seems to pay the penalty. This seems wrong.
Jan. 4th, 2009 02:53 am (UTC)
CArd Editor
Please provide a means, either via the game or online, for peeps to exchange custom edited cards or decks!


Oh...another thought. To have Onyx able to play across the internet and with webcams!
Mar. 5th, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
How to Run Onyx3 on Linux
I noticed a disheartening lack of instructions or even hints on how to get it running in linux.

I'm an Ubuntu user. (8.04 Hardy Heron.) I don't even know what GTK really does, although I supposedly just installed it using googled instructions. Also installed Gnome core in case it runs on Gnome.

Then Onyx...

(1) undid the tarball (tar.gz), got various files in a folder
(2) includes a "onyx3.application" executable file that doesn't execute when I double-click it.

I've never seen a ".application" file in linux. Google fails at telling me what to do.

I'm really at a loss. Please assist? And include at least some sort of helpful directions or links in your help file for the next version?
Mar. 5th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
Re: How to Run Onyx3 on Linux
What Linux distro are you using?

You should just be able to double-click on the .application file and have it go. Some distros (I'm looking mostly at some versions of Ubuntu here) ship without the standard libstdc++ library installed, for reasons I can't quite fathom; for these versions, double clicking the applicationwill seem to do nothing, but if you look in the system console, there will be a message about a missing library.

You can fix this problem by running

sudo apt-get install libstdc++5

from the terminal. That will install the missing library. As far as I know, Ubuntu is the only Linux distro that ships without this library.
Mar. 5th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Re: How to Run Onyx3 on Linux
Great! That was the missing library, it runs now upon double-clicking. =D

(As I did mention in my original message, mine is Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04. Looking at the library title, I guess Ubuntu doesn't like C++...!)

A note for Ubuntu users might be grand in the next game/help file release. ;-)

Sep. 25th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
Love this game.Though I am ,unfortunately, a fantasy player, I find this often more fun than free porn.
Although I find Onyx superior to their main rival, Sexy Party, the latter does have some advantages; mainly 8 players and a more extensive and realistic stripping order.An amalgamation of ideas would be perfect.
Given this,I now only use my cards.It can be very time consuming but it does iron out some problems.
I do not know if they do things different in America but I would have thought that a woman would be less embarrassed about showing her legs than her breasts.Therefore I have changed the female disrobing order to

Another thing I have changed is making the player landing on the target's property,the one who pays the forfeit rather than it seems,the other way round.This does mean though that the stripping cards have to be increased in the non property areas.

In my fantasy world chivalry abounds where I have found that the men are less modest than the women in what they do, though I may be wrong in real life!.Therefore to get rid of male passes I have in quite heavy physical chastisements and probably more
effective, byes against sexual activity with female players.

I have made the pre naked Torture section alot more sexual in nature, especially for the women, and more painful for the men.At high spice levels there are sex acts in private and even affairs with full sex though the orgasm button has to be ignored.I find it much more fun with some clothes left on.The naked options can seem tame in comparison.

I have noticed how much time players seem to land in Gaol probably because the selling option can get rather tedious.I have come up with something called the Newgate Penalty which is that if a player does not want to play a penalty, they can if there are appropriate players in gaol, offload it to them as long as it does not include disrobing.
It is also fun to get your way with the gaolbirds if you get the right Fate card. I must admit that gets rather sexist.

A nice fantasy is to make a player a group, say some people on a T.V. programme.For those in the U.K., I will just say Coronation Street.

It took me some time to find this thread. It would be nice if it was attatched to the Symtoys main site.I do not know how many of these games have been downloaded but I am sure many players would like to swap ideas, real or fantasy.

Oct. 25th, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
Card sharing and a suggestion
Another suggestion for the next version of the game is to give a random option for the number of moves before an orgasm is allowed. This can provide some more uncertainty...

And for the poster above, are you willing to share your deck?
Jan. 4th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
An Idea
I know I’m way late to this but I love this game and wanted to share my two cents. The one thing I would like to see is the ability to set the sex of the non-target player when using the card editor. I was thinking the token “%player1%” could still be used for either sex but it would be great if a token like %playerf1% or %playerm1% existed so that roles can be better assigned in group play . I also think it would also be great if there was an Onyx Forum set up where people could share their game experiences as well as trade and share action card ideas. Thanks.
Mar. 16th, 2010 03:38 pm (UTC)
how to u sing up for the beta
May. 24th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
Sorry to come so late to the thread, but I love this game!

Made a lot of custom cards, and tend to like my various 'tortures' and penalties to be based on actions the players make throughout the game or their lives (ie # ass smacks, ice cubes in the bum, minutes performing humiliating activity, most/least amt of money, etc. = # opt outs used, sex toys owned, time taken to make partner cum, etc.). I'd like to see these things tracked for each player (where possible) and able to be coded into the cards.

Another idea is to give the timer a stopwatch function, allowing us to time how long it takes to perform a certain act, and base the consequences on the result.

Would be really cool to keep the undressing aspect of the game going past 'naked' by including various lingerie options, which players would put on as directed.

In addition to the other comments regarding size of decks, game cards, forums to exchange ideas/decks, etc., I also request the game board enlarged to take up the full screen and more squares added to make it a square shape more closely resembling 'Monopoly.' Also love the idea of having actions correspond to the theme of a property!

Finally, a more elaborate 'preferences' section would be a welcome improvement, or give the option to add our own, similar to the ability to add props (see the Adult Friend Finder checklist for an example).
Oct. 8th, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
Trading cards
Yes, I know I'm late to this thread, but...
I was hoping to find an online community of Onyx lovers, and maybe find a group in my hometown (Mpls/St.Paul Mn USA) to hook up with. However, I do have constructive suggestion: Allow people to export/import individual cards or even decks. Then someone (I'll do it if necessary) can set up a group somewhere to allow people to upload and download their favorite actions. Mix and match and the synergy of different ideas. Other than that, it's a wonderful game!
Nov. 20th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Create a community form accessed through the main Symtoys site.
Include the abilty to exchange custom cards. Perhaps as basic as exchanging emails
Add the ability to play remotely/online. Possible even leverage many existing apps.
Add webcam support if online ability was added.
Mar. 12th, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
More late comments...
Yay, another super late thread post. It would be nice if in addition to the categories of straight, bi, bi-curious, and gay there was the additional category of "straight-curious". Bi-curious is really just "gay-curious" as the game plays out. I have a queer friend who mostly likes to fuck members of the same sex, but would love to play this game but would prefer to stick to the simply "curious" side when it comes to members of the opposite sex.
Sep. 8th, 2011 06:10 am (UTC)
action cards
Is there a forum where players that have bought the game cand exchange their own custom action cards? That would be awesome.
Jul. 1st, 2016 09:09 pm (UTC)
I would very much enjoy more cards where more than two people were involved.

I'm very much looking forward to my second game in a couple of weeks!


PS: Now that's a Captcha!
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