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I lost my ship and now I'm stranded.

This happens sometimes in the game. Is there a way I can quickly jump to the end of the current time loop / kill myself, short of bashing my head in on the nearest rock, or jetpacking into the sun? This can take a long time if I'm floating way out in the void

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If something goes badly awry and you can't find a fast enough method of killing yourself, the game provides two mechanisms by which you may instantly end your current cycle.

The first method, available to everyone at any time: open the pause menu and quit to the game's title screen. The game warns that your progress will not be saved. While any updates to your ship log will persist, you will resume playing from the start of a new loop.

If you'd prefer something more diegetic that skips straight to the start of a new cycle, find your fellow traveler Gabbro on Giant's Deep after you have died at least twice. (Gabbro's island is the only one with smoke coming out of it; you can also use track his flute-music using your signalscope, or if you've met him before, mark him on the rumor map.) If you've talked to him in at least one earlier loop, you'll have the option to ask him how he remains so calm in the face of repeated deaths, at which point he will offer to teach you to meditate. When you accept this offer, the current loop will end. You will then permanently unlock the option to meditate at any time and jump to the next loop.

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    I think that by progress they mean your position and time in the loop, not the things you discovered.
    – Millard
    Apr 18 at 22:33
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Gabbro on Giant's Deep can teach you meditation, which immediately ends your loop. You can find him by listening for nearby signals when you get to the planet. He's on an island, swinging in a hammock near a campsite. Look for a plume of smoke.

I'm not 100% sure what triggers him teaching this to you. The first time I found him, I talked to him about how he also experiences loops, but I didn't see any option to learn meditation from him. I talked to him again on a later loop and asked him something like "How do you stay so calm when you know we're going to die?" and he taught me meditation (which, by the way, immediately ends that loop for you when you acquire it).

Meditation can then be accessed at any time from the pause menu.

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  • I think you just have to speak to him, then speak to him again a subsequent loop, possibly after dying.
    – GnomeSlice
    Jun 5 '19 at 2:09

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