Game Concept and First Screenshot

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April 23rd, 2010 11:50 pm

So I’m thinking the game (networked multiplayer real time strategy game with trade, military, and acts of god) will be a little bit like Tigris and Euphrates. I really like that board game, and thought I’d borrow the concept of competing dynasties vying for control of a finite number of industries / institutions. In Tigris and Euphrates there is (forgive my not knowing the actual names they use in the game) farming/cultivation, religion, trade, and rule/order.

In Tigris and Euphrates, your final score is the lowest score you possess in any of these four industries/institutions. You distribute your representatives (one for each institution) among the various kingdoms in Babylon. As the kingdoms develop, your representatives earn you points for developments in the kingdom that apply to their designated institution. I don’t think I’m going to do that exactly, but what I do like the idea of doing is allowing kingdoms to merge and divide through acts of god.

So in my idea is that each player will be given a finite number of acts of god they can play. To bridge islands together, a player must invoke Global Warming Land Bridge which causes the water level to recede and reveal a land bridge beneath the surface of the ocean. This will cut off oceanic channels (changing the game board with respect to sending your ships places) and it will merge two islands. As in Tigris and Euphrates this means that leadership of the new unified kingdom/island will be contested and one of the dynasties loses out. I’m not sure of the specifics for my game, but I like this idea. The inverse operation of the Global Warming Land Bridge is not an act of god, but a simple Canal.

Anyhow, here is the screenshot I promised. It looks much cooler with motion and blinking, but Istanbul has been completely broken on Ubuntu 9.10 for over half a year now, so I can’t exactly do a screen capture of video right now :(

Sailing North-North West

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