Trump 3016 Post-Mortem

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September 9th, 2015 11:42 pm

Greetings! I hope by now you have all had the pleasure (or misfortune) to play my LD33 entry: “Trump 3016“. The game stars Donald David Trump as he strives to reach Saturn in time after losing the Pluto debate to the cyborg-enhanced Hillary…. you know what, let’s try this again:

It’s a Trump-themed RPG Roguelike! (Dare I say… the only Trump-themed RPG Roguelike!)

The Good

  • I started with a simple Ruby script I had written to generate random dungeons. This was a helpful jump-start (which relegated me to the Jam, but that’s fine).
  • I really love the feel of exploring the random floors. This is what I’m most proud of.
  • Comments from my last 2 entries indicated people liked my humor and storytelling best (graphics and audio least). So I focused on that.
  • There is an absolute abundance of Trump out there. The story basically wrote itself.

The Bad

  • The battle system is woefully unbalanced. The game is unplayable past level 10.
  • I didn’t count on having pacing issues; 72 hours is a lot harder than 48! Props to all you Jammers.
  • RPG Maker has its own host of problems. I totally understand if you are allergic to RTP (but at least watch the intro!)

The Ugly

  • I lost a lot of time tracking down assets. It’s easier when I can just draw something (terrible) and be done with it.
  • This game might become a whole lot less funny in 2016. Sorry in advance!

Some other cool things about the game:

  • If you talk to the suited NPC near the doors, you can get a “Fabric of Reality” early  —this lets you enter the random seed for the next level, which will consistently generate the same level each time. Try entering your name, or any random information. Maybe you’ll spawn a cool layout.
  • It is cross-platform, which is no small feat for RPG Maker games.
  • It exists! We now live in a world where a Trump-themed RPG Roguelike exists! Huzzah, and you’re welcome!

If I were to do this again, I’d enlist someone else to do the battle balancing, or I’d streamline combat to focus on HP, Attack, and Defense (and Ikari).

I had a lot of fun making this game, although my next LD probably won’t use RPG Maker.


2 Responses to “Trump 3016 Post-Mortem”

  1. chabuduo says:

    Hilarious concept!

  2. sorlok says:

    @chabuduo: Thanks! Glad you liked it!

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