Ludum Dare 32 — April 17th-20th, 2015 — Theme: An Unconventional Weapon

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Catholic Apologetics Simulator

by Kalman90Grape - Jam Entry

You are a Roman Catholic. You are sitting on your front porch on a beautiful Summer day. You see a man in very nice clothing walking down the sidewalk carrying a brown book. The man stops at your house and walks up to your porch and introduces himself. He asks you questions about your faith. You need to answer all of them using Bible verses that you've written down before-hand on a cheat sheet for just such an occasion. Can you do it?

This game is based on the idea of a Catholic Apologist, using the Bible as his weapon of choice. Once the game starts you will have to type in Bible verses from your cheat sheet to answer the Christian man, but you'll have to look them up in a Bible to figure out which one is appropriate.

This is my third Ludum Dare now, and my first Jam. I entered the Jam because I was simply too busy during the first two days of the competition to finish the game. As it is, I only got around 20 hours of work in the game over the course of the 3 days I worked on it. I made this game by myself, all the code is by me, the graphics are by me, and the sound(which is non-existent) is by me. Written in Java, as usual by now. To run the game, download the zip, extract it's contents to a folder, and run the .bat file. If .bat files don't work on your computer, hopefully you know how to use the java commands to run it. The source files are in the zip as well.

Note: This game is not aimed at anyone. I am not trying to say anything about anyone's beliefs, I have simply written a game where you answer questions about mine. I hope you enjoy it.

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pianoman373 says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 4:20pm

Nice job, the walking up scene must have taken awhile, I kinda wished i could have just clicked on the cheat sheet instead of having to type it in.

Also I found a way to put the game in a jar instead of using the whole .bat file and JDK and all. Just compile the game in a runnable jar, and put the resources next to the actual jar instead of in the jar. You might wanna fix that since not alot of people have JDK.

UrbanHelsing says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 4:42pm

The walk part takes too long time

Kalman90Grape says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 6:59pm

@pianoman373 thanks for the feedback. I'll see about putting the files in a jar.

@UrbanHelsing Ha ha, yeah, it is annoyingly long. But I wanted it to be realistic.

Wevel says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 5:09pm

Annoying having to type things, also it would have been nice for a summery of each verse

Kalman90Grape says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 11:04pm

Wevel: Yeah, I wish I had enough time to do something like that. This was my first time ever using edit boxes in Java to let the user type in text, actually. I probably could have made it better if I knew more. Thanks for the reply.

Langouste says ...
Apr 28, 2015 @ 3:59pm

Super game! I love it, thanks ;)

Kalman90Grape says ...
May 2, 2015 @ 3:15am

@Langouste Thank you! I'm glad you like it!

amras0000 says ...
May 2, 2015 @ 6:24am

The animation up front took a while, and I couldn't figure out how to answer the purgatory thing; I couldn't find any mention of it in the verses listed...

Jajo says ...
May 2, 2015 @ 10:16am

It took the Christian guy a while to get to me. The graphics were pretty decent, sound next time? It is rather difficult without a bible though ;)

JonathanG says ...
May 2, 2015 @ 10:27am

It's great to see a game based around Christian faith and the Bible, because that's difficult to do. I found myself putting forward arguments that I didn't necessarily agree with, but looking for answers in the Bible is a great principle, and having to look up the passages outside the game makes people think about the issues and the interpretation.

Kalman90Grape says ...
May 2, 2015 @ 5:05pm

amras0000: Oh, I mistyped 1 Corinthians 3:15. It's supposed to be 1 Corinthians 3:10-15.

Kalman90Grape says ...
May 2, 2015 @ 5:08pm

Jajo: Heh heh, sorry about that. I think it works better needing a Bible to play, but it does limit who can play sometimes. Fortunately, I think more people own Bibles than any other book in the world. And sound would be cool. I just have to figure out how to do it in Java.

Kalman90Grape says ...
May 2, 2015 @ 5:10pm

Thanks for the feedback! I'm glad you liked the idea.

panurge says ...
May 2, 2015 @ 7:22pm

Great idea and I liked the need to seek answers outside the game (those who don't have a Bible can surely use the internet). It's a really interesting and thought-provoking approach.

I agree with some of the other players that it would have been nice to click on the links rather than type but that's a minor quibble.

Snicklodocus says ...
May 3, 2015 @ 4:34am

Very interesting game! I don't think I've seen anyone else use this idea for the theme. I kind of liked typing things in, made the experience more tactile. Good job!

Kalman90Grape says ...
May 7, 2015 @ 4:14am

Panurge: Thanks! I'm glad you liked it!

Snicklodocus: Thank you! I was hoping it would be different from the other games in the competition.

Red_Fan games says ...
May 8, 2015 @ 11:44pm

Linux please?

Kalman90Grape says ...
May 9, 2015 @ 4:12am

@Red_Fan games if you can tell me how to do what you want, I will. But it is Java so it technically should work with Linux without me doing anything extra.

Crowbeak says ...
May 10, 2015 @ 1:14am

As someone unfamiliar with Bible verses, I found this game far too opaque. This is a neat idea, one I'd be interested in seeing again if it were fleshed out.

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