Ludum Dare 35 — April 15th-18th, 2016 — Theme: Shapeshift

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A Game

by steveklabnik - Compo Entry

So, I ended up writing an interactive game engine, which I call "Ludlum", and then a game written in that engine, which I have titled "A Game."

This is my first LD, and I've wanted to do it for a long time. However, since it's my first, and I didn't even know that I was going to participate until shortly before I got started, so I decided to pick something I've been doing since I was a kid: text adventures, or "interactive fiction", as they tend to be called nowadays.

It's a short game, but I decided to go meta: it's a game loosely based on my childhood, where you learn about programming games. "shapeshift", the theme, is more alluded to than it is direct: this is a game about how my own life was transformed by computers. Metaphors.

Furthermore, I wrote the game in Rust, the programming language I work on as my day job. It was a ton of fun. I picked a terminal library that apparently doesn't work with Windows, though, so that's unfortunate. It should work on Linux and Mac OS X.

Run the game from a terminal, and make sure to have the Game.toml file in the same directory as where you run it.

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Crown Games says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 1:26am

Any way to install on windows?

CJKinni says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 11:24am

Not being able to play on windows is a bit of a downer. There's no way of switching to a curses library or something that will work crossplatform? I'll try and run it in a VM later. The screenshots look neat.

steveklabnik says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:58pm

Yeah, sorry :( I'm using which has an issue open

I didn't realize this when starting, and would have chosen something else. I might be able to port it to curses, but the weekend is over now :/

ianh says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:15pm

Porting is explicitly allowed by the rules!

AGausmann says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:09am

Awesome idea! I too wrote a text-based game for my entry this year. It's good to see that this genre hasn't completely died away.

bobismijnnaam says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:48pm

Your game runs perfectly on Ubuntu 15.10 :) It plays nicely and the story is mildly interesting (and funny - didn't you read Dijkstra's papers before bedtime like any regular child? :p). Now that you've got a basic engine up and running, maybe make the gameplay a bit more exciting next time. A more interactive environment, maybe? :)

rodobodolfo says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 1:09am

I chose to stay outside and leave computers aside, maybe my subconscious is telling me something... anyways, good entry, works perfectly on Ubuntu. Good memories for me, It made me remember my first BASIC text adventures. good job!

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