Ludum Dare 36 — August 26th-29th, 2016 — Theme: Ancient Technology

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Chatty

by DaleP - Competition Entry

An online multiplayer text-based game centered around a terrible 90s chat website. By interacting with other players and with the (fictional) corporate AI that runs the chat room, players can affect the course of each other’s game.

If you get online and it’s empty, I recommend waiting around for other players to show up and see what happens (just leave the browser tab open and go play other people’s games for a while). Of course, if you want to do things right away, there’s always the AI to talk to.

If the server crashes (you type and nothing happens or your browser gives an error message), let me know on twitter @dale_price

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Comments

peterthehe says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:07pm

Totally digging the comic sans. I was slightly confused about the leveling up system but managed to transfer some MegaloCoins (TM) XD. It's definitely funny and very much pays homage to days gone by.

Excellent work bro!

qzqxq says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:47am

I like the idea of a game like this (and the graphic style was excellent), but I wasn't able to accomplish very much in the game (even when I got a friend to join). I just gave coins and leveled up and then couldn't figure out what to do next.

Good work!

TeslaCools says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:58am

The game is quite clever, and I suppose it would be economically interesting with a larger playerbase, but with just two people and an AI (which is how my game was) it was a little slow. I like the natural text communication interface, and appreciate the idea of letting players figure stuff out, but it would be cool if all the players options for interacting with the AI were given to them (so they have something to do when no humans are online). Most of the criticism only stems from the fact that the playerbase wasn't large enough to provie the full experience, it seems like it would be great otherwise.

ZQMony says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:29am

This game has a cool idea and seems like it would be really fun. The only problem is that whenever I played, I was the only one. Nice job though!

8Keys Studios says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:34am

Was on with three people plus the AI, but couldn't really figure out what to do. Gave the AI a coin, received some coins - no idea haha. Kind of a fun chat program, but not really sure what to do with it as far as a game. A couple things - is the user list supposed to show other users in the chat? It only showed my name, so I had to keep asking if people were around. Also, the AI was very chatty with a small player base. The frequency of it "wondering if anyone is around" could probably be reduced. Fun idea!

jackyjjc says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:31am

It's a shame I couldn't do much while I was playing because I was the only one in the room. I managed to get to level 4 by just giving all my coins to the AI. Would love to get someone else to play it.

Ghen says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:27am

i can;t even creat screenname :/, clicking the button do nothing, i use firefox

olkeencole says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 12:35am

Yeah, I'm using Chrome and I can't seem to create my screen name. Is there a permissions issue maybe?

DaleP says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 10:09pm

@Ghen @olkeencole The server crashed due to a bug which should be fixed now.

@8Keys Studios – The AI should be a little quieter now. The sidebar was only meant to be a “status” area for yourself, not a user list. I had originally planned on players being able to receive and trade items that would show up as pictures in that area, but canned that feature due to time restraints, so it’s just a big empty area now. A user list would have been a good idea, though.

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