Ludum Dare 37 — December 9th-11th, 2016 — Theme: One Room

Well, Mike ran in to problems getting working properly with about 12 hours left in the Compo, so this is the backup plan.

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The Library of Babel

by Ancient_Pixel - Compo Entry

Puh, that was a hard one. Halfway through the compo i decided to ditch the idea i was working on because i couldnt minimize the scope and startet all over again.
Now i fear the scope is too small^^
This game is based on a Novel by Jorge Luis Borges, that i always wanted to put into a game format; The Library of Babel. Of course the time was too short to realise everything i had in mind for the game. Not unusual for Ludum Dare ;P
So this game was mainly a test of my programming skills. You wander around in a library that streches infinitly and search the books, comprised of random letters, for your fate.

So far there is not much game inside, no objective or end to be found. Just as someone finding him/herself in such a library.

Interesting additions would be:
-implementing other liberians or even multiplayer
-adding objectives (eg finding something or someone)

The Library of Babel is a really good read, btw :)

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MrEvilGuy says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:34am

This game is a marvel! This library is massive (I hear it's infinite). And every single book is its unique book!

Naca says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 4:23am

Yeeeaaah!! Good one! I've always found Borges' Library of Babel a really interesting concept. And I've been thinking about making a digital version too! It's good to see people sharing this curious ideas.

Regarding to the game, I have some questions for you in order to see how accurate it is respect to the novel: are the books' contents randomly generated? In the novel they were not. There was a limited number of books, not infinite, and each one was unique and different from the rest. If you generate them randomly, there could be two or more identical books. If they're not randomly generated... then how did you do it?? :D

BlackBulletIV says ...
Dec 25, 2016 @ 8:45am

Great concept here, with good art too. A shame you couldn't get it feature complete.

Ancient_Pixel says ...
Dec 28, 2016 @ 1:33pm

There are only unique books in this library and its somehow finite, because if you wander to the "end" of the library, the last room, the last floor and the last bookshelf the numbers overflow and you get from say: 1024 to -1024. In reality you get to visit about 18 Trillion rooms for 18 Trillion floors.

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