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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Aperta Corporata

by amras0000 - Compo Entry

==If run_game.bat crashes, try running it again. There's a cache issue that I'm working on resolving. Often it works the second time around.==
This isn't a particularly difficult game, or a particularly involved one. Largely I've made a fun environment to just set up and watch. Treat your hourly income late-game as a score of sorts, change a couple tiles around every couple of minutes, and watch the AI deal with them, try and work out how they work.

I am currently working on a xenial build for debian-based linux distributions. Chat me up on IRC (Amras0000) if you want your OS represented.

The game requires an OpenGL 4.3 capable GPU. If there is enough demand I can make a much worse-looking version with many of the shaders stripped out, which should run on most potatoes.

All instructions should be available as posters on the wall. Controls are WASDQER, 123, and mouseclick.

Things that are poorly explained (will likely fix this in a post-LD version):
you get cash whenever an employee is "working". This is indicated by them having a laptop out and bobbing their head. They will not perform work if they haven't had a meeting or if they are thirsty.
The yellow/brown tiles you can place on the ground are PATHS. employees walk much faster on them.

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Viperfish9 says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:07am

Cool little game, took me a while to understand it but after that and getting a good setup, I was reaping in those sweet gains :). Nice graphics and music, didn't even know you could do such complex graphics with python.

Josh H says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 4:25pm

Unfortunately I wasn't able to run this. It crashed and I reloaded it and it got to the congrats screen and then hung. I'm running OpenGL 4.5, so I'm not sure what's going on. I'm disappointed as this looks like a great game. Congrats on completing though! (I didn't rate any categories)

Dec 12, 2016 @ 6:14pm

This a really relaxing little game and I really like the mechanics in place. I feel if you had more time you could really build on them and create something pretty cool.

eruiz00 says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 6:42pm

Hey very innovative game!

kd7uiy says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 6:53pm

Looks great, but after downloading it, I'm getting an error: "AssertionError: _current_shader_context != NULL at line 6010 of c:\projekte\panda3d\src\glstuff\glGraphicStateGuardian_src.cxx". Something to do with rendering pipeline. Too bad, it looks great!

makhovykh says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 7:18pm

Good game)

nikitapash says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 8:37pm

The mechanics are good

Zarkonnen says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 8:37pm

Impressive details and graphics. :)

sfje-team says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 9:37pm

Some files seem to be missing ... can't get it to run.

Zee says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 10:13pm

A nice relaxing game. The music fit really well with the mood. The posters giving you game-play instructions was a nice touch, but I was a little lost that the red tables meant meeting tables, and the paths were meant to be paths. Once I figured it out though, I had fun trying to minimize roots and paths.

Not being able to select what you wanted, and having to choose between the pieces was a nice touch, forcing you to make sacrifices in the layout. Once I got into the green, there was little to do though. A way to use the money, or some type of end goal would have been nice.

Overall, It's a nice starting point for a simulator or tycoon game!

PeachTreeOath says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 8:00am

I think this concept has a lot of potential. A simulation game where placement formation has different benefits is pretty awesome. Kinda like the sims except placement isn't completely arbitrary. If things other than the tables could form up (like 4 plants into a tree) and create different benefits, then you can force the player to make some pretty compelling decisions.

HuvaaKoodia says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:22pm

A neat simulation, but sure enough this doesn't work as a game as there's no way to win or lose!

On the technical side the graphic are simple yet competent. The performance isn't great though. Fullscreen is pretty much out of the question on my computer.

Turning a profit takes a while, but of course it doesn't really matter in this case. The real-time profit per hour counter is great. Someone goes for a drink of water, the profits plummet!

Lastly, I would like to be able to hire and sack staff as I see fit. At the moment there's a lot of empty tables at Torture & Cookies ltd and Jennifer is getting on my nerves!

Geckoo1337 says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 6:17pm

A fun game with a quiet music which fits really well with the mood. The aesthetic is good. Well done ++

Tkachov says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 6:53am

Very nicely done! Even when I knew I don't have anything left to do anymore, I wanted to spend some time just watching how that goes.

Then I just didn't do anything the whole day just to see how much the employees can get within one day: it's something like 935$ with 145$/h at max somewhat around 12:30.

wowa_u says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 11:50am

Could not start the game. Error log:

Yvanor says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 12:13pm

Interesting little game, it's quite relaxing to see the small characters working. The graphics are minimalist but allow to focus more on the object's placement. Good job !

DOXM says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 2:42pm

I can't run it, it is not responding and it quits after the panda logo.

Thijs Tak says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 3:31pm

Unfortunately I was unable to run the game due to an outdated gpu.

Tezra says ...
Dec 22, 2016 @ 5:17am

I like that there's a bit of tutorial in the room itself :) always enjoy a good simulation game and this one is not bad. I knew what to do when I hover over my employees to look at their current status. Without a goal it is hard to continue much further.

dollarone says ...
Jan 2, 2017 @ 11:52pm

I am not a good MD.

Although I do have a nice office with lots of water coolers and plenty of tables!

This was a cool and fun simulator. Would be great to have a tutorial and maybe some "missions", but that might come in the post-LD version!

Great graphics and relaxing music! Good work!

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