My jam entry is rooted in board games, which makes it more complex than some people may be used to. Since the in game help is limited I thought I would make a quick tutorial video. If you have questions don’t hesitate to ask!
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Cosmic Conga is a fast paced strategy game that may… or may not be, balanced
Most of the feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive (thanks everyone!) with the one exception of a psychotically insane AI difficulty.
Fancy a challenge? Try and beat the original LD submission Play [Web]
Sick of that stupid AI? Try our brand spanking new ‘balanced’ version Play Balanced [Web]
I stress ‘balanced’ as I’ve spent so much time testing this build I’m not entirely sure what constitutes ‘difficult’ anymore
Thanks to everyone who helps make Ludum Dare possible,
And congrats to everyone who submitted, the entries keep getting better every time.
So couple hours into the jam the core gameplay works. The player can place, remove and edit grid trigger plates. The runner behaves accordingly with game-over and win states working. If you feel like giving it a try there is a webplayer here: http://www.the2ndsky.ch/LD28/
The goal is to build a path to the target block by using various trigger plates that change the path of the runner. Once you click play you have no more influence into the game, hence the theme “you only get one”. What do you guys think?
I’ll now work on camera function, two more trigger plates and then I’ll decide upon an art-style as well as a setting. Followed by modelling and finding the right sound effects. Watch it all go down in history: http://www.twitch.tv/polyganz
So after spending an extensive amount of time in the shower and crying like a little boy over the theme “you only get one” I’ve finally come up with the following idea:
Grid runner is an isometric strategic puzzle game.
The goal is to get a runner into the target zone in one run by adjusting his path through various grid plates that can be placed in his way.
The player has a limited amount of grid plates available to solve each level.
So in a way its like a problem solving game where the player defines a set of actions that get executed in an order with the hope of a profitable result. In this case: of the runner getting into the target zone. What do you guys think?
I’ve yet to find a proper setting for this type of game so I’ll work on the functionality for now. I’ll mostly be using Unity3D pro, 3Ds Max and Photoshop. If you’re curious like George then you can also watch it all go down in flames (or not) on my stream that I intend to keep open for the whole LD: http://www.twitch.tv/polyganz
I’m in for this October Challenge. The game I’m currently working on is Mutant Gangland, a Turn Based Strategy game set in a floating wasteland in which Mutants and Exo Mutants fight for control of the island. I keep a devlog on Devsofa and I will most likely share allot of stuff in the upcoming days.
Here’s a fresh vid:
Best of luck to everyone!
Well, the fact that I got this far must signify something.
This is my first Ludum Dare (the first for my partner too) and I’m pretty happy with the results. At 4:00 P.M on Sunday I was pretty sure this was going to be an absolute flop – but somehow it actually worked itself out. So without further ado, I’ll introduce the game concept and a few other details.
Game concept: It was heavily inspired by Chronotron, a game where players can go back in time and solve puzzles by making their former selves do part of the work. I played Chronotron a while back and didn’t really think much of it at first. But then… I realized there might just be something to this game that could be applied elsewhere. As in, the concept of time travel. Before Chronotron, I’d never really heard of a game which used time travel as a gameplay element. Turns out there are a few, but most of them don’t implement it like Chronotron.
So we decided to give time travel a second chance and incorporate it into a turn-based semi-strategy game. You would have as much time as you wanted to think about your actions, and then you would execute them. I even had ideas for a kind of time-travel portal device (past portal and future portal).
And the name of the game: Timing is Everything
What went well:
- During the early part of game development, I was just churning out code. My partner was drawing pretty well (I’m have the artistic skills of a planarian) and a lot of the early code was working flawlessly on the first test.
- The art style was definitely influenced by games like Geometry Wars and Pew-Pew. One would think that it would have no place in such a strategic game. But it actually fit in quite nicely.
- Some levels were quite creative. My partner designed all of them (although I did help out). The ideas of paradox avoidance shows up in the later levels and was well executed.
- Libgdx proved to be pretty easy to use as well as cross-platform.
What didn’t go so well:
- Time travel was a real pain to deal with. To make it easier on ourselves, we had started with a goal of making ANY game entity capable of traveling through time (just in case that time-portal device ended up being used). When I actually got to coding the player’s interactions with the time machine I hit problems. Originally, we wanted the player to be able to specify how far back in time they wanted to travel. This ended up creating a lot of annoying bugs and glitches, and the little framework which I had written didn’t suffice. So, we ended up ditching a huge chunk of code and going back to doing things Chrontron style – you can only go back to second 0. And after a lot of modification, we got that to work. The other problem was being able to use the time machine more than once. And the idea that when former selves went into the time machine, they had to DISAPPEAR but still get reverted later on. One of my ideas that never ended up completely working was that former selves could be linked to their future selves via some kind of linked list starting at the current player. In the end, annoying bugs and glitches made a game with more than two instances of the player impossible, and we ended up compromising and only allowing the players to use the time machine twice. If we had thought through the implications of time-travel ahead of time, we could have made a far simpler and more efficient framework which would have been able to handle that.
- Some of the early levels were a bit too hard. Level 2 should have been level 8. And level 10 was too easy (at first). Some levels were designed with only 1 solution… so if you made one wrong move or if you forgot to sprint, you would inevitably fail.
- The code eventually disintegrated into an absolute mess in the later hours. Best to look at the actual code if you want to see what an “absolute mess” looks like. Some code was unused.
- Real life got in the way. This is probably the busiest time of the year for me, and to shove everything to the side for the Dare was not easy. In reality, we only put about 20 hours of work into this entry in the 72 hours we had to make it.
- Porting issues. While they say “Port later” in the guide, be careful. If you want to make a web game, prototype on your browser frequently. I didn’t and I had an 1 hr and 45 mins to figure out Libgdx’s GWT port. And it didn’t work, so sometime this week when I have time, I’ll have to make a web port.
Anyways, if you haven’t yet played it, try it out here.
Except the sketches in my notebook on screen I have only a 10 seconds counter lol !
Anyways I decided to go for a primitive strategy/simulation with 10 second battles. The gameplay will be tactical with crucial placement of army stacks (doh). During the battle time however player will have to wait and hope for his army to accomplish the goal. This will be my first time creating a strategy with lots of units and I’ll try to escape from the tower defence reeking around the idea.
Next comes the Engine…
Progress will be kept here: http://www.foumartgames.com/dev/ld/2013-Inherity/
So basically it’s a rip off of Z, from The Bitmap Brothers (1996), but on rails.
You “control” an army of robots that are too stupid to be controlled directly. So you have a set of waypoints when you give them direction orders. You win when you reach the enemy fort waypoint.
That’s pretty much it. It’s ugly but functional.
Source code is there, on github.
Cya late august for the next LD !
EGGZ is a real-time strategy game with eggz in it – click on the EGGZ for a sweet 48-hour
As mentioned in my last post Eggz was essentially finished in 48 hours, though they’ve been a couple of bug-fixes and enhancements since then. I’ve also been very lazy about building a version for distribution, but I’ve finally gotten around to it:
Unfortunately the game has no AI, so if you don’t have a friend to play with you’re not going to get much out of the game
I’ve drawn up a quick state-machine that should play the game adequately but it’s not going to be in the 7dRTS version I’m afraid. Check the game page for any post compo improvements
Looking forward to playing your games guys, I really love RTSs – let’s revive this genre
Good new everyone
EGGZ is a real-time strategy game with eggz in it…
I was really happy to hear that there’s a 7 Day RTS, because I really love RTS game – it’s a pity more indies don’t make them!
Anyhow, we held this friendly multiplayer oriented game jam called the “Funky Future” last weekend, so I decided to make a single-screen competitive RTS controlled with the keyboard (or a gamepad) and with no elimination. The game was basically finished last weekend, but I’ve been tweaking it and doing bugfixes since then.
Well, I was really not wishing for minimalistic to be voted as a theme for this Ludumdare but, well, C’est la vie. The way I see it, I can take one of the following routes:
- Minimal Graphics: Monochrome or simple geometric figures
- Minimal Gameplay: small set of goals and interaction options
- Have a character named “Malistic, Mini Malistic”
I decided to go with option number two and design a small “strategy game” with little to no interaction during game play. The basic idea is this: The player has a certain number of points at his disposal. By spending those points he can buy and deploy troops on the battlefield at the start of the game: Infantry, Rocketers, Tanks and Anti-infantry Vehicles. He must assess the situation and, based on the amount of points as his disposal, choose the best possible line-up. After he places his units and clicks start they will proceed to search for the enemy on the map. At this point, the player will only be able to mark certain locations as important (and thus, a few units nearby will go towards that location) or drop Health Packs (to aid his units). Here’s a screenshot featuring the current progress:
That’s about it for now. I’m actually curious to where I can take this game.
My entry for MiniLD 39 has been posted http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/minild-39/?action=preview&uid=15656 The hindsight for this entry was what would I have done had a school shooting right before LD#25 had not happened and I went with my original idea for that theme instead of a non-violent game.