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WoAIII: Your Power is Mine!

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Thaumaturge

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I'm rather tired as I write this, so my apologies if it's a little short, or a little fuzzy!

However, I finally settled on a concept!

My game--which is as yet untitled--is intended to be a near-top-down procedural shooter with perma-death. Each level is divided into a series of rooms, in which the player is tasked with killing all enemies before being allowed to move on. (I suppose that this technically qualifies for "death being useful, but that's not what I have in mind--read on...)

Turning to the theme, it occurred to me that the theme states that "death is useful"--but it doesn't say to whom death is useful. In this game, the player's death is intended to be useful to the enemy. Specifically, when the player dies, their most successful (or perhaps most used) spells are distributed amongst the various enemy types--that wonderful fire spell that you so enjoyed using to fry monsters might be turned on you in the next run! Furthermore, if the player dies far enough into the game on a given run, the mid-game boss is replaced by one based on the player. Finally, enemies that perform poorly against the player will likely be given a lower weighting during level generation, and perhaps those that do well will be given a higher weighting.

I may also add some small bonus for the player on reaching their body (placed at an appropriate point in the next run's levels)--perhaps some sort of boost or powerup.

The game is intended to be short and linear: at the moment I intend four levels of four- to seven- rooms each, with a final boss at the end and a lesser boss at the mid-game point.

As to my progress, I'm a little behind, I'm afraid. I'd hoped to have a prototype out before bed, but it's late and I'm exhausted--it will wait for the new day, I fear. I've thus far implemented basic movement, the beginnings of spell collectibles, and some basic level generation, all using place-holder models (although I might keep the floor texture). Take a look:
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[indent=1](The little T-form fellow near the centre is my place-holder character, the large red-based object near the top-left is a place-holder spell collectible, and the tubes are walls.)


Here, then, is my list of intended goals (presuming that I'm forgetting none):

  • Four or five types of enemy, each with their own patterns of behaviour--some might charge in, others might hug the walls, still others might leap about, and so on.
  • Lots of spells! biggrin.png
  • A mechanic that allows the player to select from three randomly-selected spells on collecting a spell powerup
  • Player death, the distribution of their spells
  • Progression through the rooms of each level, and from one level to the next.
  • The main boss
  • The mid-boss, with some means of altering it to reflect a player-death
  • Saving of the various pieces of data such that the death-related changes persist between plays
  • Interior walls and pits, the latter being a hazard for the player.
  • Proper level geometry, including outer walls, inner walls, and pits


    And finally, a list of "nice-to-haves", in rough descending order of preference:

    • Side-quests: short excursions from the central path, perhaps providing powerups at the risk of death.
    • Alternative texture-sets for the levels, in order to reduce the monotony.
    • More enemies! biggrin.png
    • More levels
    • Perhaps procedurally-generated spells
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Nice take on the theme! A procedural space shooter...with spells. That's quite creative (especially the portion regarding the enemy concept). I do hope that you're able to fulfill all of your goals! :)

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I read boss and mid-boss!!!

DO IT!

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Here's hoping that I manage to get all of that done!

 

 

sounds great thaum!

Thank you! ^_^

 

Nice take on the theme! A procedural space shooter...with spells. That's quite creative (especially the portion regarding the enemy concept). I do hope that you're able to fulfill all of your goals! smile.png

Thank you very much! ^_^

 

There's much to do, I'm behind by a day, and there are many distractions, but I'm hopeful!

 

I do feel that I should note that it's not a space shooter, but rather a fantasy shooter--although quite frankly the difference is more one of trappings than substance, I do feel.

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I do feel that I should note that it's not a space shooter, but rather a fantasy shooter--although quite frankly the difference is more one of trappings than substance, I do feel.

 

 

Whoops! Sorry about that! I don't know how that idea popped into my head. A fantasy shooter is all the more alluring, I'd say.

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Whoops! Sorry about that! I don't know how that idea popped into my head. A fantasy shooter is all the more alluring, I'd say.

Not a problem! The fantasy setting is of course rather more alluring to me, too. happy.png

(Well, I would hope that it is--I'm the one who chose the setting for this game, after all! ^^; )

Funnily enough, I have several times toyed with (and even occasionally implemented versions of) one or another sort of fantasy "space" shooter, whether in 3D (think of games like FreeSpace) or 2D (think of games like Solar Winds). It's a combination that seems to be rather seldom used, and something that I think that I might rather enjoy, especially if it brings in some of the elements of fantasy--and especially of magic and cosmology--not often found in sci-fi settings. Imagine a space game set amongst celestial spheres and crystal stars, for example, or in a misty, aethereal realm. I've thus far not produced anything that I've been terribly happy with, but I do keep coming back to the idea...

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