Hurrah, congrats on release!
Recent community posts
Oh crud! I missed this thread. The community blog in previous years was really cool, but I see this is just not well advertised and hardly anyone is using it yet. Wish it picks up more, and becomes a big thing next year.
But so far noone has posted more than one entry, they've just linked to their devlogs elsewhere. But you intended people post as often as they want, right?
Seilburg and I have been posting daily devlog entries for Portlligat on our itch.io game page, but the chance of anyone actually seeing them during the week is low. Feels lonely. I think a community blog feed is ideal, although twitter hashtags are pretty similar. I crosspost to another forum but it's a nuisance. I wish that were automated... i.e. if we could create a feed of devlog entries from everyone's itch.io pages and from every thread in this forum! itch.io does allow creating private feeds... can be they be public too?
Hmm, wow. This is ambitious in the sense of trying to get a fun game out of a difficult concept. If you manage, that could be pretty interesting.
I see three different possible ways to set up the core gameplay loop of the game:
-Puzzle game: the player has to think carefully about the consequences of every move they make, by working through the GoL rules.
-Like a causal RL, faster paced: how exactly the game will respond to the player's action does not really matter. The GoL rules are essentially a random number generator with visible state. The player takes actions quickly, bashes through the living blocks, mostly probably removing more than adding them, and dodges the formations that move towards them. They will hopefully gain some intuition as to how to react to a particular formation but they can survive without it. It's like Space Invaders except the invaders move in highly complex patterns, multiplying and disappearing.
-Like a traditional RL: combination of the above two. The game is not a series of carefully set up puzzles, it's a collection of primitives like blocks and gliders which the player learns straightforward rules to deal with. After a short learning period the player makes decisions quickly much of the time, but in tricky situations they stop and think, working through the GoL rules to figure out what to do.
From your description I'm not sure whether you were going for #1 or #3, but probably #1? I personally would go for #3 as otherwise it's a puzzle game (isn't it meant to be a RL?), and in my experience playing with GoL in that way gets tedious.
(crossposted from the devlog)
An hour in and so far we've written a blurb, and accidentally rm -rf'd an empty git repository!
We are far better prepared this time, both with tools and design, and this will be a unique RL which I'm excited. Details will leak out over the week. And yet the very lengthy design doc seems to leave us needing to make most decisions as we go.
For this game we will once again be using Godot, as we did for Slumber. Some code will be reused from the previous game, plus other preexisting utility code, in particular Schemat, an ontology language and inference framework I've been working on to help describe properties and interactions between objects -- still completely nonfunctional, and written in the wrong programming language! More on that later.
Good luck to all!
I'm surprised there aren't many people keeping devlogs here. Where are the other 1000 people?! Keeping a devlog is one of the most fun parts of a game jam/contest!
Meanwhile Seilburg and I have been posting daily devlogs. That's 9 so far. Maybe we should have cross-posted here. Our game is on a disastrous course so I'll openly admit that the tragedy unfolding in the devlog will probably be more engrossing than the game itself.
@Seilburg and I are beginning our 7DRL entry, a (slightly) esoteric base-building survival roguelike with working title "Slumber" and this is its announcement and devlog.
We are creating it using Godot and will be making the game almost from scratch, reusing very few existing resources or scripts. We did spend a few weeks on the design doc though. I'm using this as an excuse to learn Godot - I don't know what I'm doing yet!
Officially running from 6am UTC 1/3/20 - 6am UTC 8/3/20