SoÂ Iâ€™m halfway through the week and makingÂ okay progress on my Auto RL. Â In the last 3-plus days Iâ€™ve replaced the fantasy graphics from last yearâ€™s RL, ripped out all the sword-swinging and put in a vehicle system with multiple mounted weapons and variable actions per turn based on your vehicleâ€™s speed. Â Forward and back accelerate your vehicle and left and right will turn and advanceâ€¦ Â but I wanted to keep the feel of â€œone result per actionâ€ of typical Roguelikes.
So, if the player gets, say, 5 actions per turn (100 MPH), they have to choose each action whether they turn, shoot (whichÂ forces them to move straight that turn), change speed or wait (which will also result in moving forward). Â However,Â since each weapon has a fixed-duration cooldown, you have to switch to weapons on different sides of the vehicle if you want to attack multiple times a turn. Â Why exactly do you get more attacks when youâ€™re driving at higher speedsâ€¦? Â Adrenaline!
I had to start doing some cutting if I want to be done Sunday morning. Â I donâ€™t think I can do getting out of the car or vehicular enemiesÂ and my world generation quality may take a hit, but I know now that Iâ€™ve got a lot of work to do on UI and selling the movement of the car. Â My major improvement will be to hook up the â€œGripâ€ system, which will force players toÂ balance speed with control and allow for skids. Â Iâ€™m excited so far!