I hate that when you fail to move forward a square you ram things and take damage. Â So, I improved the vehicle motionÂ when ramming or colliding with a wall. Â I also fixed some issues with trying to ram things diagonally… Â that was irritating. Â FinallyÂ you could previously take a lot ofÂ damage when ramming something inconsequential, but now you cannot take more damage than it takes to kill the opponent (and in the current configuration you only take half that damage… this will ultimately be adjustable based on your equipment).
As usual, check out the AutoFire page for the update.
It’s been aÂ little under a week sinceÂ the conclusion of the 7DRL and I’ve been excited that people have been pretty receptive to my entry, AutoFire. Â I had a lot of fun making it and peopleÂ seem to be having fun with it too:
In the past week I’ve gotten some good feedback, some of which I’ve been able to act on. Â The first bit is that folks are excited about drifting and controlled skids in the game, and I realized thatÂ by allowing players to drop below zero grip (into the red) is really punishing… Â It’s very hard to regain traction without crashing. Â IÂ updated the game to not allow the grip to drop below zero, so a moment of control will allow players to get control back… Â This makes it a little more about deliberately losing control and then regaining, Ridge Racer style. Â This is something I want to continuously refine, and supplement with skid marks and other speed feedback.
I also added a “preview” in the grip meter of how much grip you’d lose if you do a maneuver at that moment. Â It’s difficult to figure out the right type of feedback for a keyboard-driven game like a Roguelike. Â I wanted to keep the “one input, one turn advances” feel of a typical Roguelike, so it’s hard to give much information about what your next action will result in (without mouseover or two-stepÂ advancement) .
People also still have a little difficulty understanding the four weapon mounts and their individual cooldowns. Â I added a bit of information aboutÂ the weapon that would be fired when showing a viable target. Â I will probably alsoÂ show a prediction of the damage to be done and more on-map indications of the weapon to be fired… perhaps a change in the crosshair or displaying the weapon sprite.
Some others suggested that the game was too easy, which I won’t deny. Â I was pretty stingy with the dropsÂ early in development, but for the 7DRL release I worried that all the work on weapon upgrades I did wouldn’t be noticed, so it ended up pretty generous. The goal eventually is to create situations where youÂ haveÂ to drive fastÂ to get the extra attacks and stay alive, so it’s definitely a goal to balance things better. Once I get enemies obeying line-of-sight (haha) and reduce their hit chance firing at a high-speed target you’ll have more tools at your disposal and I can crank up the difficulty.
Some additional things to come:
World tiles that aren’t cobbled together from a number of sprite libraries (they were so damn ugly)
Competent world generation that feels like a place to drive.
Loot improvementsÂ such as armor patches that must be mounted on a single side, improved tires (grip) and improved engines (speed).
Enemy vehicles (At last! This was a painful cut for 7DRL but I ran out of time)
Not to mention an actual adventuring environment with areas to advance through, assassination contracts, vehicle gangs, and so on. So much to do!
Welp, the 7-Day Roguelike ChallengeÂ ended in a photo finish… Not only was I putting in stuff up to the very end, but I uploaded a build to my website and not a minute later I hear an EXPLOSION outside and the power goes out. There’s a transformer out on one side of us and a power line down in the other, so no more power today.
Luckily I have a nerd-huge phone and managed to use it to update my website and finish my entry into the challenge’s website. A few minutes later and all the hard work this week would have ended in a major disappointment. Instead I’m pretty happy with the results!
For 2016 I wanted to stray from the comfortable gameplay I did for my inaugural 7DRL with Huge. There were some systems for turn-based car combat that Iâ€™ve been tossing around for a whileâ€¦ But applied to the Roguelike mold.
Day 5 of the 7-Day Roguelike ChallengeÂ has completed now and I’ve finally gotÂ smooth vehicle movement in my Auto RL. Â I put some time intoÂ anÂ improved UI that hopefully starts to convey the concept of “you get more actionsÂ when you go fast”. Â With this is the implementation of Grip, which drains from manuevers at high speeds so you can lose control Â ItÂ has hints of greatness but is hard to deliver satisfyingly on a grid in 7 days.
My remainingÂ work on weapon pickups and types, some improved world generation and a weapon pickup inventory, and hopefully an opponent you’re stalking (I’m starting to regret throwingÂ out my boss code from last year!)
Since I don’t have time for you to get out of the car and salvage, you just run over the equipment and I’ll prompt you to choose which of the four weapons you want to replace (or discard it).
My one regret is spending as much time as I did on the basic spritesÂ on Sunday. Â Last year I was reasonably good about keeping the scale ofÂ Oryx’s sprites so thatÂ 24×24 was a standard tile, but this year I had to bring in graphics from a number of sources that varied from 16×16 to a car I found that was some weird rez like 56×108. Â Plus, I reduced the size of Oryx’s character sprites which impliesÂ a resolution of 32×32. Â In a way it probably would have been better in this case to stay representational and not cobble together a vague swipe at pretty, but it inspires me to workÂ in an environment withÂ visual flavor.
Check it outÂ below… Â I apologize for the atrocious 20-minute sound hookup. Â 2 days left, wish me luck!
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!
This year is my second 7DRL, and this time I wanted to push some systemsÂ Iâ€™ve been tossing around in my head for years. Â The plan isÂ to get the playerÂ driving an armored car through a post-apocalyptic wasteland, battling bandits andÂ salvaging gear while hunting downÂ bounty contracts. Â I chose to strip down last yearâ€™s entry HugeÂ and use it as a starting point,Â focusing on significantÂ core mechanical improvements that will hopefullyÂ set it apart from that entry.
Day 1 was a busy one, ripping out the fantasy graphics and putting inÂ sci-fi themed ones fromÂ Oryx and other sources. Â IÂ added facing and vehicle functionality to my entity system, with a variable turn-length based on speed. Â I also roughed in an uglyÂ HUD with the various systems I wanted to track. Unity makes a lot of theÂ early stuffÂ fairlyÂ simple, but now I actually have to make this stuff work and hopefully fun!