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« Reply #7830 on: January 13, 2018, 02:15:47 pm »

A spaceship-building game like Reassembly, but you have to build every gun by yourself, and all machinery is based on reactions between elements. Also, planets you can deorbit. You program the AI for ore refineries, spaceships, etc, using flowcharts. Engineering game?

You'd probably love Iron Seed. It's old, abandonware., So you should be able to find it. You're a master AI managing several others (who you also need to care for), and you need to maintain your ship with gathered resources. Except, you build everything from base materials and the time scale is pretty epic. Good thing you don't have an organic crew!
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« Reply #7831 on: January 13, 2018, 05:39:18 pm »

Iron Seed is actually open source nowadays.

This version should build on Linux, but I can't find binaries aside from the old DOS version.
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« Reply #7832 on: January 13, 2018, 06:07:09 pm »

I wish any game existed that was made by me.

Start small. Basically think like a writer: starting "a novel" is the worst way to get into writing, you need to start by writing short stories first. People get into indie gaming then decide to make a huge RPG or be-all-end-all space shooter right off the bat. This is the wrong approach for most people. Think about the least-complex games you can make, then make them all. Each one will have unique challenges, but you learn from each one as you go. Tic Tac Toe. Tetris. Pac Man. Pong -> Breakout -> Space Invaders -> Galaga -> 1942 -> Raiden -> Touhou is one possible development pathway. All these games can be built off the same growing codebase.

On the Extra Credits podcast (youtube: and recommended viewing for all wannabe game creators) they had a segment with advice for becoming a starting game designer. Plan out to make one game, in a week. That should include starting, completing and polishing the game, to the point where the game is "done" and you stick it up on itch.io, no matter how simple it is. The point is: it's a playable thing that you can show to other people. This is how it's done. Playable prototypes that you brush your hands off and say "well that ones done, now I'll make another one".

The alternative, and where people get stuck is by starting their "dream project" and never actually finishing it. Those "games" are often never in a "playable" state until much later. Build simple games, focusing on the "game loop" of actions that the player undertakes. Get playable demos out, even if they look like balls. You can always polish up the most promising ones later, but by making tons of prototypes, you can see which ones get the best feedback before expending additional effort on any one of them.
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« Reply #7833 on: January 13, 2018, 07:38:59 pm »

Pretty sure Japa has made games before? That arms dealer one, right?
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« Reply #7834 on: January 13, 2018, 10:08:55 pm »

Pretty sure Japa has made games before? That arms dealer one, right?

You're talking about Pimiko Plus?

That's made by a "Noyemi K." I believe. Noyemi's also a sprite artist, so they did the artwork themselves too. Dunno how they started developing games or making pixel art, though.

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« Reply #7835 on: January 13, 2018, 10:46:57 pm »

No, a game literally named "arms dealer". It was made by... someone around here. Wasn't Japa, I think.
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« Reply #7836 on: January 13, 2018, 10:52:07 pm »

Iron Seed is actually open source nowadays.

This version should build on Linux, but I can't find binaries aside from the old DOS version.

Except I'm on Windows. DOSBox to the rescue!
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« Reply #7837 on: January 13, 2018, 10:52:31 pm »

No, a game literally named "arms dealer". It was made by... someone around here. Wasn't Japa, I think.

yeah, i remember that, one of the devs hangs out here and gave out some free keys. the game was pretty decent for a indie project, simple but effective at making me feel like nic cage in lord of war.
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« Reply #7838 on: January 13, 2018, 11:45:36 pm »

No, a game literally named "arms dealer". It was made by... someone around here. Wasn't Japa, I think.

yeah, i remember that, one of the devs hangs out here and gave out some free keys. the game was pretty decent for a indie project, simple but effective at making me feel like nic cage in lord of war.

Twas Hemmingjay. Don't know if he still hangs around here, but he was always very generous w/ game giveaways (even outside their own project).
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« Reply #7839 on: January 15, 2018, 10:34:01 am »

That's it, I'm making my Survival Beat'em Up Side Scroller. You build a house by hitting it with a 2 by 4 until it breaks, then you perform an aerial special move while dropping hand grenades to plant your crops.
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« Reply #7840 on: January 15, 2018, 09:47:42 pm »

a strategy game where every great scifi civilization can duke it out in a great ultimate battle of destiny sort of thing.

the empire vs the imperium of man. starfleet vs the goa'uld. the unsc vs the tau.
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« Reply #7841 on: January 15, 2018, 10:57:22 pm »

a strategy game where every great scifi civilization can duke it out in a great ultimate battle of destiny sort of thing.

the empire vs the imperium of man. starfleet vs the goa'uld. the unsc vs the tau.
It'd probably be pretty much a reskin of every other sci-fi strategy game. There is, like, balance to think of, and some civs don't have enough units to fill out a strategy game. I am pretty sure that Vorlons could trash Klingons and The Imperium of Man would pretty quickly die of attrition from being unable to construct ships. Star Wars would pretty much win automatically because, while their feats on the human-scale demonstrate them to be pretty deplorably pathetic, they have loads and loads of vessels to choke up a nice research progression and fill out all the unit roles you could imagine, and they pull off blowing a planet into crumbs, which almost nobody else can manage.

It would be glorious if it was a product of love and devotion that had fans and gameplay experts trawl over every facet and make each faction distinct, true to the source, and fun to use, but, ehh, as I say, I see it pretty much inevitably becoming a reskin-job where each faction has the same number of ships, often with half of them made up for the game with no equivalent in the source, and all performing pretty much identically except for a handful of passive traits and maybe a special ability... like Age of Empires...
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« Reply #7842 on: January 22, 2018, 11:14:22 am »

Taking that concept one step higher, it might work as a system similar to MUGEN, where you have the basic 4X platform but you have the ability to add any character (empire) as you please, all with their own tweaked mechanics.

Although most 4X are highly customizable already, at least within the limits of their system. You could probably add every conceivable empire to Civ, but the game itself would still be played on a single planet.
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« Reply #7843 on: January 31, 2018, 03:54:57 am »

Roblox or Minecraft, but it doesn't suck giant donkey balls.
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« Reply #7844 on: January 31, 2018, 04:27:22 am »

It'd be awesome to see a game where you play as protagonist in the form of a monster or something.
Alien races that are basically humans in other colors and humans themselves are a bit.. generic at this point.

K... Kirby? He's kind of a  monster.

There are also things like E.V.O where you play as various creatures. Or the old Ants SimAnt game where you play as an ant. Not an anthropomorphized ant, but a literal ant doing ant things.
What about spore? What about cubiovre for instance? Heck, what about wolf quest? Or the Ecco the dolphin series? I mean playing as a dolphin imposes certain constraints that humans would either find trivial or would be completely unable to cope with. Have you ever considered playing natural selection 2? The aliens there often enough have at least noticeably different gameplay fom humans, climbing walls, no ranged attacks,etc.

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