A few weeks go by…
…not documenting; I’ve been working on code (and being sick one day, and building a trebuchet on the weekends). This weekend: martial arts tournament…spare time is rare time.
Anyway, rather than trying to create a demonstration video of some of the visible moving parts; I decided a playable demonstration of the technology in the Ikosa Framework would be a better use of time. So, I dusted off the BattleScape ideas (player versus player); as it demonstrates some of the nitty-grittiness of the framework. I had always wanted to avoid doing it, as I see BattleScape as a derivative game-product that doesn’t fully use the coolness of the complete automated RPG experience.
However, not fully using the framework has its benefits. I can slough-off the actions for moving furniture around, searching, most skill actions, preparing spells, etc.
While I have biggish open-ended plans for BattleScape, all I really need to kick-off is show at least two game-mechanically modeled actors (controlled by two network connected players) battling each other (turn-based) in a tactically interesting environment. I wanted to build two meaty teams (2 fighters, 2 warriors, 2 clerics and 2 sorcerers apiece), but scaled myself back for the time being to just getting 1 on 1.
The main reason I haven’t spent much time advertising or publicly documenting the Ikosa Framework was that I’d rather be programming, instead. I have so little time at the moment to code as is.
Anyway http://ikosa.pursuit-of-value.com/ is the “official” Ikosa Framework website. Currently “Technical Bits” has enough so that I can move on from it. I’ve got an image or two floating around somewhere I need to start using.
Since I decided I needed to blog a bit more, I figured I needed a slightly more user-friendly blogging tool than I had been using about a year ago. My last experiment with a blog utility didn’t really end well or poorly; it just started gathering dust.