Finally an update!
Dyson is progressing nicely, but becoming leaner and meaner along the way.
It is starting to look like we have a handle on scope now (After some slimming excercises) and I have good hopes that what we will end up with will be worthwhile :-) We haven't said much yet about the gameplay so here is some more info.: Desired Gameplay
The game features an asteroid belt with currently 64 individual asteroids.
The player starts with a seedling planted on a single asteroid (The Von Neuman device/space chicken/Dyson Tree we mentioned earlier)
First, the player initiates the seedling to grow roots to the asteroids "energy core" and from those roots a dyson tree sprouts on the surface. The charecteristics of the tree are affected by the composition of the asteroid, and all asteroids in the belt are unique in that respect.
Once the tree is grown, the player can trigger it to grow new seeds. The seeds characteristics and abilities are also affected by the composition of their parents. Seeds are used for various things. They can be used to grow more trees, or, they can be sent of towards other asteroids to start more colonies.
This is where things heat up.
The game has AI opponents that act the same way as the player and are contesting the asteroid belt for ownership.
Now, if the seedlings arrive at an asteroid that is already owned by another, the seedlings attack the surface sructures. If they manage to destroy them the surviving seedlings will bore down to the centre of the asteroid and take over the core. If succesful they will claim the other's asteroid and are able to exploit its resources.
What this results in is hopefully a strategically deep game of conquest that can be won either by destroying all contenders or by colonising all asteroids. What we have now:
Quite a few things!
- 64 asteroids
- Tree roots
- Pathfinding of seedlings to other asteroids (See image below) Selection
- Ability to grow new seedlings
I am quite psyched by this but we will have to see if the ambition matches up to reality. I will let Haowan do the talking on the tech front. :-)