Space Cadavers - A space ship management simulator

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Post » Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:56 am



Space Cadavers is a spaceship management and combat simulator, as well as a interstellar exploration game. In it, you explore randomly generated solar system, planets, and stars.As you travel the cosmos and battle a variety of alien races, your crew members get better at what they do and rank up, increasing their rank and stats. Ships are all custom creatable by the player using the ship creator. There are currently nine races fully implemented into the management system, and more are to come once I get ideas. As of now, the exploration part of the game has not been created yet; however, it is soon to come, once the combat and management mechanics are completed.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, and if you would like a demo of the ship creator/combat simulator, let me know, as I may do that if there is demand for it :D
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Post » Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:13 am

A screenshot from the most recent build, showcasing multiple real time vacuum and fire simulations and character skills.



Here's a bit of background about the five basic starter races that are available in during the beginning ship creation phase:

Humans:
Your basic humanoid race, descendant from Earth. Begin with standard health and slightly above average guns, melee, and piloting skills. They need to breathe oxygen. They can equip inventory items for humanoid races and have the special ability of being able to commandeer MACs (Mechanized Armor Capsules) to greatly improve their versatility and overall performance with the use of the various types of MACs. There are currently three different types implemented: Combat MACs, which have a portable burst phaser and armor plating, Maintenence MACs, which have longer battery lives and repair quickly, and Turrent MACs, which do not require a character within them, but do require a character to active/deactivate them. However, MACs are just in their beginning phases of development and manufacturing and as a result are both expensive and ineffecient; MACs only have a battery life of roughly thirty seconds before needing to be recharged, and are difficult to repair.

Reptilians:
A species of bipedal, reptile-like humanoid creatures, thought by humans to be a creation of the greys to use as war instruments. They need to breathe oxygen. Begin with slightly increased health and good melee skills, as well as slightly above average guns and weapons systems skills. They can equip humanoid equipment and have the special ability to transform into their ancestral draconian form for a period of time, giving them greatly increased health and melee skills.

Greys:
The alien species that is accused of abducting humans and monitoring their activities. It is unknown if the accusations are true, but since they have started, greys have been found at multiple locations near the Sol planetary system. They are fragile, having slightly lower health than other species' and having to breathe oxygen, but they have highly developed eyes, intelligence and technology, which gives them a good starting bonus in their guns skill and a small bonus in all of their system skills. They can only equip equipment specifically designed for their species, due to their unique shape and size. They also have the special ability to control the minds of certain species' for a period of time, allowing them to gather intel completely unnoticed or cause complete havoc within a ship from safety.

Androids:
A race of sentient mechanical beings, known to be quite warlike and aggressive. Their origin is unknown, and they have only been sighted and encountered in the past fourty years. Upon inspection of a non-functioning corpse, the technology and manufacturing skill is similar to weapons that the greys have known to use, leading the humans to believe they are an invention of the greys gone wrong. They do not need to breathe oxygen and can withstand enormous amounts of pressure. They have high starting health, repair, and guns skills, and in combat fire two shots instead of one. They have the special ability to overcharge their personal generator for a period of time, increasing their shot count from two to three, but doing so may cause damage to the android and cause it to malfunction. They can also self-destruct at will.

Cyborgs:
Human cultist worshippers of the mechanical alien android race that have spent their entire lives seeking out components of dead android bodies and interfacing them with biological implements to augment theirselves. They have slightly higher health than humans and half of the skills of both human and android races, as well as the ability to equip humanoid inventory items and permenant cyborg augments, such as the laser eye or the gatling arm, to increase certain aspects of their performance. Depending on the augments used by the cyborg, they may or may not need to breathe oxygen. They do not have any remarkable special abilities other than using their augments.

Like I said in the OP, any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I'm getting quite close to completing the combat aspect of the game, so if you'd like a demo of the ship creator and combat system, just let me know.
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Post » Tue Dec 25, 2012 5:53 pm

@Zeische

I'd love to work on your project! Are you accepting help?
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Post » Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:20 pm

Yes, I could use pretty much any help offered. The main thing I need right now are ship tile graphics, specifically floors and walls. They are 16px x 16px and have six frames, one for full health then five more for each level of damage. I'm going to need help incorporating saving and loading ship designs, as well; I was thinking of checking if tiles are overlapping the main ship sizer and if they are, save their relative position to that, save it's type and put it all in an array that is saved to a text file. Any advice on how to do this would be greatly appreciated! (:
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Post » Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:10 am

Screenshot of the very first iteration of the ship exploration window. Only one planet type made so far, but this gives you an idea of what exploring will be like. There is a lot more room to the right in the picture, you just scroll to reveal more of the unexplored sector. There will be warp drives on certain edges of sectors that allow you to travel to new sectors. Still have a lot to implement, though.



Video of alpha 0.35:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykk6i6BIpF8Zeische2012-12-26 22:12:34
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Post » Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:26 am

Here's a video of the new procedural generation engine. Each sector that you explore is completely randomly generated, from the sun placement, to the atmospheric pressure on that little rock orbiting a random sun. :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htZq_C4LLvI

Pretty soon I'm going to be implementing the event system, space stations, other ships, and ship loading/saving/spawning so I can start making the majority of the actual gameplay.Zeische2012-12-27 08:29:39
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Post » Sat Dec 29, 2012 2:51 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJQdLW7ygw4

Video of the ship creation phase. Shows how you can design your ship, save it, load it (from webstorage, so it's not deleted upon game exit) and fighting an enemy ship.

If you look at the thread and spend the time to read information about my game or watch the videos, can you please post some feedback? I intend to finish this project, and I need feedback from you guys to improve upon things that may be questionable. So please, if you have any thoughts about the game at all, take the time to make a post. I would appreciate it greatly. (:
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Post » Mon Jan 21, 2013 8:15 pm

I would love to help you out in your project. Most of all because I want to play the game :)

How do you need the tiles to be organised? Walls fill out the entire 16x16 tile, or just on one side (like 8x16 and rotated)?

What kind of tiles do you need for starters? One kind of floor and wall?
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Post » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:44 pm

This is just an example. I'll make some tiles that make walls and corners if I got some time tomorrow. Oh, and floortiles with shadows from walls.

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