the big dumb game ideas megathread

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Re: the big dumb game ideas megathread

Postby Mongrel » Wed Sep 15, 2021 4:27 pm

Grath wrote:I mean, making the player a cop just gives them the slightest justification for being a murderhobo. Other first responders are required to actually, y'know, do useful things that might help people.

That's the implication, yes.
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Re: the big dumb game ideas megathread

Postby Brentai » Wed Sep 15, 2021 5:50 pm

This would have been real cool 5-6 years ago; I feel like in the modern, a-heh, climate, something like fighting wildfires is too politically charged to be a commercial product.

As a non-commercial product, though.

If I wasn't useless at producing things in my current life position I'd take a stab at prototyping it. A little bit Burning Rangers, a little bit EDF, and maybe a little bit Power Wash Simulator? Hell.
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Re: the big dumb game ideas megathread

Postby Yoji » Wed Sep 15, 2021 6:29 pm

I have to admit, I hesitated posting it for a bit when I remembered "oh, right, an internet chum nearly died in a wildfire not too long ago, so this might not be a cool idea." At the same time, I also thought about all the modern-ish and 20-minutes-in-the-future FPS games that, at least to me, have always felt rather inappropriate. So I have no idea how this would really go over.

Might be fun to try drawing some mock-ups, though. Never hurts to daydream!
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Re: the big dumb game ideas megathread

Postby Mongrel » Wed Sep 15, 2021 8:31 pm

I think "playing firefighter" would enable a person to play a heroic protagonist in a way that's a HELL of a lot healthier than the vast majority of games where the player is intended to be a hero of some sort.

Especially FPSes, which lean towards models like cop, mercenary, soldier, mafiosa, spy, agent, survivor, etc.
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Re: the big dumb game ideas megathread

Postby Yoji » Thu Sep 16, 2021 12:47 am

I've been trying to keep something like that in mind while building the world for a possible D&D game with the family. Trying to imagine a setting where the heroes are helpers first and fighters second. Not really sure how I'm going to swing that when Kiddo 01's choice of character is looking like a CG cat ninja, but we'll figure something out. Something along the lines of "using your talents to help people more than hurt them," or how so many bad guys are really just angry or scared and only fight because they feel they have no other choice.

I keep thinking back to some possibly cringey Warcraft OC stuff* and how the non-martial stuff could be way more heroic. Sure, "war" is right in the title, but what about rescuing orcish children trapped in a collapsed building? Or shepherding a shipment of food for refugees? Or helping a spirit find peace with words from their loved ones? Or retrieving a priceless momento for no reward beyond making an old woman happy?

Meanwhile, I can't help but feel like most of the murder-hobo stuff would give anyone who tried that PTSD. Like, could you seriously slaughter dozens of zealots in a corrupted temple in the heart of the earth in the span of a few minutes and NOT have nightmares about it ever after? That'd make more sense, and maybe even make the character more admirable; bloodshed and grief are things the character carries with them and never truly shakes.

*hey, I played the same character for years with some uncommonly nice people. I'm a little attached, sue me
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Re: the big dumb game ideas megathread

Postby Mongrel » Thu Sep 16, 2021 1:14 am

Yoji wrote:looking like a CG cat ninja

That can still be helpful! :V

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Re: the big dumb game ideas megathread

Postby nosimpleway » Thu Sep 16, 2021 11:33 am

That looks like a heck of a lunch, to be sure, but that deliverycat is clearly a samurai, not a ninja.

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Re: the big dumb game ideas megathread

Postby mharr » Thu Sep 16, 2021 6:28 pm

The perfect ninja disguise

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Re: the big dumb game ideas megathread

Postby beatbandito » Sat Oct 30, 2021 10:55 am

I've been messing around with trying to use an older version of RPG Maker to do a top-down action game, and it seems like the utilities for it are there, if a little sloppy. But before I buy the latest version to mess around in, I was hoping someone might be able to suggest another engine/maker (I have zero experience with actual coding) that would support the full extent of the demo I'd like to put together, including:

Top-down real-time action
"Vehicles" or map elements that can be moved/controlled by player input
Moveable/placeable items (like a pack that shows on the player model, and can be set down on the map)
Destructible environments. Specifically the "vehicles" and placed items.

I feel kind of dumb trying to put what I'm thinking of into words since I don't really know any terms, or the extent any system may specifically be preferable in these aspects. But any suggestion for something to at least look more into helps.
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Re: the big dumb game ideas megathread

Postby mharr » Sat Oct 30, 2021 1:47 pm

There's a really good first principles guide to building in Unity here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... GZW5G_NAxa

Unity is a full coding environment but it's more interactive than most, you can install a blank slate FPS, platformer or top down vehicles and guns engine then prod at switches and values in the running game and see how the pieces react. If you've messed around with Tabletop Sim at all you already have the basics.

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Re: the big dumb game ideas megathread

Postby beatbandito » Sat Oct 30, 2021 3:26 pm

Unity and GameMaker were my first thoughts. The scope of unity is a bit daunting, but it does mean a lot of resources and tutorials. GM similarly, and would have been my first option but I learned about the subscription model and had backed off, until I saw Steam still has the complete non-sub version.

I also learned about Godot, which is opensource and built more for 2d. But not nearly the resources of GM or Unity.

Honestly this is all really overthinking some level of success with the demo I'm trying to make not easily expanding to a full game. Which is... silly to plan for at this point.
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Re: the big dumb game ideas megathread

Postby zaratustra » Sun Oct 31, 2021 5:26 pm

check game maker, see if you get comfortable with it. otherwise you might have to buck down and code everything in unity/c# sorry

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