Author Topic: Realms of Fortune ... a Rogue inspired game for the Android platform  (Read 7439 times)

LimitingFactor

  • Newcomer
  • Posts: 4
  • Karma: +0/-0
    • View Profile
I'm developing a Rogue inspired game for the Android platform and have an early beta version ready for people to try. I also hope to have an applet/browser version ready in a couple of weeks. It might not be considered a true Roguelike since it uses 3D graphics and real-time combat, but the entire world and all the dungeons are procedurally generated. It also features permadeath.

To download it, search for "Realms of Fortune" in the Android Market. For those who don't have an Android device, here is a video:

http://www.vimeo.com/16931063

And my website:

http://www.realmsoffortune.com/

george

  • Rogueliker
  • ***
  • Posts: 201
  • Karma: +1/-1
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: Realms of Fortune ... a Rogue inspired game for the Android platform
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2010, 02:18:10 AM »
I'm curious what device you play this on, or what an example of a good device to play it on might be.

It's things like that'll drag me into the 21st century... :).

LimitingFactor

  • Newcomer
  • Posts: 4
  • Karma: +0/-0
    • View Profile
Re: Realms of Fortune ... a Rogue inspired game for the Android platform
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2010, 03:12:48 AM »
It runs well on just about all Android phones, even older ones like the G1. I'm getting some feedback that it doesn't work on the T-Mobile myTouch. It also seems to have issues displaying the text menus on devices with QVGA screens. I'm slowly working towards 100% compatibility across all Android devices.

Hopefully I'll also get the browser based version working soon so a wider audience can try it out.

Krice

  • (Banned)
  • Rogueliker
  • ***
  • Posts: 2316
  • Karma: +0/-2
    • View Profile
    • Email
Re: Realms of Fortune ... a Rogue inspired game for the Android platform
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2010, 08:41:29 AM »
It looks like a really old rpg with that classic "big empty world" problem.

Ex

  • IRC Communications Delegate
  • Rogueliker
  • ***
  • Posts: 313
  • Karma: +0/-0
    • View Profile
Re: Realms of Fortune ... a Rogue inspired game for the Android platform
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2010, 09:59:41 PM »
I'm curious about how you connected the overworld with the dungeon. Did you use the stencil buffer? Or did you use a transparent texture on the landscape? It appears to me to be something involving the stencil buffer, but I can't say for sure. Also, how does the collision detection with the dungeon entrance work?

It does definitely suffer from the big empty world problem that Krice points out. The engine seems pretty sound though, and I like how the dungeon generator is shaping up. For the dungeon, how does the engine store and display it? Is it a system similar to Doom's, or something more like Wolfenstein? I assume it's not just a series of connected meshes, since the map looks more like something from Doom.

Good job on getting it to work with so many different Android phones. With some work, this could turn into something really awesome.

LimitingFactor

  • Newcomer
  • Posts: 4
  • Karma: +0/-0
    • View Profile
Re: Realms of Fortune ... a Rogue inspired game for the Android platform
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2010, 01:26:08 AM »
Thanks for your feedback Elig.

Concerning the Big Empty World issue. I'd like more feedback on this, from you and others, because I don't want to build a game that only I would enjoy playing. Actually, I'll still build that game, but I'll make a second version with more mass appeal that people might buy. There will be a lot more content in the final version, 6 (fairly distinct) dungeon types, 10 unique 3D creature models (already completed) each with several variants, and more things to see then just those giant statues. A lot of my inspiration for this game comes from playing Elder Scrolls Oblivion. I didn't do very many quests, I just liked to wander the wilderness to see what was out there: maybe a dungeon to explore, an altar, an abandoned house. I would see a new pond and think "wouldn't it be cool to fish there". Other people might not have the same sense of wanderlust as me.

Some cool scenarios that could happen in the game (the full version):

1) You see a Short Faced Bear (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_faced_bear) off in the distance, through the mist. You know not to engage it at your current level, although its pelt is worth a lot of gold. You go in closer and see its cave. You use your Stealth skill to sneak past the bear, look around its cave, and then take some loot off one of its victims. You see a weak point in the cave wall and hammer through. It leads to a deeper cave that you explore. You then find a small pool of water and decide to start fishing.

2) Wandering about the forest you stumble upon a small obelisk with some runes. Using your Archeology skill you decipher them and they tell you the location of a nearby dungeon. You go to that location to find a lake with some half-submerged ruins sticking out. You swim over and see that there is an underwater entrance. You leave the lake to hike up to the the higher altitude regions where a certain plant grows that you can brew into Water Breathing potions using your Alchemy skill. You'll need a lot of them.

Concerning the technical stuff. The engine is entirely custom, so I might be handling things in unconventional ways. I don't use the stencil buffer, I just punch a hole in the terrain geometry both visually and in the collision detection. As for the dungeon layout, it randomly connects room shapes pulled from a large set of potential rooms and hallways. It then adds random decorations, doors, and spawn points to the rooms (according to some rules based on room type). There are only ten room types right now, but I expect around 50 for the release version. I have an editor that makes it fairly easy.

Darren Grey

  • Rogueliker
  • ***
  • Posts: 2027
  • Karma: +0/-0
  • It is pitch black. You are likely to eat someone.
    • View Profile
    • Games of Grey
Re: Realms of Fortune ... a Rogue inspired game for the Android platform
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2010, 01:10:26 PM »
Very impressive!  I'll have to try this out on my HTC Desire.

Regarding the big world problem, I think the character moves a bit too slow.  It would also help to have a mini-compass on the screen, with coloured dots representing nearby items of interest (red for enemies, blue for dungeons, green for items/herbs, yellow for others).  Fallout 3 had something similar, which made exploring its large world a bit easier.  There are definitely lots of people who would enjoy the exploration stuff, but you do need something to make it easier to get around for those who don't.

LimitingFactor

  • Newcomer
  • Posts: 4
  • Karma: +0/-0
    • View Profile
Re: Realms of Fortune ... a Rogue inspired game for the Android platform
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2010, 02:21:55 PM »
Thanks for the feedback Darren.

Other people have mentioned boosting the character's speed, but I'll wait until I have have all the content added before I decide on this. It might not be needed if you don't have to walk as far to see something new.

Using compass indicators is a good idea, a lot of games do have them, and wouldn't be too hard to add.

Darren Grey

  • Rogueliker
  • ***
  • Posts: 2027
  • Karma: +0/-0
  • It is pitch black. You are likely to eat someone.
    • View Profile
    • Games of Grey
Re: Realms of Fortune ... a Rogue inspired game for the Android platform
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2010, 08:39:40 PM »
Works nicely on my HTC Desire.  I thought the 3D graphics would run slow, but it's impressively smooth.  One thing I'd suggest is making the different icons actually activate the abilities, rather than having to tap the icon and then tap the generic use button.

Looking forward to seeing more content in this.

Z

  • Rogueliker
  • ***
  • Posts: 905
  • Karma: +0/-0
    • View Profile
    • Z's Roguelike Stuff
Re: Realms of Fortune ... a Rogue inspired game for the Android platform
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2010, 10:53:56 AM »
It seems I get a weird graphics problem: most of the icons, letters, and rectangles (bars) only have the part above the diagonal drawn, the other part is just white (or black). (Instead of seeing a potion bottle, I see the top right half of this bottle.) Since this includes letters, it is hard to read anything....