Sunday, November 3, 2013

Game mechanics , crew skills, loyalty and more...

This is a sample profile screen still work in progress.

Crew was added last week, and each crew member will feel different and special, so it is logical to be able to see each crew member face and their skills, loyalty is very important since many crew members may even revolt and take the ship if not happy, or may even do a better job than expected if they are very loyal to you, the captain of this ship.

Junkcraft armada will generate a face to each character and the combinations are vast, there are mainly 60 parts for each character but may even grow more if time allows and combining all of those parts can allow the game to display a many millions combinations with color, positions, size and other variations. I still need to do draw the female characters, and there won't be alien races to communicate at the moment, in this universe only humans have been able to colonize a small part of the galaxy, and since resources are not infinite I can't draw infinite number of alien races, so for now humans are the main ones that will be able to interact.

How to gain or lose loyalty? well some crew members may be attracted to right decisions, like for example a distress call from a transport ship is heard, if the player saves the ship, those crew members will be more loyal to the captain, but if instead the captain decides to plunder the transport ship and take as much as possible from that ship then those crew members will be less loyal to the captain, but those who like money will be better off with this captain, so trying to find a proper balance with your crew will be a challenge , and it won't be so easy to recruit new people, traveling through space into unknown areas is dangerous and the hiring places are not so common and in some events you may even get few crew members join your ship too.

Crew members do have a single life, so permament death is an important component of the game, so take care of your crew as needed, and if you lose a crew member in combat, don't forget about the funeral, some may respect you more by doing it or otherwise you may suffer the consequences too, and since each crew member is unique and special, you will have a place to remember those who fall in combat. Life in space is hard so chose wisely...

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