Monday, March 15

Sumeria Computer Game v0.2

As promised last week, there's a new version of the Sumeria computer game available for download and testing.

This version is a big step up from the last version in that you can actually play the game! However, there's still some functionality missing: noticeably, there's no AI (all human players) and you have to play on a single machine (no play by email/online functionality).

The setup file will run on a windows computer, and requires version 3.5 of the .Net Framework. Please feel free to download and play it and post any feature requests, feedback or bug reports in the comments below.

5 comments:

Todd said...

Great work Jack. I look forward to the AI. Is this something you plan to host yourself, or put on a place like www.yucata.de or simply sell?

Jack said...

Hiya Todd,

I'm not sure! I could theoretically host it myself for online play (my web hosting comes with MySQL and a database which I'm not currently using).

I guess the three options are:
Single machine version: Play on a single computer against people and AI.
Online version A: Hosted online with continuous play (i.e. you're logged in for the duration of the game).
Online version B: Hosted online with discontinuous play (i.e. you log on to make a move then log out and the next player is notified).

I'm not sure which would be best. Thoughts?

Cheers,

Jack

Russ said...

It's looking good. First thing that struck me was that when I started it, I just got a big empty window. Would have been nice to have a "New Game" dialogue, or some instructions or something.

Jack said...

Hiya Russ,

Thanks! I agree that some kind of splash screen is needed with instructions and maybe and advert ;)

Cheers,

Jack

Todd said...

Jack- I don't think you can go wrong. But I'd love to see it on yucata.de (or gametableonline.com) in order to spread the word on your great game. Plus it would be a blast to play others online. Alternatively, you could have a stand-alone site linked to Reiver Games site. Something like the site where you can play Wallace's "Brass" online. http://brass.orderofthehammer.com/

A very good site with a forum and good number of players.