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Heya and welcome to your weekly dose of post-apocalyptic development news. Looks like we are picking quite some speed up lately, at least the number of topics to cover in each news update is growing and growing. I’ll keep things short this time and you simply click through the various links if you find a topic of interest.
It seems that spending so many nights together with charlieg (at the freegamer IRC channel, of course) worked out We’re famous now! At least we got covered at freegamer lately, that’s pretty much the same. Thanks for the coverage charlieg, may the force with be you.
After license-related aspects were discussed at the forums over course of the last weeks, we’re happy to announce a first decision in the field. All PARPG assets (read: non C/C++/Python code) will be licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0. At the moment we’re still considering to dual-license the assets under the GPL as well as some open source projects aren’t accepting assets licensed under Creative Commons terms. As I would like to keep things short: if you’re interested in the detail and / or want to contribute to the discussion, head over the forums.
As you might have already noticed: you’re now forwarded from parpg.fifengine.de to our new domain parpg.net. Back in 2005 when I asked the FIFE developers how they feel about different TLDs for the project, the consensus was to go for the cheapest one. And that was a German one, therefore fifengine.de. As PARPG is a pretty international project, I wanted to use an international TLD for the project. parpg.com was already registered and considering that we’re not a commercial project, parpg.net sounded like a good choice. Anyway, there are a bunch of new subdomains you can access now, check out the details at the forums. In case you notice any kind of weird behaviour of blog, forums or wiki let us know as well. Something might have gone wrong in the migration process.
Your weekly dose of zenbitz
We can’t live without him anymore and you hopefully as well Zenbitz went on a game design spree again and wrote down his proposals for encumbrance and equipment, a basic graphical user interface as well as specs for the dialogue system.
Icelus used these specs to come up with a proposal for a story format for PARPG. In case you’re interested in the details, give it a read; icelus appreciates all kind of feedback concerning it. Best place for your feedback are the forums again, icelus opened a thread for this purpose there. Besides that he’s currently building up the programming department of PARPG by fleshing out the details how to contribute for interested developers. Too much to cover in detail, but if you would like to know more about it, check out his contribution history at the wiki.
Step by step
While we’re not the new kids on the block, we agreed to tackle the writing needs step by step nevertheless. First and foremost we’re glad to report that since the last news update a week ago, a bunch of interested writers showed up at the forums and contributed to the ongoing discussions there. Check out the writing board to get an idea what’s on the agenda at the moment.
There’s also a roleplaying board in place now to evaluate possible setting- and story elements as well as quests and (N)PCs. If you’re a fan of forums-based roleplaying, join in the fun, DK started by getting the ball rolling. Furthermore we decided to further agree on some setting details about WWIII to give the discussion a direction. You can check them out at the wiki.
Last iron man standing
As our target audience will be more mature fans of old school RPGs, we’re currently evaluating some options how to make the game more challenging while trying to avoiding universal frustration. So we would appreciate the feedback of all you hardcore RPG players out there. Permadeath sounds like a challenging option to ensure that players play the game in a more realistic and careful manner. On the other side it might be pretty frustrating to start from scratch after dying. So jump into the discussion and let us know what you think about it at the forums.
That’s it from my side for today. See you again next week!
Hah, one week without any news update. Fortunately things don’t seem to slow down but instead we can pick up quite some pace. On the other side writing news takes time; so don’t expect to see more than one news update per week.
Boiling down the options:
When PARPG was founded there was a rather blurry vision of creating a post-apocalyptic isometric roleplaying game. Fortunately some first contributors joined the writing department and they are currently boiling down possible options for the setting of PARPG. Desert wasteland is quite overused as it was featured in almost any PA game. So considering the other possible options, we decided to settle on a post apocalyptic winter setting. Snow ahead in PARPG!
Furthermore we wanted to agree on a theatre for PARPG early to avoid too broad discussion about the future direction of the game. North America has been featured in the Fallout games, Eastern Europe in Stalker (not an RPG though) and Zero-Projekt will take place in Germany. We wanted to choose a region that hasn’t been covered in any major RPG yet but is at least well-known enough to not run in a lot of research hassle due lack of information. So we agreed on Northern Europa / Scandinavia and Lamoot created a first proposal for possible borders of a PARPG world map. You can find it at the forums.
Setting is not the only area that hasn’t been nearly fleshed out yet. Zenbits joined the gang lately and began to boil down potential game mechanics for PARPG. The mechanics that we’ve already agreed upon (which are just a few), can be found at the PARPG wiki. There are a bunch of additional proposals concerning mechanics, that can be found at the wiki and the forums. So it will definately take us some time to further flesh out these aspects of PARPG.
So what’s next?:
We received quite some feedback concerning leaving the engine question open at this stage of development. The majority of the feedback suggested to rather pick one engine to start development with and to look out for alternatives in case we find out that the initial choice is not really suited for PARPG. I can see the benefit of agreeing on an engine early but there are some drawbacks on the other side as well. But you convinced me at least to a certain degree. We’ll try to get things going with FIFE and look out for alternatives if needed. We’re currently looking for a Python / C++ programmer who would help us with engine evaluation. In case you’re interested to get involved in this field, feel free to get in contact with us
That’s from my side for today, see you next week.