January 07, 2012

Inside a Starfield Sky (2011 game roundup)

Writing about web page http://www.draknek.org/games/starfield/

Created for: TIGJam UK5 (15th – 17th July)
Development time: 5-6 hours
Theme: Stars
Status: Done, but could be improved
Play online (with a friend)

A collaboration with Phillip Webster at TIGJam UK5.

It’s a strategic two-player competitive game, with a similar feel to a certain family of boardgames. You’re trying to connect your two sides of the screen while your opponent is simultaneously trying to connect his.

I’m pretty sure it was Ruari O’Sullivan who came up with the rule that a star with (n) connections can capture a star with (n-1) connections. This made the game much more interesting, but unfortunately there’s nothing in the game which explains that this rule exists.

There’s also another rule that the two endpoints of your opponent’s last go cannot be captured, which was added after playtesting. This feels very arbitrary to me, I don’t like it much. But I’m sure there was a good reason for adding it.

I suspect the rules can be simplified/improved. More playtesting needed!

Apologies to Jason Rohrer for the name.


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