In this thread Zilrion and I are going to try out a new game I made, DrawCraft. It's a mix of illustration and real-time strategy, where we make up our own units, draw them out and make them do battle. With any luck it might catch on.
At the beginning of the game each payer must choose a faction. It can literally be anything; dwarves, sci-fi aliens, possessed household appliances, whatever they might want. Players must then draw up their command building (whatever it might be) and a basic soldier unit and place them on the board. The object of the game is to defeat your enemy by destroying their command building. The spirit of the game however is to defeat your enemy in the most unique way possible.
By default, each soldier can move one space per turn and have one ability (such as attacking or any other special ability) however soldiers can’t move and attack in one turn (to start…) Each soldier has one hp and deals 1 damage (if they can attack at all), so at the beginning must will die in one hit. Buildings start out with 3 hp. Creating new buildings and soldiers means that the player must illustrate them and reveal their abilities. Players can also spend time upgrading buildings or soldiers (and of course drawing the changes)
During their turn, each player can do one of each of the following
- Move or complete an action with one soldier (such as attacking or using a special ability)
- Produce new soldiers from production buildings (each production building will yield one soldier next to it) or upgrade a current design. Soldiers will pop out of their production buildings and be placed in an adjacent square.
- Place a new building on the board (by either copying a current design or drawing a new one) or upgrade a current design. Buildings can only be built next to other buildings.
So if you're upgrading a type of soldier you can't also build one in the same turn, same with buildings. If however you want to make a new type of soldier, you can place it on the map that same turn.
Soldiers do 1 damage and have 1 hp, so unless upgraded they'll die in one hit. Buildings all have 3 hp (unless upgraded) and can have one ability such as production, defense etc. Upgraded soldiers and buildings will have one extra ability, such as extra damage or movement, unique effects etc.
I'm still writing up the more specific rules on upgrading (I want this to be as simple as possible) so this play through is sort of mandatory.
Basic strategy gameplay mechanics should be used;
if you want to make a new type of unit (a vehicle rather than a footsoldier) then a new type of production building should be made. Maybe you build a mage's school to give your soldiers some basic spells, or a shield array that protects soldiers adjacent to it.
Whenever a new unit is made the players have to post a closeup of it along with its abilities.
Players go back and forth altering the board as units are created, destroyed and moved. Any rule however can be bent or broken through the players creating new buildings or soldiers with different effects, every rule except one; no one building or unit is a game winner. No building a nuke, a super-plague or nanites that will wipe out the entire board. Any other tactic is valid; ninjas that can move outside the board, space cruisers that can move over other units without having to go around, zombies that take over other units, special upgrades that bend the rules etc. We want to have (and see!) a fun game with players vying for control, not a compound on either side that’s researching the doomsday device.
EDIT: Name change.
Last edited by Jason Rainville; November 5th, 2010 at 02:13 PM.
In his last moments of life he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now wherever he goes will be the wrong place, and always will be the wrong time. Basic zombie can infect other humanoid soldiers turning them into basic zombies.
When moving it looks like the the cloaked druids are just floating, as if no legs are present. They have a staff swing attack that's able to hit upto two units at once at connecting squares. (oh yea im imbalancing myself, take that zombies!)
Upgrade for Cloaked druid: Thorn Skin. Using the powers of the nature, the druids skin turns into sharp thorns. Any attack done to the druid will result in the loss of 1hp. Attachment 1088775
Bears Den. Within the Bears Den you'll find hibernating bears. Humanoid friendly units are able, if in connected squares, to wake up a bear to use as mount. Increases movement rate by 1.
A plague swamp is filled with rotting corpses and putrid chemicals. The surrounding area is plagued with acid water, horrible diseases and the grasping hands of half-submerged zombies. Enemies take one damage per turn while in any adjacent square.
Zil, I think I might change the rules to allow for us to move 2 units at a time. I can see down the road things getting a bit sluggish when we can build a building and upgrade our guys and only one of them has moved. Either that or we could develop specific game-cheating upgrades to allow more than one soldier to move (I'm thinking a zombie "hivemeind" that coordinates movements) I think the latter would keep in line with the whole "these rules need to be broken" theme.
Within the Bears Den you'll find hibernating dire bears. Humanoid friendly units are able, if in connected squares, to wake up a bear to use as mount. Increases health by 1 and movement rate by 1. Attachment 1089289 Attachment 1089286
Unit action: Wake up Dire Bear
(I gave him some more claws etc quickly just to make him a dire bear over normal bear I guess oO haha minor difference)
Thanks guys I hope peeps will get into this, I always wanted to see what different fictional "factions" would look like in a strategy games (imagine a klingon empire? Cooooool) If you guys want to go ahead and give it a whirl the rules are all up there, but they're meant to be broken as long as you do it in the context of an rts.