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.
Holy crap I love this idea. I'm def down to do this sometime. I say this gets it's own Sub-thread so different people can play different games in separate threads and there could be a matchmaking type thread too so people can find who they destroy... Ehem! I mean play against lol. Love the idea guys.
Just an update on what I'm thinking for the rules; I think that the board should be reduced to 7x7 and that you can move all of your soldiers at once. I think that'd help make the game flow a little more quickly.
I think your game might benefit alot more if you reduced the board to something like 4 tall and 5 across(or maybe smaller) and just made each player start in opposite corners, i.e northwest and southeast.
ahh having trouble finding time for this, weekend should be easier Ill try update once before university tomorrow.
Building Production: Small Stone Henge -> Misty Stonehenge
A dense cold mist surrounds the stone henge. If you're brave enough to approach it you can feel movement in the ground, but no smell or vision is present. (Allows production of stone golems) Attachment 1090962
Unit action: Recruit another Dire bear, feel the wrath of the bear army!
Unit Production: Stone Golem
A monstrous creature appears walking out of the misty stonehenge. The stone golem is powerfull but slow. When a stone golem is destroyed a pile of rocks are left behind occupying the square. Has the ability to turn into a pile of rocks at will, but is then not permanent.
Stone Golems have 2hp in Stone Golem form, and 5 in pile of rocks form. Neither can attack. Attachment 1092593
Building Production: Misty Stonehenge upgrade, Glyphs of Command.
Glyphs of Command allows upto two units to move at once (I'm sorry for being lame copyer, but I will so get raped if I don't get this soon )
If you guys are planning to play, just remember that the "rules" of the game have been changed for future reference (but not for this game for consistency) the board will be smaller (7x7 or 6x6) and all units can be moved simultaneously. Just makes the game quicker and IMO more fun.
Sorry for the late update, been pretty busy lately;
Unit Action: two 4 arm zombies down
Unit Production: Walking Head
This is by far the most creative game I have ever saw! The possibilities are only limited by our imaginations and each outcome will always be completely new and original. Great concept guys!! Im down to play if anyone wants to challenge me..Ill make a new thread.
Unit Action: A four armed zombie appears infront of the cloaked druid, in panic the druid strikes it, swinging its staff. 1 damage, zombie dies.
Stone Golem turns into pile of rocks.
Unit Production: Stone Golem
Building Production: Living Treestub -> Catapult Roots
If pile of rocks are located nearby the Catapult Roots, rocks can be thrown upto 3squares. Normal Stone Golem as ammunition causes 2 damage. Consumes 1hp from Pile of Rocks and a unit action.
Catapult roots still have the abilities of Living Treestub.