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Driller kNight
« on: April 01, 2017, 05:51:32 pm »
Here is the newest release of Driller kNight!
I have added a huge amount of content since my last release. Eight new units and several new buildings have been added. Combat has been added to the game and giant monsters made of rock have come to destroy your base and slugs are sliding in to drain power from buildings! A story has been added to the beginning of each level and a conclusion at the end of each level. Each unit and building has a range of tasks and many have special abilities. The settings menu is well developed and allows frameskip for faster games, greyscale tuning, difficulty adjustment and more. The game takes about 10 hours to complete, but 100% completion takes more than 40 hours. It still will not run on an 83+ however.  :-\
There are 2 addons, Godmode and RandomLevels which I will release on August 19 and September 2. These add on to the original game and allow for many fun new games but aren't required to play.

Spoiler For Old Version:

After several months of long programming sessions I have finished Driller kNight, a full length overhead mining strategy game.
It has 20 levels. Unlike most games, the levels can be chosen. You can choose between 1-3 levels to beat in order to progress deeper. The only exception is that the first 11 must all be beaten to unlock the last 9. There are 15 units and 6 buildings. It will not run on an 83+ due to lack of memory.

It may not be an on the edge of your seat excitement, but it is a fun way to pass some time.
I believe that the screenshots speak for themselves, so... here is the download.

Spoiler For more detailed overview:
   Driller kNight - Release

The controls are pretty simple. 2nd is always the select key. Press and hold it to create the drag box. Alpha selects or unselects a tile. Stat opens the menu for a unit. Pressing left or right changes the current job. (if it is a job the unit cannot have, it will change to one it can have once the menu is closed) Some units can only have one job, while others can change it. XTOn places a road on the selected tile. Delete kills the unit or building selected giving a refund if needed (select buildings by selecting their tile) The building menu only opens if you have selected a tile. Clear is always quit. Be careful not to press it too long since it will quit the level. Press mode to end the level when you have completed the goal. Pressing ON+stat pauses the game and turns the screen off. Pressing ON will resume. (If you don't press it, you can keep playing after the goal has been completed)
Once the first 11 levels have been completed, the last 9 will unlock.

Tech tree:
   Storage: recruits workers and is where resources are deposited
   Small teleport: recruits everything below Loader dozer
   Power plant: powers nearby roads
   Support station: adds 10 air a tick (almost every unit uses 1 per tick) assuming it is next to a powered road
   Large teleport: recruits every unit from Loader dozer up
   Refinement station: Generates ore and crystals
   Buildings that need to be powered must have a powered road next to their main tile (the one you selected when you built them if they have multiple)

Units: Each unit can hold one of three jobs - Driller, clearer, or collector. Drillers mine the wall they are currently on and move to a nearby one if there is one. Walls will collapse (basically mined for free) if they are not next to two other walls. Clearers act just like drillers but they target the rubble left behind after the wall is drilled. Collectors collect the ore and crystals that are left behind by the clearers and drillers. They target crystals before ore and bring them to the nearest storage.
It is your job to figure out what all the units do. Be warned that the infinity ship is huge drain on resources.
« Last Edit: August 22, 2017, 11:33:15 am by E37 »
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Re: Driller kNight
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2017, 10:44:38 am »
Awesome! I saw you working on this on the other forum. I'll give it a download and see how it is.

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Re: Driller kNight
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2017, 05:07:56 am »
Seems good, I'm gonna try it, it's always a pleasure to see still some people making game =)

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Re: Driller kNight
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2017, 05:59:10 pm »
Seems good, I'm gonna try it, it's always a pleasure to see still some people making game =)
I am still working on it! If you want to see my progress, go to: https://codewalr.us/index.php?topic=1982.msg54981#msg54981
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Re: Driller kNight
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2017, 09:31:24 pm »
Seems good, I'm gonna try it, it's always a pleasure to see still some people making game =)
I am still working on it! If you want to see my progress, go to: https://codewalr.us/index.php?topic=1982.msg54981#msg54981
Or, you know, you could cross post progress here ;)
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Re: Driller kNight
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2017, 11:46:55 am »
But copy-pasting is so much work!  :P
I am continuing to work on Driller kNight after a short break. The game is not very stable currently. Here is a list of added features:
Combat! Monsters now appear and will become more common and powerful the more resources you have.
Many new units inducing ones dedicated to the new role of fighter/defender.
3 new buildings, two for monster defense and one for upgrading units.
Units can be upgraded infinitely with each upgrade becoming more expensive.
The power system has been reworked to make more sense.
Reworked all AIs to make them a lot smarter.
Expanded settings menu with options like difficulty, fast forward and pacifist mode.
Units now cost ore in addition to crystals so there is no giant pile up of ore late game.
Added godmode for debugging or boredom.
Units now have shields that recharge so that workers no longer have the same health as the most powerful units.
Added new unit class - epic. The progression now goes, Worker - Small units - Large units - Epic units.
Lazer units like the drill walker now occasionally fire a very powerful lazer to defend themselves.
Added control groups. You can assign a unit to a number and when you press that number, all units in that group are selected.
Changed the cursor slightly to make it easier to use.

I don't know when it will be done. Probably not for a long time because summer is coming up and I won't have as much time to work on it.
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Re: Driller kNight
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2017, 04:39:01 am »
ah, this is really interesting; there are so few rts-like things, and most of them don't really run.

keep a up!

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Re: Driller kNight
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2017, 08:50:36 pm »
Seems good, I'm gonna try it, it's always a pleasure to see still some people making game =)
I am still working on it! If you want to see my progress, go to: https://codewalr.us/index.php?topic=1982.msg54981#msg54981
Or, you know, you could cross post progress here ;)
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Re: Driller kNight
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2017, 01:57:33 pm »
I have two more levels to make. I also added a lot of little things to make it seem like a pc game such as a text box appearing on tiles to tell you what they are when you hold your cursor there for a while. I even added scroll bars for some menus! 4 levels of difficulty has been added - easy, normal, hard, and insane. It is almost hard to die on easy and there are some levels I can't beat on insane. I added 2 more units to bring the total count up to 23 and changed a lot of old ones. I also added another building. You now receive a score when you beat a level. I have further improved all of the ai's to make them seem a lot smarter. (No more fighters walking past their target because it moved) I will post some screenies when I work up the motivation to deal with wabbitemu. The whole game is more balanced now. A story has been added for the first time the game is launched. I may add researchable tech, but that will be an afterthought if it is added at all. The game is acting very stable so far. I haven't had it crash or corrupt memory in over a week of intense testing (I tried my hardest to break the game). Other options include a pacifist mode if you don't want the constant threat of monsters.
Sorry for the somewhat random update list.
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Re: Driller kNight
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2017, 09:42:48 pm »
Hey, any update is a good update imho. Keep up the hard work!

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Re: Driller kNight
« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2017, 08:45:32 am »
This looks amazing, i don't think we've ever had an RTS this far along in development. I'm really impressed by all you've done so far!

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« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2017, 08:50:04 pm »
This looks amazing, i don't think we've ever had an RTS this far along in development. I'm really impressed by all you've done so far!
Thanks so much! It is great to have some support!

I have finished adding all new features. I left some openings for expansion that will allow me to make some"DLC".
I will expand the godmode feature and make randomly generated levels an option. Hopefully the base game will be out soon!
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Re: Driller kNight
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2017, 07:23:20 pm »

Update: I will release Driller kNight on August 5

I added another enemy and building.
There is now a menu that opens all the controls in the game for easy reference.
All content is finished.
I will just be optimizing and testing until release so I can be sure I am releasing a good game!
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Re: Driller kNight
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2017, 12:44:55 pm »
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Re: Driller kNight
« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2017, 01:22:32 pm »
Wow! Looks awesome! There doesnt seem to be much development on the 83+/84+, Escheron seems to have stopped and Reuben's been finished, so I really like seeing something show up. I've been watching this for a while, even downloaded the first demo! It looks like a lot has progressed since then! Is this programmed in axe or in asm?