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Interview Flatspace - the Interview

Discussion in 'RPG News & Content' started by Saint_Proverbius, Dec 31, 2003.

  1. Saint_Proverbius Arcane Patron

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    Tags: Cornutopia Software; Flatspace; Mark Sheeky

    An <A href="http://www.rpgcodex.com/content.php?id=89">interview</A> with <b>Matt Sheeky</b> about <a href="http://www.lostinflatspace.com">Flatspace</a>, his 3D on a 2D plane space trader game with rogue-like elements. Here's a taste:
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    <blockquote><i>2.) <A href="http://www.lostinflatspace.com">Flatspace</a> has some interesting features from rogue-like games, including permadeath, graveyards, random universe generation, and so forth. Can you tell us a little bit about why you've added features like this? What made you think they'd be interesting in this context?</i>
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    <div align="Center"><a href="http://www.rpgcodex.com/screenshot.php?game=lostinflatspace&shot=0"><img src="http://www.rpgcodex.com/images/screenshots/lostinflatspace/dvdcovertb.jpg" height="150" width="105"></a></div>
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    Well, I like Nethack. Random elements always make a game better because they really add to the depth for such a small amount of development work. Once you've completed Half Life, there is no real reason to ever play it again so why don't they add random levels? Getting the computer to generate as much from seeds can lead to great depth and complexity without much outlay. The real Universe is generated algorithmically after all.
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    The exploration aspects of rogue clones is rarely used in games, yet those are some of their most interesting aspects. Every game is different. It keeps the game interesting even at the start, a plot driven game gets more and more interesting until you finish the game and never play it again. If a game is just as fun at the start as the end then permadeath is not a penalty.
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    Nice cover art, ain't it?
     
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  2. Otaku_Hanzo Erudite

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    Wow. :shock:

    There's alot to this game. Alot more than I initially thought. I am definitely looking forward to getting further in this game. I'm enjoying it immensely so far. :)

    Good job, Matt. You can expect to hear from my bank account soon. ;)
     
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  3. cornutopia Novice

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    It's Mark. The artwork printed out all dark so I've suspended the CD version until I can get reprints :(
     
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  4. Otaku_Hanzo Erudite

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    My bad. Mark. :P Well, just let us know when you get the reprints done please. :) I've got the game site bookmarked, but I can almost guarantee you I'd see it faster if you posted an update here. ;)
     
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