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Game Idea: Pyramid Designer

As the pharaoh’s lead pyramid design technician, you are tasked with creating the ancient world’s foremost anti-tomb-raider burial monument. You get to create the layout, dead ends, pitfalls, traps, and distractions to keep any robbers from making their way to the pharaoh’s final chamber.

As a renowned engineer, you have the ability to utilize ropes and weighted stones to create shifting or reactive paths to the burial chamber, and you will definitely need to use as many tricks as you can to succeed.

Every successful invader will be handily dispatched by the pharaoh’s mummy, but allowing too many will find you being subject to the mummy’s curse as well. If you perform well enough, you will be rewarded in the afterlife!

A hybrid between an engineering puzzle game and tower defense.

Bastion

In my spare time I’ve been working on a card game called Bastion where two players duke it out in a battle reminiscent of warfar in the 16th through 19th centuries. During this time period they had big solid fortresses, and an incredible variety of techniques for capturing those fortresses.

Here is a topic I started on GoodGamery to discuss the development of Bastion.

The core of the game has one player buying defenses while the other player tries to breach them. Most of the cards they use will be similar, except that the defender has access to a bunch of fortifications, while the attacker will use specialized units like miners, sappers, siege ladders, and so on.

Each of the units has a couple corresponding Combat cards, which represent maneuvers or tactics that the player’s troops use in battle. The more expensive units have access to more flexible or more powerful Combat cards, and specialized troops have specialized Combats. By moving all of the specialized rules for the units onto their combat cards, it keeps the units from having a bunch of special keywords, numbers, and abilities. Instead, they have only a cost and a health, and the rest gets to be artwork. All of the complicated stuff is on the combat cards, and since you only pick from a couple of those per turn, the combat plays out pretty simply.

Here is a spoiler of all the cards I’ve designed so far.

Doubloons!

Doubloons

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Doubloons! is a game where you are a pirate captain, commanding your ship and crew to take over and plunder enemy ships. At your disposal are cannons, bilge pumps, rowboats, grappling hooks, gangplanks, and a load of angry pirates.

Your goal is to attack your opponent’s ship, steal their gold, sink it, and sail off into the sunset (in that order). You control the pirates through orders you give them, and then the pirates will complete the task to the best of their abilities. Combat effectiveness may change during battle due to grapeshot, inability to swim, and injury from swords.

The controls are listed above each ship on the play screen, start with Vs. Mode so that your opponent doesn’t do anything. You control the pirates by giving them orders.

For example you hit the “man the cannons” button and the game will pick an idle/defending pirate and make him load the cannons. Later, you can hit the “decrement cannon loaders” button and the game will remove one of your cannoneers.

The game ends when a player has no pirates left and one of the ships has sunk (Not necessarily that player’s ship!), or when one of the ships escapes from the other by sailing off the edge of the screen, or when you press ESC. After this, each player is scored by gold possessed, pirates killed, damage dealt, and whether their ship survives or not.