Hello everyone. I won't introduce again this project I have. Yes? You still want? Okay.
My projects are most of the time remakes or reproducing mechanisms of games I loved. I started programming (on calcs and on Casio) by trying to port Pokémon Gen I battle engine To Casio AFX2.0/Graph100+. I got through some projects in the same branch, but another one (almost finished) stood up : Bust-a-Move. All of them are past. Now, I'd like to program something. A project way more complicated but that could open (at least to me) to new games. I'd like to reproduce for starters the battle engine of Mother 3 and Earthbound.
This battle engine is a semi turn based classic RPG battle engine. You ahve your party, the enemy's. each one decide its actions for the turn and the turn is going on its way. THat could be just a simple project, but here's the tweak in three(four if you count & as one) words : Modularity & Open Source.Modularity
Modularity means that the engine should be an independant part of bigger projects. Only some functions will be needed to set up the engine and run it. I'm still planning a lot of the structure and having many design difficulties (shmibs will talk of exeprience after reading the first version's C code...) but I want it to be most clear possible to be hackable by everyone who has some good C/Axe programming skills.
Modularity means too OCP (Open/Closes Principe). I' like it to support a event system and scripted
IA which could add a deeper experience to the battles. I'd like at least to be able to reproduce all the quirky events of said games (like self-exploding trees at their death, the textbox in [REDACTED]'s battle, etc...) but that's not really a critical feature.
In the end, modularity means grouping the code in modules to be able to swap them. The most important instances of this meaning here are graphism and I/O (and audio? I dreamt of a thing months ago, but that's still a dream T_T). Graphism and I/O code should be engine independant. I'd like to run the engine on computer as well as calculators. For that, lots of think are being spent on how to split the graphic data from the engine's. that's not an easy task, i.e. Casio FX-9860 are using 2-bits sprites where Black are 1 and 0 White. If someone were to use directly these functions in, lets' say SDL, that won't certainly work unless big ugly hacks are done. So graphism should too be a independant part to be free of using whatever is needed by the target. Same for file I/O or input management. That also brings a problem : where to put the UI? Graphism module? Input Module? Battle Engine?Open Source.
Before talking about open source, there should at least be source code. The project started on calc with Axe Parser as I only had that at my hand. The code became quickly as unreadable as ancient dwarf arcanes. Forget about reading it, it has little sens to begin with. I ported the knowledge I had on HBE to C and tried to make a clean basis with Casio Fx-9860 in mind. Second failure, I got cold scoled by Shmibs and I realized that if there were more sense to my eyes, it wouldn't be the same for the others.
So now, I'm clampled to wonder and ponder. Ponder the open source from beginning, wonder how the source code should be structured. Ponder the feasability of the project, wonder if I should ask for help as I already tried in vain. I don't want it to be just lost time into a unborn project. I'd like to have better feedback from anyone with enough experience to tell me how parts of the project could be done without being taken as an inexperimented programmer. I'd like to see who are
interested into this heavy project and how much they are. I'd like in the end to see one of my game project plan to be achieved with this engine and maybe other people using it.
So at this moment, I store a repository in a GitLab
repo. If anyone wants to mess with the few headers I have at the moment, feel free to poke me and I'll make the repo public or allow you to mess around.
So yeah, so much for a simple calculator project
. Something that everyone could do, but I want to do it in a way that lot of peoples would be able to help or improve. That's the real meaning behind this project. (That and the fact I'm more and more thinking about a real calc -or not- game behind that.) Thanks for reading it.
At the demand, here is the last prototype version screenshot to date :** the link was brocen and redirected to NSFW ads. Removed it**
Let's hope that I (or we?)'ll get to something better than that.edit: p2 removed NSFW link