Indie Game Dev. working on Solotra.B - a 2D Retro styled, open world, space combat/trading/mining/defense game!

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OVERALL GAME IDEA
The concept/story behind my game is that you, the player, have been sent out into an unknown sector of the galaxy in order to scavenge, collect and mine resources needed to save your home world and/or help build an exodus fleet.

In the sector of the galaxy that you have been sent out to, there will be a number (24 or so) star systems that you can visit, each with their own unique planetary systems and alien races that you will interact with.

You fly around each solar system and can collect resources from space - minerals/rock from asteroids and metal from scrap that is floating around, alien items from alien ships and trade goods from attacking merchants - which you can use to build & defend mining bases, upgrade your ship and develop weapons.

You can establish small mining bases on planets which will enable you to harvest more minerals and particular elements, that you can either use for yourself or that you will send back to your home world.

You can sell these items to alien civilizations to purchase technology, weapons, schematics, ships etc. but there is the risk of not supplying enough to your home world. You will need to constantly decide on spending on yourself at the expense of those people who live on your home planet. Be selfless and help your people but risk failure in your mission as more aggressive aliens will destroy you - or be selfish and risk the lives of others.

You will need to defend each of your mining operations from attack from aliens and pirates who will attempt to steal from or destroy you. This will work in a space invaders styled game within the main game.

This is the main concept behind the game. As I develop this game further I will update you all here, as well as on my website www.scarekrogames.com (where I have already began a developer diary/blog.)

I am expecting to continue development of this game for at least another year - I think it will take that time (and perhaps more) to develop this game to my full vision.

Can check some videos out if you want
Youtube channel: Youtube.com

Anyway, will be posting progress here from now on also. Hope to get some feedback on any aspect and am happy for any questions, comments or criticisms. Thanks guys!

BREAKDOWN OF GAMEPLAY

1) After the initial introduction and story setting/commander selection
screen, the player will be sent out into a peaceful (non-inhabited)
system with two or so planets and just have a small pod type ship. Their
first task will be to establish a base on one of the planets and begin
to harvest resources from the planets surface and surrounding space.
This is so the player will be able to learn the basic mechanics of the
game in a relatively nonthreatening environment (certain hazards will
still exist).

They will then be able to construct a small or
light spacecraft, from a small selection of ships (which have slots for
weapons and other tools) which will have the ability to warp out to the
surrounding systems.

2) Upon arrival into a inhabited system, the
player will have some preliminary contact with an alien species (I
haven't decided if this will be randomized at first, with the chance of
coming up against a more hostile race or not), and will either attempt
to:

a) trade with that alien species, by going back and forward
from their new 'home' system (like establishing a trade
route) accumulating different resources/credits/schematics for
themselves and their home world

b) be slightly more aggressive - by establishing mining bases in the alien systems to mine different resources

c)attack alien spacecraft and steal resources/credits/weapons etc. which will increase the hostility levels of the species.

Each of these options will progressively carry greater risk but more significant rewards.
The player will have to start making decisions about what resources to send
home or to utilize for themselves as their home world status will
slowly deteriorate/improve.

3) Once a player begins to venture further out from their new home system, they will come into contact with different alien species which will respond differently to the player and also have different trade items/resources weapons etc. I am wanting interactions with different species to influence each other and that the player can choose to build a positive relation with certain species by carry out side missions for each different race - which will carry
different benefits for the player.

PARTICULAR GAME MECHANICS:
HEALTH:
The player will have a health, shield and booster bars. Health and shield
are self explanatory, booster will be used for certain tools and or
special weapons and depletes with use but slowly recharges. Booster is
also used to charge shield if shield are low.

EXPERIENCE LEVEL:
Perform certain actions will accumulate experience - which levels the player up and will provide a RANK and certain benefits.

DEATH:
If the player ship is being attacked and nears destruction, the player can
choose to escape by pressing a button which shoots out an escape pod -
whereby they can evade hostile enemies. They player must return to their
home base and reconstruct a ship (these are essentially your "lives"
and multiple can and should be constructed - if you run out of these
lives, you will have to function as only the small escape pod ship and
the risk of perma-death is high. If you die as this escape pod and have
no lives - your game is over. Death will be death. ( I have some other
ideas if this ideas does not end up working the way I want it too, but I
still want to maintain some significant penalty or challenge upon death
- I am not a big fan of feeling as though there is no consequence for
death in games.

As a secondary possible penalty for destruction,
at the moment of your ship destruction (not pod) all of your cargo and
credits are shot out into space, into a container. This will have to be
retrieved by the player in order to recover your credits and cargo. It
will have a locator beacon, so it will not be too difficult to find. It
may get picked up by an hostile alien craft however and you will have to
fight this ship (on your return) in order to recover your
credits/cargo. You can choose to store certain amounts of cargo and
credits at your bases though - management of these becomes important in
this case.

SYSTEM COMPUTER:
In order to perform certain tasks player will have to use their keyboard to type in
particular functions (rather than use traditional buttons). I want the
player to feel like they were actually using an on board computer. At the
moment the commands the player will enter are:
SHIELD - repairs shield using booster
MAP - displays system map
GAME - some on board entertainment!
HAIL - make communication with nearest ship
WARP SYSxxx - initiates a warp countdown sequence to warp out of system
REPAIR - initiates a minigame to repair a particular broken/damaged ship function - SHIELD,ENGINE,HULL,WEAPONS
DUMP XXXX - dump carry that may be contraband in a certain system
LOG - a log of significant events -player can also write notes in here, kind of like a diary/ships log entry.
LAND - initiate landing sequence on nearby planet (player within range)
HELP - displays commands

In this ship computer screen - status and other important information is
displayed and player change change their ship loadout (atm the moment
this is on the fly but I am considering only letting a player do this
when in a 'hangar' on the surface of the planet.

AI COMPANION:
You ship is equipped with an AI companion, which will serve to update
player about certain events, small and significant, provide assistance
and advice to players, provide some light entertain and banter and also
provide some real world factual knowledge about certain elements of
space (sorry, this is the teacher in me, I thought "Hey why not have
some educational value to my game".

BUILDING BASES:
On each planet, the player will be able to construct buildings (an HQ,
power facilities, radio towers, mining towers, silos, teleporters,
research labs, environmental control centers, shield generator and
defences.)

This will consume resources/credits.

Each planet will have certain resources that can then be mined and these mining bases must be defend from attack.
The level of alien hostility will determine that likelihood of attack and the player can choose whether to:

a) no defend planet
b) use the automatic defences on the planet (if they have built them)
c) defend manually by remote (not as effective - if player has built the remote radio control
towers.
d) fly to the planet and defend it manually

LANDING ON INHABITED PLANETS:
Player will be able to land on inhabited planets - but not build (unless alien
race is friendly) and visit alien cities to trade and communicate. If
alien is hostile landing will not be possible unless the player wants to
risk destruction (they can attempt to sneak in and land).

LANDING ON SPACE STATIONS:
There will also be space stations that the player can dock with and carry out trade etc...

CONCLUSION
This is an overall summary of most of the parts of my game - I hope I have
made it a bit clearer about how my game will actually play, but if I
haven't I am more than happy to answer any more questions. I also would
greatly appreciate any more ideas, feedback or criticism of any element
of my game.
Thanks everyone for reading, hope some of you are interested and sorry for typing way too much!

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