Shelving Polly — Writing an Adventure Game

Pyweek thus far has shown me numerous design errors that were present in Polly’s Adventure.

Until I can resolve those issues, I’m extending its stay on the shelf.

I will instead be working on something else entirely. I will be working on an adventure game.

The (tentative) title of the game is Penelope, after its protagonist.

The Plot:

One day, in the kingdom of Brickton, just outside of the town of Redlow, a young woman named Penelope Green nervously approached an old wizard’s house. You see, Penelope was seeking a solution to a problem. She had always been sad, for as long as she could remember. Now, her life was fairly  comfortable, she sold flowers in the market, and that kept her fairly comfortable. She was still sad. She felt ugly, unloved, and like her life was pointless.

Penelope thought that surely the wizard would be able to help her.

When she entered, she was greeted by a large raven that stared at her and cawed loudly. There was the sound of footsteps, and an old man in a blue robe entered the room. He greeted her warmly, and Penelope mumbled a reply.

She told the wizard her story. He thought a moment, and then a wise grin spread across his face. He hurried to a shelf, and picked up a bottle full of a blue liquid.

He handed the bottle to Penelope, telling her to drink the bottle at the dawn of the next day. He said that the process was not an easy one, but that it was fully possible.

Penelope hurried home, and lept into her bed. She had finally found a cure for her sorrow!

The next morning, Penelope got up and popped the cork out of the bottle. The liquid smelled of berries, and shimmered a bit in the morning light. She drank the elixir in one gulp, and waited for it to take effect.

Penelope felt a tingle, and then passed out. When she awoke, she quickly realized that she had been tranformed into a fox!

Tears formed in her eyes. She had been tricked by the old wizard, and now she would be forced to live amongst the animals for the rest of her life!

The raven who had greeted Penelope at the wizard’s home perched in the windowsill. She looked up and glared at the bird, cursing its appearance in her mind.

The raven let out a devilish chuckle, then cleared his throat. He told Penelope that the wizard had decided that she needed to learn to enjoy things in life, and that she was being given a break from her routine to help her do so. The raven continued, saying that when she could demonstrate that she had found joy, the wizard would be happy to change her back.

He then stood a moment, scolded her for glaring at him because he had nothing to do with the whole affair, and then took off into the sky.

The game starts here

That’s what I have so far. Well, and this:

The game will be played from an overhead perspective, and will be tile-based. It will be written in Ruby using GTK+, with a GTK::Drawable serving as the display screen, and regular GTK+ widgets and frames forming the remainder of the interface.

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One Response to Shelving Polly — Writing an Adventure Game

  1. scaryreasoner says:

    Tall order, that. Demonstrating that you’ve found happiness by means of GTK /tile interface, I mean.

    Not to say that I haven’t had lots of fun programming GTK stuff (not with Ruby though.) Good luck!

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