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Ludum Dare 23: T in Y World (24 Apr 2012 at 23:37)
T in Y World
T in Y World - Play that thing!


Sup guys. I made this game in 48 hours for Ludum Dare #23, whose theme was "Tiny World". It is an experimental homage to an old game called ZZT, with some twists like that everyone can edit the game world, making it a Moderately Multiplayer On-Line Rule Playing Game. Other features:

Very expensive simulated color-ASCII graphics
Content & technology double-whammy
False dichotomy
Four new music tracks, including shamelessly self-referential theme song
You can turn off the annoying music
Spoiler 1
Thrilling Computer Science based gameplay
Integrated level editor
Spoiler 2
Boss battle!!


You can play it or get the soundtrack, or both!
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Anonymous (c-75-72-201-81.hsd1.mn.comcast.net) – 04.28.12 23:56:20
Cool. Was stuck on "Don't Hug Me, I'm Scared" for a while but finally got it.

Here's an Action Jackson spotting: http://try.redis-db.com/
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Scott F (c-75-72-201-81.hsd1.mn.comcast.net) – 04.28.12 23:58:26
"Anonymous"?? What. I totally had "Scott F" in that name field. Your blog better not anonymize me this time too.
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Anonymous (cpe-69-205-69-21.rochester.res.rr.com) – 05.01.12 23:00:13
Awesome!! I don't think I've ever seen anything like this in an LD game. It makes me feel dumb in a good way - I think. Totally blew my mind when I figured out the rule-affecting level. The hug level also gave me quite a bit of trouble, that was kind of annoying. Hopefully I can come up with something clever ("clever") to add.

Also I was gonna shamelessly plug my team's entry but you already played it :)

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Adhesion (cpe-69-205-69-21.rochester.res.rr.com) – 05.01.12 23:00:25
Argh!! That was me (adhesion)
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Tom 7 (c-67-186-6-86.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 05.04.12 00:00:24
Sorry, "Anonymous" is a known bug that seems to come and go with Chrome. It's on the list...

Anyway, thanks! :) I regret "don't hug me" because it's too hard for its level of fun and there are better things I could have done, but one has to live with such things in a 48h contest. :) I'm looking forward to seeing your inventions, and future games!
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radiant (c-76-106-44-167.hsd1.va.comcast.net) – 05.06.12 08:37:02
If the U isn't a safe letter, why is it colored like one?

Why doesn't the rule "?T^ vA=Y." do anything?
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Tom 7 (c-67-186-6-86.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 05.08.12 22:18:10
Always a stickler. :) The colors aren't really meant to mean anything except that safe letters are "friendly" colors like blue and green while dangerous letters are "mean" colors like red and yellow and bright purple. I don't know if it was intentional for U to be dangerous, since it is a vowel (I wanted to make the "sometimes Y" joke here but it didn't quite work)... it was a long weekend!

Your rule, or in the simpler case ?T=Y., does match the T and write a Y on it, but it gets overwritten. When the rule phase begins, whatever is under the T gets saved, then a T is stored there for the sake of running rules, and then the saved letter is unconditionally placed back there. There might be something better to do here, but I think there has to be a special case for the T, so that's what it is.
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Scott F (c-75-72-201-81.hsd1.mn.comcast.net) – 05.13.12 00:10:15
Hey Tom are you on Twitter? I have started using it, seems slightly less evil than other major social networking sites. I'm graue on there. Sorry for offtopic.
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Tom 7 (c-67-186-6-86.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 05.13.12 19:07:47
Nope, not on Twitter. I don't have anything against it, and I often even use it to read some people's goings-on, but I haven't felt yet like I need another place to post short messages...
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Anonymous (62.165.36.42) – 12.19.12 04:45:44
Hey, Tom 7. I am making a game that is similar to this but has modified rule engine. Do you allow me to distribute my game?
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Anonymous (97-81-255-54.static.leds.al.charter.com) – 02.20.16 15:23:43
Is this game dead?
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Tom 7 (pool-74-98-230-110.pitbpa.fios.verizon.net) – 02.20.16 17:57:38
Anonymous 1: Sure, go for it! It would be nice to have a thanks if it inspired your game, but do what you gotta do.

Anonymous 2: No?
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Me (124-170-194-38.dyn.iinet.net.au) – 05.31.16 03:46:31
This is great game. More people need know about it.

Share it.

Much.
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Tom 7 (pool-74-109-243-101.pitbpa.fios.verizon.net) – 05.31.16 20:32:51
Thanks! :)
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Anonymous (217.118.83.141) – 09.20.16 23:13:17
huh 2016

wow the vertical labels on the left are cool

i'm still enjoying this game.
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Tom 7 (74.109.243.101) – 09.22.16 21:55:05
Yay!
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