The Cloud Shepherd: Sandbox EditionI would have bet against it even a few hours ago but we actually have something that is not far from being a game. You fly around and place fans. You can water the desert to have cacti spring up, flood the cities and so on. Alex's water simulation makes it rather entertaining!
The water simulation is in a C extension so we definitely have packaging work to do tomorrow.
It's the first time I teamed up with another programmer for PyWeek. We both liked the theme and quickly agreed on many details of a weather control puzzler. But I envisioned it as something simple, 2D and board game-like while Alex wanted to do a more realistic 3D simulation. He's the better programmer so I gave up trying to convince him.
Since we only started on Tuesday we had a scarcity of time and I kept to drawing stuff until today. This morning we only had the height map rendering, clouds, fans and a pile of useless sprites. Alex has finished the fluid simulation and realized it's dead slow. So he ported it to a C extension. I was sure at that point that we would have nothing to show for all of our brilliant ideas. But things started coming together and it's a fun little sandbox now. We'll probably do a post-final version with sounds and music tomorrow for the more lenient judges.
We only decided on the name today, so I could not write diary entries earlier... But here's an early concept sketch that reflects my tile-based approach.
I've seen really impressive screenshots from other entries so I'm looking forward to the judging period!
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