[Coco] CoCo Game "Construction Sets"

L. Curtis Boyle curtisboyle at sasktel.net
Mon Apr 9 00:36:22 EDT 2007

On Sun, 08 Apr 2007 22:14:52 -0600, Allen Huffman <alsplace at pobox.com>  

> Okay, folks. Since there aren't alot of us capable of writing a new game  
> or whatever from the ground up, how about we work on a construction  
> set.  For example, a Maze Game Construction Set would have:
> Sprite Editor - Create your own game characters with 1 to X frames of  
> animation.
> Level Editor - Create the maze for your characters to roam in. Includes  
> teleport locations, etc.
> Object Logic Editor - Give nonplayer characters (like Ghosts in Pac-Mac)  
> some basic logic, whether that be seeking another object, running away  
> from it, or patterns (like a robot on patrol).
> ...anyway, the idea is we could design basic games, then have some way  
> to customize the logic.  The games would be similar -- ie, there were  
> plenty of "Pac Man Style" games made, and this could make them.  Another  
> engine could do level games like Donkey Kong or whatever.
> Then, we could work on our own games for fun.  There used to be a  
> pinball construction set for the CoCo, and some adventure game  
> designers, but those are all I know about.
> Thoughts?
> 		-- Allen

Good idea. There was a "Game Writer" available for the Coco 1/2 that was  
supposed to do this as well, but I have never seen it run. Graf Xpress by  
Sundog also (talk to Briza... I have it, but have never really used it)  
has some functionality for this as well (Coco 3 only).

L. Curtis Boyle

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