Status: Prototyping | Source Code
Code and Conquer is a real-time strategy game where you control your units by writing code. The game is currently in the early stages of development. It’s loosely based on the classic game Command and Conquer: Generals by EA Games.
The main goal is to create a game that is incredibly flexible. The idea is that the server provides the absolute bare minimum of functionality and the players are responsible for everything else. This means that the game can be played however the players want. The server will provide the tools and the players will use them to create AIs to play the game for them.
Players issue commands via a REST API. These commands are queued upo and processed by the server each game tick. Commands are run in the order that they are received, so players have an advantage by writing efficient code. There is a real risk that Latency would have a major impact of player however, game servers will have their location publicly available and players can always choose to run their code on VPSs in the same location as the server.
Whenever I play Screeps, I find myself wishing that I could instantiate classes and have them persist across ticks. I also wish that I could run my code on my own servers so that I could have more control over the environment. I appreciate that this would be a nightmare to manage and would be open to abuse, but I still wish that it was possible. I also appreciate that this is entirely a me problem, there are some incredible coders out there that have written amazingly complex AIs for Screeps. I’m just not one of them.
I was a huge fam of Command and Conquer: Generals when I was younger. I loved the idea of controlling an army and building a base. I’m not sure of exactly how many hours I spent playing it, but it was a lot. In my opinion, it an incredibly well balanced game. It’s clear that a lot of time and effort went into making sure that each faction was balanced against the others. I also loved the campaigns. I’m a huge fan of the story and the characters. I’ve always been a fan of the Command and Conquer series and I think that Generals is the best of them.
I wanted to create a game experience like Screeps but with the game play of Command and Conquer. I think the two would work really well together and provide a lot of room for fun and interesting game play. I also think that it would be an interesting challenge to create a game that is so flexible. I’m not sure how well it will work, but I’m excited to find out.
The game is played in real time. Game ticks are processed as quickly as possible ideally as soon as all players have issued commands or after a set number of seconds. Players issue commands via a REST API, the approach for issuing these commands is up to the player. They are expected to write code in a language of their choice and host it somewhere.
Games are expected to be quick. If communication between players and the server is quick, ticks can be processed much faster than a human could keep up with. It is expected that games run for a few minutes at most. This means that players will need to write code that is efficient and can run quickly. It also means that players will be able to test their code quickly.
After each game, a replay will be available. This will show the commands that each player issued and the results of those commands. This will allow players to see how their code performed and where it could be improved. It also means that players can see how their opponents issue commands and learn from them. The best part of this is that the source code is still private to the player.