As I mentioned earlier this month, I’ve been encouraged by the interest in my planet generator experiment. In particular, I was surprised and excited by the wide diversity of interest outside of strict gaming and game development circles. This interest led a friend to suggest the possibility of developing a fully functional professional tool based on the experiment that had been predominantly intended for use in a strategy game.

After recovering from this month’s Ludum Dare game jam, followed by research, planning, and some early development, it appears that I’m definitely proceeding with this project. In terms of determining core features and priorities, I’m taking fantasy/sci-fi authors as my primary target audience, to aid them in their worldbuilding efforts. But the intention is that the software will be quite engaging for worldbuilders and map aficionados in general, as well as for those interested in procedural generation. (more…)

The Artist has been added to the About page, as an additional role for which our games will be designed.  Roles already listed were the engineer, the executive, and the scientist.  Here is the blurb for artists:

Just as the construction of functionality can be fun, the creation of beauty can be immensely rewarding. We want to give our players the tools to realize their imaginations in dynamic virtual worlds, and the opportunities to share those creations with others. We know that our audience has a deep well of potential for creativity, and we hope to inspire such diverse artifacts as impressive cities, colonies, and civilizations, and empires, compelling player-generated narratives, quality in-game content, and fan art.

I was tempted to include a fifth role, The Storyteller, but that’s getting a little excessive.  I chose to integrate that in with artistry.  After all, the creation and presentation of a compelling narrative is indeed a form of art.  (As a side note, this focus on narrative is different from that of most games which treat the player as audience, not as author as I wish to do.)