Mutant Gangland is a fast, neat and simple turn-based-strategy game where mutants fight robots . Build units, Conquer buildings and use them to Fund your army. Battles are short but the game packs 50 quick battles and a level editor to design your own maps.

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0 comments by BacioiuC on Oct 11th, 2014

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It's been a while since the last blog post (5 months almost) and this is due to several factors. I won't go into many details but the short story is that i had to relocate to a new city on the other side of the country and find ways to make rent. Now that things have settled I'm back to work and I have something neat coming your way. And the next alpha is getting closer and closer. So, here's what you can expect to happen in the upcoming weeks:
Editor update:

  • The editor is getting an overhaul to improve functionality, usability and to integrate commanders (and a small campaign support)
  • Better (virtual) keyboard support for tablets
  • Ability to export maps as a single package (instead of 3 different files + tile set)
  • Importing tilesets for different kinds of maps
  • Units, Buildings and Commanders/Generals/Gang Bosses are loaded from a csv file (sprite, icon, stats), so creating maps for mods should be easier

Campaign Support:

  • Separate entry in the main menu leading to an overworld map
  • Ability to trigger text boxes and events (spawning units, changing tile sets on the fly) at the beginning and during the game

And, probably the biggest thing yet, Multiplayer support!

Multiplayer: This is something I wanted to try for a long time but never had the chance to do so. Although early campaign support has been added and the commander logistics are in the code it will take a little while before that part of Alpha 2 will be ready for the public. Thomas is busy pushing pixels for the Penarium (A deviously deadly platformer game by SelfMadeMiracle) and hasn't finished drawing all of the animations for the commanders so, until I get those things, I'm free to work on everything else. Soooo why not use what I already have available and get multiplayer working? So, here's my plan for the next 1-2 months on this subject: I already have a basic multiplayer implementation of the contents in alpha 1. One player can host a game and the other can connect to it and duke it out. Over the next few weeks I plan on releasing via itch some new builds in the following order:

  • First multiplayer test release featuring real-time play. This is the most basic functionality where one player hosts and the other one connects to his IP and plays the game normally. If any of the two disconnects that's it, they will have to start another game.
  • The second multiplayer release will feature a Master server and a "lobby" and it will work in the same fashion other games work, like "counter-strike' for example, . Once the "Host" button is pressed all people that have the "multiplayer" menu open will see a list of servers that are online and will be able to join them.
  • The third stage will include social features like chat and the ability to play asynchronous (play-by-email fashion). Once a game is setup the players can take their time and turns. Once a player ends his turns a list of all his actions and movements will be sent to the master server which will relay them to other player, when he is online.

For the first release I'm interested in seeing how the game performs, if it lags, if there are any problems joining/hosting or if any desync happens between the users as well as see what kind of caveats occur. For example, due to the game's open source (anyone can access the code, hack it, change it, etc) I find myself not knowing how to prevent cheating, other than relying on the HOST server to handle all the logic of the game and provide the data/info for the game. What this means is that the client (the one joining) will not use any locally stored data (unit stats, prices, images). On another note I'm also interested in seeing how the, albeit small, community of supporters (you guys) react to this feature. In a perfect scenario I'd like to have my inbox filled with request for features, tournaments, praises and maybe even setup a ladder it remains to be seen but I'm hoping to get my bum handed over by some of you. So what do you think? Excited for the multiplayer? Do you have any questions or suggestions about the implementation?
~ Zapa.

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PaulieP
PaulieP Feb 24 2014, 2:17am says:

I just reviewed the game, feel free to check it out: Halfrailed.tumblr.com

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ultraviolent
ultraviolent Feb 8 2014, 5:13am says:

Hey there, just purchased alpha 1.

In linux the game asks for libtinfo and libncursesw. These libraries doesn't exist in most of the distros' repos. Can you include it in the "libs" folder?

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BacioiuC
BacioiuC Feb 11 2014, 4:54am replied:

Hi,
Sent you an email :)

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BacioiuC
BacioiuC Feb 9 2014, 8:43am replied:

Ultra: got your mail. Not near my linux box right now. Will be home in 'bout 2 hours.

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BacioiuC
BacioiuC Feb 8 2014, 6:13am replied:

Hi ultraviolent. Can you send me an email at info [at] mutantgangland [dot] com so I can send you a version with those libs? :)

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BacioiuC
BacioiuC Jan 31 2014, 5:05am replied:

Hi,

We're currently doing a soft-launch of the first ALPHA version at www.mutantgangland.com. Please, before downloading, read the information available on the alpha page.

I will update the indiedb page on Monday, with new information.

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TRSCP
TRSCP Jan 15 2014, 6:34pm says:

Should be a good game! I am sure it will get lots of love from a lot of people.

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BacioiuC
BacioiuC Jan 16 2014, 4:29am replied:

I hope so too! Can't wait to factor in all the feedback for the sandbox battle mechanics. Thanks for checking it out.

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Oct 24 2014, 9:18am

@Caltek9 forgot to mention, aiming for the multiplayer update to be released this weekend. Alpha 2 will take a while :) cc: @ThomasNoppers

Oct 22 2014, 5:56am

@Caltek9 @ThomasNoppers pretty much. I'll post news on T.co and tweet here :)

Oct 22 2014, 5:55am

@ThomasNoppers @Caltek9 there's code camp happening Saturday and that might push the release back a tad though :(

Oct 22 2014, 5:52am

@ThomasNoppers @Caltek9 yep. Got our test trials in the weekend. Hopefully I can push it before sunday.

Oct 22 2014, 5:52am

@Caltek9 @ThomasNoppers oy! Last update release is update 6 for alpha 1. Alpha 2 and Multiplayer update is on it's way, sometimes this week.

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Game Dev meetup in Iasi city! Hosts are @GrimTalin and @xelubest. T.co #GameDev #Romania #Iasi T.co

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@victorporof well I usually have to cover the code-muscle in front of my room mates :(

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