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nitewalker11
07-28-2010, 07:49 PM
I recently read the short horror story "Sandkings"
Here's a plot summary, i case you've never heard of it.
Simon Kress, a wealthy playboy, loves to collect dangerous, exotic animals. Tiring of his current menagerie, he buys the eggs of insect-like hive creatures called "sandkings" from a shop run by Wo, a girl, and the mysterious Shade.

After installing them in an unused aquarium, he sees them begin to grow, build castles (with his face on the front) and fight wars with each other. As time goes on, and he becomes a more callous master, things begin to change. His visage on the castles becomes more sinister. He takes delight in putting on (and betting on) private war-games and matches against other exotic life-forms in the tank for his friends.

Eventually, his old girlfriend, outraged by the violent shows he puts on, smashes the tank. The sandkings escape and take over his home. After his residence has been rendered uninhabitable, he contacts Wo and learns the truth: the sandkings will eventually turn into human-sized bipeds; Shade himself is a sandking. Fleeing into the desert, he loses his way before finding a cabin. Thinking himself safe, he runs towards it, only to discover that it is inhabited by escaped sandkings - and that all of them have his face.

Anyway, the book goes into a lot more detail about the sandkings themselves, how they share a collective mind and are ruled by a Maw, or queen. I think it would be an amazing level to have a large playground in which you are the queen, and you fight the other queens by sending out troops, fighting over food, making alliances and such. You could choose the number of players, and the remaining queens positions could be filled in by AI.

Ideas?

edster962
07-28-2010, 09:32 PM
Could be a great level, but not my type. However, I'm a huge Kingdom Hearts fan as well, (was looking at your icon) And that book sounds interesting enough for me to read.

You could either make it a sort of Command & Conquer (Like from the LBP Game Jam) thing, or just a platforming-style fighting game with health and armor.

nitewalker11
07-29-2010, 09:54 PM
Could be a great level, but not my type. However, I'm a huge Kingdom Hearts fan as well, (was looking at your icon) And that book sounds interesting enough for me to read.

You could either make it a sort of Command & Conquer (Like from the LBP Game Jam) thing, or just a platforming-style fighting game with health and armor.

I was thinking more of a top down type thing, with a rectangular map and a queen in each corner, but sidescrolling would be easier, probably.

And I would definitely read the story, since it's fairly short.

lyrradXOX
07-29-2010, 10:45 PM
Sounds good, but I would like to hear more when you have done more planning :)