Okay so, I’ve been working on a COG style game for a while (years in fact), but recently I’ve picked it back up, given it a dust off and tried again. So far, I’ve written up the introduction, which basically introduces you to your character, and gives you a few ways of defining your character.
First up, the character herself is predefined - her name is Nemi Macska, and she is a healer. I suppose my inspiration is taken from rpgs like Ultima, where you travel in a party of companions, one of which had the fun job of healing duties. Nemi is a character in that vein. The introduction basically gives you the opportunity to decide what type of healing she’ll specialise in, introduce you to your new boss, and just let you set up the type of character she is (i.e. is she pragmatic and blunt, sarcastic and feisty, etc).
I very much enjoy COG/hosted games titles where there’s acknowledgement to your decisions - however small - so I’ve tried to do this in Heal. Also, my primary focus is less on branching paths, and more on relationships with other characters. So the story itself is going to be fairly linear, but the way people speak and react to you is really going to be quite different depending on how you speak to them, how you handle certain situations etc.
There is some very lazy ‘artwork’ which is based on public domain photos run through a few paint.net filters - these are intended as placeholders only, if this ever gets finished I have a good friend who I think would be willing to do some proper character portraits (there’s little point in her doing any until I finish this which could take a while if ever!).
A lot of work has already been done on the first chapter (which follows the introduction) but it’s not complete. I suppose my purpose in posting the link here is to see if :
a)it’s something people are interested in me continuing
b)getting opinions on what could make this a really worthwhile diversion
c) picking up any nasty typos/errors that I haven’t
Also, if anyone has any suggestions relating to some interesting medical dilemmas that could be explored, they’d also be very welcome.
Link: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/11379019/COG/Heal/web/mygame/index.html [latest version as of 22/09/2012]
Comments, suggestions and feedback are all very welcome. One problem I’ve noticed is I have a bit of an issue writing in the present tense, so if you spot any typos/switches in tense that seem off, please let me know so I can fix them.