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I know that I always popup with some weird blogs and projects…Well…This time is not going to be different.

Yesterday I was in the cab heading home, and the cab drive was listening to ABBA’s Dancing Queen…Don’t know why…But an idea came into my mind…Why I can’t develop an Interactive Fiction game in ABAP?…Or better…Why I can’t build an Interactive Fiction game engine on ABAP? Well…That’s exactly what I’m planning to do…

You may ask…So…What’s an Interactive Fiction game? This link would help you to extend your knowlegde -;) Interactive Fiction on Wikipedia.

The project is going to be started today and it’s going to be hosted on Google Projects ABAPIF.

Gonna keep you update with the details -;)

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    1. Alvaro Tejada Galindo Post author
      Hi Guido:

      Not a game -:) A game engine -;) So anyone could easily develop more games -:D

      Source code is going to be available in the Google Code project http://code.google.com/p/abapif/ And it’s going to be distributed in SAPLink format.

      Tonight I’m going to start working on the tables and the skeleton of the engine…Gladly, my team mate Abesh has join the project -:D

      Greetings,

      Blag.

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      1. Guido Brune
        Hello Blag,

        a game engine is even better then a single game.

        Do you have a concept of your engine?

        A interessing question how to start with an open source project like this. Do you need first the code or first a proper concept?

        All the best,

        Guido

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        1. Alvaro Tejada Galindo Post author
          Hi Guido:

          Sure I got the concept of the engine -;) I actually have develop a couple of IF games (First by using QBasic…drop it for obvious reasons…The I move to C++ and finally ported them to Inform).

          First is the concept, then the tables and finally the code -:)

          Wanted to add you as a project member, but need a valid GMail account…Please send it to my mail.

          Tonight I’m going to upload (To the Google Hosting project) the DataBase diagram and some explanations of the functionallity of the engine, so stay tuned -;) After that, you can start throwing your ideas -:D

          Greetings,

          Blag.

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          1. Guido Brune
            … valid gmail account …

            Is that the way how google push their plattform?

            Good to hear that you have concept and great experience in this area.

            All the best,

            Guido

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            1. Alvaro Tejada Galindo Post author
              Yeah…I don’t like that either…Google gives you some free space to host your projects you must have a valid GMail account…I mean…Free is free right? Anyway…What can we do -:(

              I have been playing IF games since I was a kid…Both in English and Spanish -:D So…I knew a few tricks -;)

              Also…The games are supposed to handle some simple graphics to add more visual enhancement…People don’t like games without graphics…Don’t know why…But surely having some simple graphis would make the games a little more better -;)

              Greetings,

              Blag.

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              1. Guido Brune
                Hello,

                I don’t if graphics are must-to-have.

                If you can realize an enviroment were you are getting the pictures into your brain there you don’t need pictures on screen. In books you have also no pictures.

                What is about sourceforge as alternative host?

                All the best,

                Guido 

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                1. Alvaro Tejada Galindo Post author
                  Sure…graphics aren’t needed…But would make the game nicer -:) Anyway…One can choose to include or not graphics -;)

                  Sourceforge as alternative host? Nice idea -:) Tonight I’m going to send you and Abesh the new repository -:)

                  Greetings,

                  Blag.

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    1. Alvaro Tejada Galindo Post author
      Of course Hari -:) Help is always welcome…You can mail me your google account so I can add you to the project -;)

      At this time, we are at design time…I have started building up some tables and hopefully this weekend going to start with the “engine” transaction…Which is going to be used for actually build the game…Before that, I’m going to start with the “game engine”, which is going to be used for play the games…As soon as I finished that, I’m going to release an Alpha Version…With that, all project members can start to add value, send code corrections and code enhacements -;)

      Greetings,

      Blag.

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