Freedroid RPG

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Freedroid RPG
Freedroid RPG-0.16.1-screenshot.png
Fighting a larger bot with the help of one hacked earlier.
GenreRPG, Post-apocalyptic
Latest release0.16.1  (Announcement)
Release dateApril 2nd, 2016
DeveloperFreedroid RPG dev team
Code licenseGPL v2 or later[1][2]
Media licenseGPL v2 or later[1][2]
P. languageC, Lua
LibrarySDL
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Freedroid RPG is a free game. This means that the source code is available to be studied, modified, and distributed. Most projects look for help with testing, documentation, graphics, etc., as well.

Freedroid RPG is an isometric RPG, it's code and content are licensed under the GPL.[1][2] The game uses OpenGL hardware acceleration by default but can also use SDL graphics.[2]

Gameplay[edit]

The gameplay is similar to other isometric games like FLARE where left clicking on a location will interact with it, either by movement, attacking, message, or dialog. Players can interact with a number of objects including fighting enemies, talking to NPCs, reading signs, opening chests, smashing barrels and boxes, and logging on to computer terminals. The game is progressed by completing a series of missions.

The player can acquire different items, weapons, armor and circuits from defeated enemies, chests, boxes and barrels. Valuable circuits is the currency in Freedroid RPG's post-apocalyptic world, they can be traded for other goods and services at different NPCs.

A tutorial is included in all of the newer releases.

Fighting[edit]

Generally there are four ways of fighting enemies: melee, ranged, programs, or hacking. Melee attacks require melee weapons (or no weapons) and ranged attacks require ranged weapons and ammo. Program attacks require getting in-game Source books, learning them, loading them, then right clicking to "run" the program. Finally Hacking requires loading the hacking program and right clicking on an enemy to start a mini-game (like Paradroid which the original Freedroid classic duplicated).

Sub-Games[edit]

In addition to the main game, and the hacking game, there are several sub-games for the player to experience. Including a parody nethack game, a concise thermonuclear war game, and several gambling games. These games are run though dialog so there are very few options for the player to take.

Story[edit]

The game starts with a mysterious message from Dvorak, First AI, after which the player is awoken from cryogenic storage. She/he takes the form of a human sized penguin, an alien from another planet. Freedroid RPG takes place in a not too distant future where a huge population of bots, most of which produced and controlled by a single company, have risen against their former masters, killing a large part of humanity and taking over control of the galaxy. The small town where the player is awoken hopes that, with her/his help, they can hold out against the bots, and who knows, maybe even win against them.

The player must struggle not only to survive in a cruel world ravaged by the depredations of a robotic apocalypse, but fight back and free the survivors from the tyranny of a world awash in closed source software and determine his own fate.

Characters[edit]

  • Dr. Francis Spark, the scientist in charge of the cryogenic facility (Cryogenics Solutions: "Take the fast trip to the future with Cryogenic Solutions!") where the player is found.
  • Sorenson, a programmer who has gone crazy after writing one-too-many lines of proprietary COBOL code.
  • Ewald, a bartender with a penchant for gambling and nothing to serve but cold water.
  • Spencer, leader of the Red Guard.

And many others, including humans, robots, and everything in-between.

Factions[edit]

  • Selfish human, Tux. It is friendly to everyone and hostile towards bots.
  • Civilians, humans who just want to be left alone.
  • Crazy, people that were pissed off by Tux. They are civilians that are hostile to Tux.
  • The Red Guard, an organization that seems to protect the remnants of humanity, but at what cost?
  • Rebels, those who would oppose the Red Guard's methods (not yet implemented as of 0.16.1).
  • MegaSys, a corporation that seems to have succeeded in achieving world domination by ironically killing their stockholders... and everyone else.
  • Singularity, an AI which hates everyone but Tux and bots.
  • Neutral does not attack anyone, neither is it being attacked
  • Test as well does not attack anyone, neither is it being attacked

Development[edit]

The MBROLA text-to-speech-system was used to generate voices.[3] Most of the core engine code is written in C with dialogs and similar actions written in Lua for ease of use.

In the 2012 FOSDEM Game Devroom, Arthur Huillet gave a presentation discussing a number of important design decisions of Freedroid RPG.[4]

After the release of 0.16, development began on a second act of the game.

Version history[edit]

Developers[edit]

The following lists some past and present developers in no particular order:

  • Andrew A. Gill - voicing
  • Arthur Huillet - maintainer, programming
  • Arvid Picciani - music
  • Bastian Salmela - art
  • Chris Hoeppner - sounds
  • Doris Stubenrauch - voicing
  • Jeff Fox - programming, story/characters
  • Johannes Prix - art, level design, programming, story/characters, sounds, voicing
  • Karol Swietlicki - story/characters
  • Leslie Viljonen - programming
  • Reinhard Prix - programming
  • Simon Newton - level design, programming, story/characters
  • Tiina Heinonen - voicing
  • Zombie Ryushu - testing
  • Stefan Huszics
  • J.K. Wood
  • Stefan Kangas
  • Ari Mustonen
  • Miles McCammon
  • Alexander Solovets

And many others!

FreedroidRPG was selected as a mentor organization for the 2010 Google Summer of Code.

Non-English Languages[edit]

Translations were reintroduced at release 0.16, hosted on Transifex[5]. Current available languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Czech
  • Swedish
  • Italian
  • Spanish

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Freeroid RPG's copyright file at Debian Packages
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The README at the project's GitLab page
  3. Freedroid RPG contact information page
  4. Anatomy of a role playing game on the FOSDEM website, audio and video recordings as well as slides are included
  5. Transifex project page

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