Recurrence Posted May 19 Share Posted May 19 (edited) ~ PastryCats devlog series ~ A pastry-like cat-raising sim in a baking-themed universe ~ for the browser + mobile Get invited for beta: pastrycats.com ~ Quick development snippets on Mastodon @coffee ~ You can also read this here: blog.pastrycats.com We’re a two-partner team, merging our love for immersive stories, slow-burn progression, spreadsheeting our lives, and of course virtual pet sims into one! To whet your appetite… We want to bring something new to the virtual pet / raising sim genre! I hope to share our development of these features: multi-breed cross-breeding (think recipes with 3 or more ingredients!) collaborative pet care (à la collaborative documents) for breeding teams/groups custom training buttons (as a basic example, picture a button that triggers a series of training actions in order) spreadsheet-style views to help organize and analyze your pets (this will arise organically from players’ needs) Crossbreed ingredient cats to make pastry cats with recipes! This simple idea drives the gameplay for PastryCats, a half-breeding, half-baking (but not half-baked!) raising sim game. What are the wonderful creatures inhabiting this game? Sugar cats, butter cats, flour cats (and egg cats!), for starters. When you crossbreed all four cats, you get a cupcake cat 🧁🐈 There’s a tangle of fun complications to get that working — more on that in a future post. Meet Butter-Me-Up, a butter cat with high bitterness The cat art is only temporary, as we’re exploring different avenues As a butter cat, her “fur” is a layer of butter. She essentially sheds butter. Bitter butter. (Well, that’s an approximate explanation.) Grooming any pastrycat yields some form of pastry, mix, or ingredient. Butter-Me-Up’s taste profile Her taste profile consists of five tastes: sweet, umami, bitter, salty, tart (the names chosen to avoid too many s__ words, i.e. sweet/salty/sour/savory). The max each taste reaches is controlled by genetic predisposition. As you can see, she has a higher percentage of bitterness, and will likely breed a bitter cupcake cat! In keeping with the theme of baking, percentages of taste matter in the context of competitions, especially those that account for purity of taste. Not just a chimera We want our pastrycats to have internal consistency, unlike a chimera of sewn-together parts. Beyond the alpha stage of PastryCats, the eponymous cats will have: textures (such as airiness and crunch) dominant flavor note (such as floury) protein content These characteristics will interweave with other mechanics, like personality, custom mixed feed, and competitions. (They will also be supported by lore, which is in-development!) Cats with autonomy It’s important for us to keep the pastrycats cat-like. That’s why caring for a pastrycat requires juggling their current level of interest per activity, their autonomy meter, and various other needs — or the cat will assert their independence and perform actions autonomously. A log of Butter-Me-Up’s day. The peach background color highlights autonomous actions Giving the cat control of their activities is also a basic care action! The “Free” action lets the cat choose their next activity Next post… how our multi-breed cross-breeding system works This is just a quick introduction/teaser. Hope to see you in the next post! Feel free to ask questions at any time 🙂 → Next post (devlog #1) The cupcake recipe, visualized Edited May 28 by Recurrence Add link and fix images 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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