Well Ludum Dare didn’t go so well, I spent the whole weekend trying to get my tools to work. Hopefully I’ll be better prepared next time.
I’m starting a new project today, something I should be able to put proudly into my portfolio. I’m going to make a Web based MUCK. MUCK stands for Multi User Chat Kingdom. They’ve been around since the internet stone age and haven’t changed much since then. In form, they’re like a series of linked, themed chatrooms representing a virtual space. Unfortunately they’re so old that you have to connect to them with a dedicated client, and interact with people using arcane text commands.
I’ve decided to make a web based MUCK system. Linked chatrooms should be simple enough to do quickly and complex enough to show my skills, I hope.
To begin with, I’ll make a simple chatroom. Then I’ll add in the account system, and finally set up connections. I can build other MUCK features on top of that; they usually have programmable objects in MUCKs that say or do things when you interact with them. Though, I might just expose the client interface, so that people can make chatbots to do that with whatever they’re familiar with. But one step at a time.
My first chatroom will be done MVC Style. The Model and Controller will be PHP classes while the view will be done with JQuery and AJAX.
I’ll post more on here when I hit a stumbling block but for now I’m just setting up the basics.