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The basic idea is to get from where you start to the objective
on the other side of the map, with being spotted by
Beginning: Each "New Game", you are dropped randomly
somewhere with-in a reasonably large area (so repeat play &
others gameplay is not always the same), with
Somewhere random but close is a backpack (more on that
later), a map & simple locator beacon system (more on that
later too), and some health/food/water.
Backpack: All supplies have a mass & a volume. Your backpack
has a finite volume, & the mass carried affects your
stamina/travel abilities. Some supplies can be carried
"outside" the pack (tagged as to whether they can or not), so
volume doesn't matter, but mass still does.
Map: "Map" view is a split-screen, so you can see the world &
map together. It is a topographical map, but DOESN'T show
your position on it. It orients to the direction you are looking,
& is zoomable. It is up to you to be able to read it. You have a
simple locator system (not "proper" GPS), so you can drop a
transmitter at your current location & put a marker on the
map (these are separate acts; you need to know where on the
map you are to place the marker) but once done, the HUD
will show the direction to the transmitter (& signal strength,
ie. distance (..ish)), and the mark stays on your map.
Terrain: A good mix of wilderness (open, forest, mountainous,
etc), small villages, city to negotiate. Need to go down a
cliff? Got to find a rope first. Crossing a river? Makes your
boots wet which slows you down.
Objective: Again, randomly defined at a "New Game", always
with-in a reasonably small area. Could be a port, hospital,
"home", group of un-defined other people at a particular
NPCs: Both humans and animals, with only a few "beneficial"
encounters (to gain info or supplies). Mostly, the idea is to not
get seen or heard. Being spotted isn't an immediate "end
game", but if you stick around you'll die. You can run, hide,
distract etc. Human "enemies" are stronger & better armed
than you, but you are faster & more agile (able to climb etc
to places they can't follow).
Supplies: Randomly distributed at each "New Game".
Important things (backpack, map, locator, "special" useful
items like rope) always spawn with-in a reasonably small
area. Some are "meta" ie. got to find a way to get into a shack
to then find a shovel (or something).
Side quests: Besides simply "Getting There", there are simple
side quests such as make it to the top of every mountain, shut
off a broken water-main valve to stop a village flooding (& for
you to cross it..?); things that are no exactly necessary to
complete the overall quest, but still "fit".
Graphics: as realistic as possible (which is pretty damn
realistic with todays game engines). Probably easiest to base
it on a real-world location, for ease of creating realistic
I came up with this idea because pretty much all of the top
"first person" games are "kill the bad guy"; I just like exploring
the computer-generated worlds.
Not this Backpack
Aaaah! [neutrinos_shadow, Aug 24 2021]
TV Programme SAS Who Dares Wins interrogation
[xenzag, Aug 24 2021]
Been there, done that
[a1, Aug 24 2021]
||I was going to make a Dora the Explorer joke when I read about the backpack but I thought nah, I like this.
||This would be impossible to make as a single player game because for now the question isn't "does the AI cheat" but "how and how badly does the AI cheat". Either you have the traditional conical line of site on a 2D map with deterministic and boring outcomes or you're rolling the weighted dice for whether an AI entity saw the player. To do it properly as in single player mode you would have to actually have AI agents working to spot the player in a 3D environment.
||I want the real world version playing with and against humans and robots.
||There's a TV game in the UK the does something similar to this. Will search for it. The SAS also send recruits out across a bleak moorland area wearing a heavy coat. They are then hunted by teams of regular soldiers. Any who are caught are subject to severe replica interrogations. (see link)
||[xenzag], US military does similar (link).
||Subverting the Red Cross to deliver escape aids was evil.
||But you're neutrino's shadow. You could simply pass
through any obstacle or enemy and be there at
nearly the speed of light...
||// neutrinos.... pass through any obstacle //
||So the problem is how do they stop when they get to their
||Sandbox survival game (ie Minecraft, Don't Starve), but with
||// Subverting the Red Cross to deliver escape aids was evil. //
||If you mean the WWII "Monopoly" escape kits, those weren't
sent via the Red Cross. Private charities (sometimes fake!)
sent them. But even if the Red Cross had been involved, I
wouldn't call that evil.
||[MechE]; I hadn't come across Don't Starve; seems similar but
more about "survival time" than "travel".
||Fine, it wasn't the Red Cross. Still evil. If the Nazis had found out it would have cut off all remaining aid to prisoners of war.
||//have cut off all remaining aid to prisoners of war.//
||and that would have been a public relations nightmare....
||What if PR wasn't the reason they allowed access? What if even the Nazis weren't pure evil but had humanitarian concerns? Would that blow your mind? And get this, what if there were people in the Axis forces who WERE NOT NAZIS!!???