Well, I’m definitely making some progress on the core gameplay mechanic. Lately I’ve been trying to make the powerup system work correctly. Every once in a while (after getting a certain amount of points by scoring words), you’ll get a special letter block that looks different than the normal ones – these are powerup blocks. When you form a word using this special block, something good for you happens. Here’s a list of some of the things:
- Halt your rising blocks temporarily
- Destroy a row out of your side
- Destroy a column out of your side
- Advance your opponent’s foul line
- Retract your foul line
There’s more that I’ll probably think of too. Most of these are implemented, but they need to be jazzed up and made into nice looking effects.
I’ve also decided on a theme for the backgrounds – medieval tapestries! I’d like to get some artwork that looks like primitive medieval tapestries made from hand stitching and cross-stitch. Check out the famous Bayeux tapestry to get an idea of what I mean. My wife can sew and cross-stitch, so we might even make these “tapestries” for real and then scan them in or take pictures. I still need to sketch them and neither one of us is an artist….