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README.md

Despot 3900

A game for Ludum Dare 39, with theme "Running out of Power". You play as a despot whose power is waning, and the goal is to accumulate as much wealth as possible and survive for as long as you can.

Download binaries from https://alxm.itch.io/despot3900

Screenshot

Manual

As despot, you interact with two factions that don't like each other: peasants and nobles. You choose an action to perform every turn.

Stats

  • Year: Each turn advances 6 months.
  • Age: Despot loses health points every turn after the age of 60, and faster every decade past.
  • Health: Game ends when health drops to 0.
  • Wealth: Final score is Wealth * Age / 10.
  • Popularity: The percentage of peasants that are on the despot's side.
  • Loyalty: The percentage of nobles that are on the despot's side.
  • Revolt Meter: When full, the peasants launch a revolt against the despot. Starts the count once popularity dips below 50%, and increments every turn with no way to stop it.
  • Coup Meter: When full, the nobles stage a coup against the despot. Starts the count once loyalty dips below 50%, and increments every turn with no way to stop it.

Actions

  • Do Nothing: Recover health points at the expense of loyalty and popularity.
  • Collect Taxes: Take money from either peasants or nobles, at the expense of popularity or loyalty, respectively.
  • Give Money: Give money to one of the two factions to appease them, to the other's ire.
  • Imprison Opponents: When the Revolt or Coup Meters start to worry you, round up the ring leaders to stave off the inevitable. Need over 50% of the other faction's support.
  • Wage War: A gamble with large rewards in case of victory and large losses in case of defeat. Incurs some losses even if victorious, if popularity is under 33%.

Running

Windows

  • Built for 64bit system
  • Launch despot3900.exe

Linux

  • Built for 64bit Ubuntu 16.04/Linux Mint 18
  • You may need to install these libraries: libSDL2 libSDL2_mixer libpng12
  • Launch despot3900

Building Source Code

  • Install a2x rel_ld39 from here
  • Clone this repo, cd make && make or make -f Makefile.mingw64

License

Copyright 2017 Alex Margarit (alex@alxm.org)