I am writing this post as an advertisement for a new indie game Factorio, in which your goal is to build a big factory. Two of my friends are working on this for about a year now, one of which Kovarex is the original creator of BWApi you all surely know. I hope that this great Starcraft community will be able to help them with support and attention, they really need for this wonderful and interesting project.
The story behind the game
The story behind the game is the following. The two guys were both programmer and were very quite unhappy with boring style of works in programming companies in Prague. Kovarex was playing Minecraft for some time and he really liked the automatization, building things which had some purpose. But since the Minecraft engine was very limited, he decided that he would make a game of his own which would much more concentrate on the automatization aspect.
When I first heard about the project I was thinking it will be boring / not very interesting. Actually, the other guy from the team shared this view. He told that originally he was thinking that this is just some stupid game. But when he saw the transportation belts transporting resources and automatic robotic arms inserting them into furnaces and assembling machines, he knew that this a game he wanted to be a part of.
So what is the game about
In short, your goal is to colonize an alien planet and to build a big factory. In the beginning, you start just with a pickaxe and you have to mine everything by hand. But very quickly you gather enough resources to construct automatic mining machines and production facilities. You build mining sites to get coal, iron and copper. Using transportation belts, you get resources to the main factory. There you burn them in furnaces and create materials as iron and copper. Using assembling machines you build complicated gadgets out of them.
In the later phase of the game, you can build flying robots which you can program, so your factory can produce all important things automatically (and reproduce things which are depleting). You can make different weapons and fight with aliens (and you need to, to collect alien artifacts). You also need to research new technologies which is quite costly but necessary.
You can see the trailer here:
The original plan was that during the game you would get from Minecraft (where you everything do on your own by hand) to something like Starcraft (where you would have factories which produce robotic soldiers and you would just command them where to go attacking and where to setup mining). The Starcraft part is not finished but with some funding it would be possible. Another part which is missing currently is the multiplayer support, and I am really looking forward to play this in cooperative mode with my friends. Concerning PvP, currently it wouldn't probably be very good right now, but maybe with some testing and balancing it would be possible.
The planted goal of the game is to prepare the planet for a landing of a ship which should colonize it. For that you will need a lot of resources and to build many costly things. The game also contains some short campaign/tutorial. Concerning other features, you can make car and train with railroads, to fasten your transportation. In future, they would like to add some automatization to the trains, so you could set them up to transport resources from one place to another. You can see train in this video:
I am interested, what can I do?
Then the creators will be very thankful if you check the official website http://www.factorio.com and the Indiegogo fundraising campaign http://www.indiegogo.com/factorio. My friends are currently quite despaired because the lack of funding, and are thinking about quitting the work on it and getting some boring programming job. I think this is a mistake since the game has such a huge potential. So please try the demo. If you like it, try to support them with some small amount of money on Indiegogo, and/or share info about this game with other people. And if you would like to have an access to the private alpha version, just write an email to the creators, they will be happy to give it to you.
Thanks a lot!