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Zero-Player Game
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ℋarvest ℛune Sep 20 @ 3:56pm 
A 1986 Windows version 3.11 game? Voted.
NimrodX Sep 1 @ 8:12am 
I think this would be more awesome if you could network this with some others and have their charaters adventure together or roam around, encounter each other, then decide if they want to kill each other or what. Perhaps let you pick character morals/values to determine who will like or hate who. In short, if you could network this, maybe have a shared server that's running all the time, then you can login and see what sort of amusing things your character has been up to and if he got himself killed.
TmO Jul 31 @ 12:17pm 
Will there be a story-arc or something that builds up over several encounters?
A Nice Dresser Jul 25 @ 3:45pm 
Interesting concept, needs a little more though. Maybe you can be the one that places the obstacles that your character must then handle and overcome.
Kim Jong-Fun (김정펀) Jul 5 @ 5:13pm 
So you just sit there watching the game play itself? Why not just watch "Let's Play" videos on YouTube instead?
Dragonlord3344 Jul 3 @ 4:25pm 
you should sell the game for 5 cents, would be epic.
099lives Jun 28 @ 1:49pm 
looks promising and unique, kind of like ADOM, another favorite that doesn't rely on graphics
CannedApe Jun 24 @ 1:44pm 
Sorry, I absolutely don't get this one. Why would one "play" a game were there is nothing to "play"?
Jood Poiok! Jun 18 @ 7:45am 
Looks Dwarf Fortress' Adventurer mode
MoeTheMystifier Jun 15 @ 4:26pm 
i really dont understand anything about this game but it looks aboslutely hilarious, so you get my vote!!!
Keep it up man.
Your English is great btw.
HombreFelipe Jun 8 @ 5:43pm 
Here is some gameplay if you're interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTO67d0453I
kaaschuig May 25 @ 11:01am 
I tried it... different than I imagined... I thought I would be watching 'somebody else' playing angband or other rogue-like, but it felt more like my character was just looking for other characters that seemed identical to my character (and thus was [with my luck] more likely to kill me than me killing them.)

I can not in good faith suggest this game as it is, though I will keep up with updates and improvements, and will not take back my 'yes' vote on the principal that you are doing this for free and I hope you receive the criticism necessary to push your future projects to success.
kaaschuig May 25 @ 9:58am 
I know it probably goes completely against the the devs want to do with this game, but would be nice if you could 'unlock' a game mode that allowed you to play it as a rogue-like rather than an idle, maybe after 5 player-less characters so you have some scores to compete with on your player-ran character.
kaaschuig May 25 @ 9:54am 
quick google search and found that old mmo I used to play... probably going to start ZPG and run it while I start a new character on Dark Grimoire.
kaaschuig May 25 @ 9:51am 
... you guys are amazing... 'ooh, look at all the pretty graphics' Orbister? What are you, a 12 year old who doesn't even know what video games looked like before playstation/n64?
I spent years playing Angband, so the graphics don't faze me (even played online games that were text based... wish I could remember what the name of that one game was).

Sadly it's the 'don't play this game, just enjoy it' that I can't fully wrap my head around. I don't know about this 'progress quest' game, but I'm guessing it's something like all those idle games I see on kongregate... but at least it's free so I'll go ahead and vote for it.
Zs4sZB0t May 5 @ 7:30pm 
>>Role-playing without intervention of the player. Personally, I don't want spend my time on leveling, but I truly like to watch the progress of the character.<<
Like ... botting in a MMO? And why play a game when you don't play it at all?
For me any progression on itself is quite worthless, facing some challenges during progression and deciding how to build my character is what makes (action-)RPGs fun to play - at least for me (I also don't think much of achievements either - "yeah, let's do some stupid tasks to unlock some stupid worthless bits and bytes medals"). In my opinion, by taking away exactly this part of the game you also take the fun and the entire point of playing out of it.
Humanoid Papyrus Vampires Mar 26 @ 6:51am 
Now I want to see an idle RPG with modern graphics. Oh man, that'd be so cash.
_-Dev-_ Mar 24 @ 8:16am 
I do not think a game where you basically dont have to play would be kind of weird. The bot would just do the same thing over and over wouldn't it? Seems kinda pointless. Very creative though!
Solfosc Mar 17 @ 12:34pm 
Why not an inverted rogue in where the PC becomes NPC and viceversa? I would like to place traps and monster to kill the (non)player.
Hawthorn Mar 4 @ 11:50am 
Because I can't resist posting this on all text based games :: tldr;
Hawthorn Mar 4 @ 11:49am 
Is this written in C#? Any chance of opening the source?

I would LOVE to work on this and add custom C# scripts for AI. Imagine if you could WRITE the AI scripts for your character and fine tune it.

So a fighter would charge weakest/strongest/most hurt monster .. archer would back up and try to kite. Fighter could look for nearest cover from ranged mobs.,

The idea is to fine tune your scripts to advance further.
Kuregan Feb 12 @ 1:53am 
Hey cut it some slack, it's an interesting concept. Only problem is, it's just an interesting concept. Kind of like the idea of a 2nd person story, but if a story was 2nd person everyone would be like "Ooh" and then not want to read it because of what a 2nd person story would actually entail.

Either way, constructive criticism;

Although this is a 0 player game, that kind of defeats the purpose of playing it. I may as well be playing a random number generator.
If there was somehow I could influence a situation, or if it were a series of randomized events occuring and your light touches could create ripples in the dynamics of the world that would make this game very interesting to me.

If you want something people are going to play (or rather not play) I recommend at least giving people something interesting to watch. Make it like watching random dynamics change in a world on their own.

Or alternatively turn this into a really awesome screensaver
JasNrg Feb 10 @ 12:20pm 
Why?
Orbister Feb 4 @ 10:51pm 
OOOHHHHHHHHH LOOK AT ALL THE LETTERS! AND THERE IS NO VIDEEEEEOOOO OOOOHHHHH SO MAAAANYYYY LEEEETTEEEEEEERRRSSSSS AWHMAAHHHGAAAWWWHHHHDDDDGGGRRJJAJJHAJHDJAEGGEEGE! SO MANY LETTERS! my vote is no.
Nydendakin Jan 31 @ 6:11pm 
...good joke really ! NO WAY
Q: Why this ♥♥♥♥ty game is on my Greenlight?
damaz74 Jan 31 @ 2:46pm 
The best game I know in ASCII is Dwarf Fortress if you could make it any way as detailed as that game is you have my vote.
Vihannes Jan 28 @ 6:12pm 
So which do you have, autism or Aspergers?
grenn {O.A.G} Jan 28 @ 4:08pm 
nice toss back to the old style games. Ill vote yes. Ive always enjoyed the old sms where you make a serries of begging choices, and see how it turns out.
ker2x Jan 28 @ 2:54pm 
Look like a bot playing Nethack ^^
Mmmm... "Ask me again later" please :)
SOLDIER 1st class Jan 28 @ 1:57am 
my one and only question is "why should i want to watch a game play itself rather than play one myself" i mean if its just a bot, why not let someone else biuy it, stream it and watch that on my second monitor? and if im going to do that, why this game? there are millions of more visualy appealing games that i could watch instead while im playing something of my own.
If im watching something that i have no input into, i want it to tie up as little CPU as poss and a game isn't going to be the choice for me.
howell2010 Jan 27 @ 9:47pm 
Ok, this is pretty bad. I can get behind both "Game that plays itself" and "Rougelike"

but "ASCII 'Art' " in combination with that? No. ASCII is hard enough to get into, and games that play themselves need to at least look interesting and have good AI.

ASCII is awful.
Seaspite Jan 27 @ 8:27pm 
Hmm it plays with itself.... I get that but still downvoted..
HADES2001 Jan 27 @ 1:35pm 
wtf ?
Masque and Mirror Jan 27 @ 12:22pm 
Always room for more roguelikes, and it's an interesting twist.
Frozen Today Dec 16, 2012 @ 4:56pm 
Are people really so lazy now that they need games to play themselves?
Noyemi K Dec 11, 2012 @ 8:45pm 
So basically I can replicate the experience by throwing a pair of dice and writing a new name on a sheet of paper every time I roll 2 or 3. Alright.
CaractacusRex Dec 9, 2012 @ 3:23pm 
Hey. April 1st is four months away yet. As much as grind engines are fun for about 2 and a half minutes, this has zero effort put into it. Your 'game' does not belong on Steam. It doesn't even belong on Desura. Hell, it would look bad on Kongregate. There are similar grind engines on Kong where people have at least gone to the effort of making graphics. One of them is about a penguin. Already it's ten times more interesting than yours.
ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ Dec 8, 2012 @ 6:38pm 
alright, i downloaded it, it sucks
ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ Dec 8, 2012 @ 6:35pm 
It could be free
ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ Dec 8, 2012 @ 6:34pm 
Woah, that's actually cool
^9Mr.SANSEY ACE Dec 5, 2012 @ 2:01pm 
Fuuuuuu......
Knight (formly upsilon) Dec 4, 2012 @ 9:56am 
If I wanted to read a book, I'd read a book. If I want to play a game, apparently, I need to stop searching Greenlight for one.
Lazy Shell Dec 4, 2012 @ 2:18am 
Okay, now, really, are you serious? First of all a zero-player game is an oxymoron; if it doesn't have a player, then it's not a game, it's a screen saver. This is like something someone would make as a test case for a pre-alpha, not something you try to sell.

Also @Kushite I like roguelikes a lot, because they force you to use your skill to adapt to rapidly and unpredictably changing enviromnents. You can't rely on luck, so you need to be prepared at all times and be highly involved in the gameplay and your character; it's a battle of human ingenuity and forethought versus a random number generator. This piece of software (it's not a game) takes the same concept and removes all control from you, meaning you're just watching the RNG play with itself. It's completely antethetical to the genre and anyone who actually likes playing classic roguelikes would be appalled by it. The only market for this is people who don't like playing video games, meaning it has no business being on Steam.
praguepride Dec 3, 2012 @ 5:51pm 
So...pay for Progress Quest? Without the quirky humor?
Cyndy Cooper Dec 3, 2012 @ 5:16am 
... this is Progress Quest. Only not free. It's also a Roguelike. Only not free. Progress Quest and Roguelikes are free.
台灣妓者 Dec 1, 2012 @ 9:34pm 
wow.....that's cool and looked fun for me
Calebc789c Nov 30, 2012 @ 4:39pm 
This is interesting, but ive never been a fan of Roguelike games, when I look at Roguelike graphics, I pretty much waste more time wondering what the hell im looking at then actually trying to attack/defend/use/??? it.
1t5y B1t5y Nov 22, 2012 @ 2:55pm 
Come on..... if you haven't played a Zero-Player Game before (and you have, just don't realize it) these types of parodies a(Read Progress Quest) are actually quite entertaining. I have multiple characters placed into my startup menu that run at all times my computer is on. Sometimes I go days or even weeks without checking in them, but when I do I am always extremely amazed at what they have been up to and also the psuedo-accomplishment they have made. Do you really think you will miss the waiting in line for dungeons and grinding that epitomize MMORPGs? You won't, trust me. This is a kind of like the entertainment you found in a game like S.P.O.R.E. when you ran across a species that you created but aren't controlling. You follow them around a bit and marvel at how they go about their AI-life..... it is entertaining, just not in massive doses. It is different, but well worth an up-vote, especially if you are into roguelikes.
thejoche Nov 20, 2012 @ 2:17am 
why would anyone pay for this? You are basically reading a page without any interaction
Piddles Nov 16, 2012 @ 3:30pm 
Reminds me of Progress Quest