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    Ludum Dare 20

    April 29th-May 2nd, 2011
    Theme: It’s Dangerous to go Alone! Take this!

    More Info: Ludum Dare 20 Has Begun! (Keynote), Theme Voting Results.

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    Bonifaco's Bazaar - johanp - Competition Entry

    Take the role of a greedy merchant and sell weapons to heroes that want to save the kingdom!

    Use mouse and keys 1,2 & 3 to navigate around your shop.

    - craft items that heroes want
    - sell items for gold
    - purchase more raw materials and craft cooler weapons
    - watch the heroes battle against the goblins
    - who will win???

    Please enjoy! If you think it is hard, try again. The rtick is to stock pile higher level weapons when you have time. NEVER idle!

    Good luck and thanks!
    /johanp

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    Ratings

    #11Overall3.84
    #12Innovation3.93
    #13Theme3.84
    #15Fun3.77
    #28Community3.63
    #38Graphics3.74
    #103Coolness6%
    #116Audio2.61
    #117Humor2.66

    Comments

    shard123 says ...
    May 1, 2011 @ 8:11pm

    A lot of fun!

    johanp says ...
    May 1, 2011 @ 8:13pm

    Yay! Glad you like it!

    DrunkenOrc says ...
    May 1, 2011 @ 8:15pm

    Great game, cool concept, sticks to the theme. A little confusing as to what crafts what though.

    This'll get a vote from me.

    Willywonka says ...
    May 1, 2011 @ 8:30pm

    Very nice :D Hard too ^^

    Magnus says ...
    May 1, 2011 @ 9:41pm

    Amazing game. I played through it 3 times because it was so fun. Also, 2 little bugs, if you care:
    http://img718.imageshack.us/f/552454.png/

    TomK32 says ...
    May 1, 2011 @ 10:00pm

    Tough game, I got quite far in my second run. It's getting really hard for my variant of the crafty salesman.

    Rolf says ...
    May 1, 2011 @ 10:59pm

    I love this! Wish I could equip heroes myself though. Mithrill weapons and armor!
    Also agree that it's damn hard :p

    Blodyavenger says ...
    May 2, 2011 @ 2:53am

    So addictive! :D

    Adramalech says ...
    May 2, 2011 @ 3:17am

    Nice game! I really liked the crafting part of it :D

    morganquirk says ...
    May 2, 2011 @ 1:08pm

    Super cool.

    Danik says ...
    May 2, 2011 @ 1:48pm

    Awesome! Really hard but much fun.

    jonbro says ...
    May 2, 2011 @ 1:50pm

    So good. This kept me up super late last night playing. Man it is brutally hard, but I think I might be able to get through it now that I am at work and have an external mouse.

    lingmops says ...
    May 2, 2011 @ 7:22pm

    That's very well executed. Hard, hard game!

    Pierrec says ...
    May 3, 2011 @ 10:54am

    Brillant! But did someone mention that it was very hard? I finally managed to crush the orc castle to 9HP, but that's the best I can do (for now). If you're interested, I wrote a fren review about Bonifaco's Bazaar. You'll find it here : http://oujevipo.fr/10-minutes/bonifacos-bazaar

    johanp says ...
    May 3, 2011 @ 12:01pm

    Thanks for all the kind words, and the review! I know it is hard, but it is beatable. :) Just like real life.

    randomnine says ...
    May 3, 2011 @ 8:58pm

    Holy crap this is hard! I got there in the end, though, on something like my 6th go. Great little game.

    - It'd be nice to know how many you have of each item at all times.
    - Possible improvement to the crafting interface: have the 5 resources in fixed positions in a line, so they don't move around even if you run out of one, and have the user toggle them on and off rather than adding them to another box and then clicking there to remove them. Likewise, make all the craftable items stay in the same places for every combination, even if some get disabled.

    Instead of always rejecting soldiers you can't supply, how about having the option of giving them an alternate, cheaper item that you have in stock at a very low profit or breakeven? eg. if they come in for a bronze knife, maybe they'd take a club for 4g instead.

    And please, please slow it down a bit for those of us who weren't playtesting it for 48 hours solid :p

    Winterblood says ...
    May 3, 2011 @ 10:55pm

    Really elegant concept. I did find it hard to tell how the crafting worked, sometimes I had the right items in the wrong quantities. It would be nice to see an icon of what the soldiers and merchants want to buy/sell over their heads so you can plan ahead a little.

    May 4, 2011 @ 12:47am

    Decent, as with other comments more tuning would make it more accessible, but I get it.

    Great job for 48 hours!

    SonnyBone says ...
    May 4, 2011 @ 8:49pm

    It took a while to 'get' it... but then it became REALLY FUN!

    I can see a polished version of this being VERY popular.

    GREAT JOB!

    May 4, 2011 @ 10:48pm

    Excellent stuff ! Too hard for me (until now at least), but really fun and addictive. Nice job!

    treeman says ...
    May 5, 2011 @ 10:02am

    Nicely done! Fine tuned and fun.

    Cosr says ...
    May 5, 2011 @ 10:41am

    Man, this game is unrelenting. It would be really nice to have a way to take inventory of what you have in stock.

    TellusE says ...
    May 5, 2011 @ 3:42pm

    Loved it. From the graphics, an almost medieval variant of cannon fodder, to the bargaining mechanics this is an extraordinary product for a mere 48 hours. Give it another 72 hours and you'll have an internet bug on your hands :)

    The few drawbacks would be - as have been mentioned - the inventory, and perhaps a few more hotkeys to improve the speed of both crafting and selling. It was a bit awkward to move the mouse cursor to the right half of the screen to craft and back to the left only to accept or refuse an offer. I know we're talking pixels of movement (literally :P), but this movement is constant almost throughout the game and becomes a bit tedious if you're just hectically crafting from a small combination to constantly sell.
    Another option would be introducing a view of all (or all recent) purchase interests, so you can plan just a few crafts ahead.

    But barring those few, unremarkable notes, this is a good concept, with an excellent execution.

    Yezu says ...
    May 5, 2011 @ 9:08pm

    Well done!

    erik says ...
    May 6, 2011 @ 3:47pm

    Great job. No one ever wanted to buy the armor from me, only the weapons. Perhaps this is a bug? Or maybe I missed something.

    May 9, 2011 @ 8:24pm

    Fun game, though I could never figure out how to make the mithril sword.

    Hectigo says ...
    May 9, 2011 @ 9:05pm

    Fun game, though maybe a bit too hard. Switching between modes felt like unnecessary micro-management, it would be better to just have deal / no deal buttons visible all the time on the sides of the screen and the crafting in the center. Inventory being visible would help. Also crafting could be streamlined, though finding recipes for things has some flair to it.

    natpat says ...
    May 9, 2011 @ 9:13pm

    Woah, best game I've rated so far. Very innovative, and fun... if only it wasn't too hard for me. :(

    Rikkard says ...
    May 11, 2011 @ 5:30pm

    Pretty awesome! Really difficult though. Everyone wanted X item, so I made a lot of X item, suddenly they want Y which I can't afford to make in bulk :(
    Still amazing.

    mwest says ...
    May 13, 2011 @ 9:24pm

    Wow - amazing game!!

    It's Nintendo hard or I just suck! Best I got was enemy castle down to 17...

    alexlarioza says ...
    May 15, 2011 @ 1:38am

    Very cool! Took me a bit to get used to the controls though.

    Endurion says ...
    May 15, 2011 @ 5:20am

    Really neat concept :)
    It's however quite tough, even when I start out well I get overrun very fast (usually since I don't know the crafting recipies). Solid entry!

    mjb67 says ...
    May 19, 2011 @ 11:37pm

    Needs feedback about what you have in stock, otherwise great. Oh yeah, needs some sort of score to say how well you did, let you know how far you got.

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