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Introducing "Iron Armada", a standalone Shiprekt clone made in Java/Kotlin (PROGRAMMERS WANTED)

Discussion in 'Other games' started by Chrispin, Apr 21, 2017 at 4:11 AM.

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  1. Chrispin

    Chrispin KAG Guard Tester

    Hey guys, I would like to present to you one of the latest projects I have been involved with, Iron Armada!


    What is Iron Armada?
    Iron Armada is a multiplayer, team-based, multi-crew, ship-to-ship action game.

    Harvest resources while defending your team's mothership. Construct frigates, fighters, and stations to fight against hostile forces. Play as a key part of your team, board enemy cruisers, kill their crew, and commandeer enemy craft. Wage all out war until your faction emerges victorious. With multiple ways to play, no two rounds are ever the same.

    In other words.... it's Shiprekt, except in space!

    But enough of that, let's skip to some gameplay:

    Have I caught your attention? I hope so, it's been in development for almost a year now by our small LLC, "Drakeling Labs". We've been making some great progress over the months, and while the game is a blast to play in its current state with 32+ player battles, we need your help to grow the game even larger!

    Our team currently consists of some excellent talent:
    • Lucas Melo - our amazing pixel artist (see some of his artwork work for our game below)
    • Osmal - our excellent sound designer and new recruit (a sample of weapon sounds can be heard below)

    We also have several programmers versed in Java, including Mushrooms, Cubba, Simon, and myself. However, due some complications, whether it be real-life events, motivation issues, or unmet skill requirement, we have been unable to progress as quickly as we would like to.

    That's why we are currently outreaching for new recruits. If you have a decent understanding of Java/Kotlin, or even a willingness to learn and transfer your knowledge from other languages, then we want YOU! Throw me a PM or post on this thread that you're interested in helping out and we can get underway.

    We have an immediate list of features we would like to implement now, including:
    • finding and importing a good sound library/engine
    • setting up a particles system (we have a very basic one right now)
    • getting effects to trigger over network events
    • a number of small quality-of-life tasks
    If you are up to the task, you can expect some reasonable pay as well!

    The main library we are using to develop this game is libGDX, and we are programming in both Java and Kotlin.

    For those interested, we are currently in an open alpha. You can actually download the latest public client and hop into the server right now! Just visit our Discord, maybe say hello to our community, and then check out the pinned messages for download information:

    For more information, visit our official Steam store page here:

    ... or our Steam Greenlight page:
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2017 at 4:10 AM
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  2. Geti

    Geti Please avoid PMing me (poke a mod instead) THD Team Administrator Global Moderator

    Oh nice, congrats! Glad it's getting "proper game" treatment as it's a very fun idea, I think.

    Will link it on twitter and whatever. Wish I had time to help you guys out but I'm stretched pretty thin between contract work and THD stuff at the moment! Best of luck with it!

    E: looks like it's already greenlit? Good stuff
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2017 at 6:12 AM
  3. AgentHightower

    AgentHightower Catapult Fodder
    1. Aphelion's Roleplay

    Amazing!, I will be very excited to play this game when it releases, Great luck to you guys on the game!
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  4. FoxyLady

    FoxyLady Base Burner

    Wow very nice. I wish you luck with your game. I've been watching videos on it and it seems really nice for what it has to offer so far.::D:
  5. Chrispin

    Chrispin KAG Guard Tester

    Thank you guys, the support from the community is what keeps us motivated! Especially coming directly from players that helped to keep Shiprekt alive and fun. Thanks for the mention Geti. I hope we'll do a good job of passing on a great legacy
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  6. eps0003

    eps0003 Horde Gibber
    1. Team TOXIC
    2. Oceania Open Betting

    I'm waiting for someone to make a shiprekt texture pack for this game or vice versa. I doubt it would work though. ::D:
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  7. king-george

    king-george Base Burner Staff Alumni Tester
    1. [Server] Sandbox Reborn
    2. - CSFC - Cave Story Fan Club

    Really cool stuff! I'll consider buying it :thumbs_up:
  8. I'm interested in working on it (also I'm on the discord too) can you shoot me a DM so we can talk some details?
  9. AvadaKedav

    AvadaKedav Shipwright Official Server Admin Donator

    Looks awesome :)
  10. Magmus

    Magmus Shipwright
    1. - CSFC - Cave Story Fan Club

    Looks really good,, Nice work everyone :smug:

    will kag players get a free copy?
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  11. eps0003

    eps0003 Horde Gibber
    1. Team TOXIC
    2. Oceania Open Betting

    The closest you'll get is just the Shiprekt mod ::D:
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  12. BarsukEughen555

    BarsukEughen555 Horde Gibber
    1. Aphelion's Laser Wars

    do u accept betatesters with crappy pc's? C:
    Magmus likes this.
  13. platy1knight

    platy1knight Horde Gibber

    Nice , the only thing bugging me is the awkward cursor and player movment
    asger75 likes this.
  14. Shadap and take my money!:gold::gold_mat::gold_bullion::gold_b:
  15. Bluedrake42

    Bluedrake42 Catapult Fodder

    Wow thanks so much for all the support guys =) I had to setup my email just to login to these forums xD
    feel free to join our Discord =) and we'd love to brainstorm ideas for the game with the KAG community <3
    our roots are here, so we enjoy bringing in all the creative ideas from the Shiprekt community =)
    oh also we're the ones who have been hosting the "Last Shiprekt Server" server =P
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  16. Chrispin

    Chrispin KAG Guard Tester

    Both ways are actually perfectly possible to do, it'll just be a massive mismatch in sprite resolution. Compare Shiprekt's 8x8 pixel block artwork vs Iron Armada's HD 4k ultra deluxe 32x32 pixel blocks haha. Then there's the task of turning the space background into a deep beautiful bodacious solid flat matt-blue background with little animated waves
    Yea we're still working on it. Haven't quite gotten to the point where we feel comfortable doing small tweaks, but the "lag-cursor" is something that we hope to remove with client predictive networking
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