Taking over the Gr1d

Ok, so it seems that I have a short attention span and am easily distracted by the next ‘shiny thing’.  The current ‘shiny thing’ with my attention is Gr1d – an RPG for Programmers.  I’m really, really enjoying it.

The concept is that you code some Agents based on a chosen predefined class and these Agents run around the Gr1d claiming nodes.  The more nodes you claim, the more experience you earn and you level up allowing you to use more class skills and deploy more Agent bots at the same time.  You will encounter other Agents on your travels which you can either attack or flee from, depending on how you’ve coded them.

So far I’m a lowly Agent with extremely simple logic, basically crawling around the Gr1d collecting nodes and fleeing as fast as possible from any danger – it’s great fun!

The software is still a little buggy with the Ticks (a timer concept) regularly getting stuck and some people’s poor code bringing the system down, but with each revision the creator ‘root’ improves all of these things.

I’m also hoping to use this little game to learn F#.  So far I have coded my really stupid Agents in F# but have hit a hurdle in that the servers do not have F# installed, yet.  We shall see what happens when I pit my C# and F# Agents against each other 🙂

Give Gr1d a go, it’s great fun and an awesome tool for learning programming or .Net if you’re new to these concepts – there’s nothing quite like a game for making learning fun!


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