POINT BLANK FLANK, abbreviated ._FLANK/>, is a text-based adventure game developed under Colivien. Intended as a testing ground, <._FLANK/> is being used to prototype different gameplay mechanics to see what does and doesn’t work well in a command-line environment.
The game has four main characters, three of which are playable. The fourth is intended for testing leadership AI that can command and control a team of characters, including the player.
The cast spans the three races of My Little Pony fame: unicorn, pegasus and earth pony. Each of the playable characters represents a different race, while the leader is a unicorn.
Each character packs a unique load, tailored to suit their race’s strengths and weaknesses. Weapons and other gear designs are derived from the Equestrian Firearms Concept (EFC), which I’ve stored in a public Dropbox folder, available below. At its basest, this means that each character has weapons and armor that I designed from the ground up to fit how each race might develop firearms if gunpowder were created. Rather than a unicorn toting a weapon that humans are familiar with, like an AK47 or Glock, the weapons have every consideration made to seem usable and realistically designed for each race.
<._FLANK/> plays out in an underground compound in which the four main characters have been trapped in by a horde of monsters outside. The team must find an exit from the underground complex before the horrors looming in the dark find them. The story of <._FLANK/> is a fictional piece of horror fiction, written in the year 203 PTS (An annotation denoting the 203rd year of Princess Twilight Sparkle’s rule. See EFC for more information) by Abstract Shudder, an obscure author of the time. The tale and characters are his contrivance and the game loosely follows the plotline he set forth in his novel. The player’s experience is meant to represent the telling of the tale.
Equestrian Firearms Concept
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