Lots of work on rendering tonight. I made a renderer for the current hand, which can display cards, empty spaces where cards used to be (before they were played), and locked card slots which can be unlocked by character upgrade (not yet implemented!). Deck building and actually playing the cards will come later. I want to have a solid framework for displaying card info to players before I add too much content.


Also, who doesn’t love a good death screen? Hopefully by revealing the map to players when they die, they will think about alternative choices they could have made which might have lead to them living a little longer. It could also tease at some undiscovered content!

Here’s a screenshot from the terminal version of the game showing off the death screen and card display. There is a reduced colour palette, but I think it looks fine.


Last year I ran into a problem with the terminal version where dark colours would just come out as black in the terminal, since rgb24 channel values below ~60 get rounded to 0 if you linearly map them to terminal colours. This year I added an escape hatch to the ansi terminal prototty frontend. You can specify a custom colour conversion function, which I used here to brighten all the colours.


  • The game logic defines cards with descriptions, and the text wrapping of description text only needs to be computed once at the start. Currently, the text wrapping logic lives in prototty-common, so either the game needs to depend on prototty-common, text wrapping must be done each frame (in the prototty level of the engine), or the prototty level needs to cache the wrapped text and keep the cache in sync. I’m going for the middle option now, but ideally the text wrapping would live in a standalone library which the game could depend on, without needing to depend on the rest of prototty.
  • The rich text rendering in prototty has an inconsistent interface. Also, the game wants to define rich text descriptions without needing to depend on all of prototty. Also, rich text is currently defined with Vec instead of slices, which means it’s difficult to avoid allocating a fresh Vec on each frame, or maintaining a cache of Vecs int the prototty layer.
  • A view in prototty-common which renders a coloured rectangle.
  • I often depend on grid_2d and then only use the coord_system module it defines, and usually just to get the XThenYIter for iterating over a rectangle of coordinates. This suggests that coord_system should probably be its own crate.