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This year I have coded and launched a small app (available on Google Play Store and as a PWA), where you can generate an avatar (looking like a square bot), and give it a name, a rarity/probability and a class. The name is BOTS.
How it Started
I am not looking to keep the Google Play Store app any more, so I will turn this into a website (also PWA-ready), with full membership capabilities, user ranks, badges, points, profiles and more.
The logic behind the main Bot generation is based on random settings, while some of them are linked. There are custom eyes, custom textures, custom colours, random elements and items, random names, random classes and random rarities.
Currently, BOTS v2 is in Beta phase, and it will be live soon. I’m still deciding on a domain name and a theme colour. I’ll probably go with a light theme and get some user feedback.
I’m also looking at implementing a Patreon-style donation system for additional textures and Bot loot. Until then, stay tuned and keep an eye on this blog for more updates.
This is how BOTS started. We moved all the code into a Canvas element and started building everything in there, with zero HTML or CSS. BOTS evolved, and we got around 10 different parameters to play with and randomize their values. As my son wanted to be able to play with these parameters, I exposed them all as HTML checkboxes and
Fast-forward a few weeks, I had a fully working PWA and a native Google Play app on my phone. As the “requirements” evolved, I needed to save the generated Bots in a small database. So, as I was saying in my previous article, I switched from PouchDB to SQLite3 to SleekDB and then back to PouchDB. When the number of Bots grew from a few to a few hundreds, I decided to go with a proper PHP/MySQL implementation and a membership system.
Fast-forward this week, I have a fully working website with a membership system and a dynamic Bot generation system. There are badges, texture packs, and upcoming trading and collection features.
One of the features under heavy development is a parameter-based generation system with lots of variables. And I mean lots.
So, finally, here it is, the BOTS website – https://ironcarnival.com/.
BOTS: Mischievous Pixel Avatars
They are on a mission to conquer and change everything around them. Some of them are common bots, some of them are pretty rare and some are unique.
Should I tell you about the magical ones?…
Each bot has a story, a legend, a myth, a purpose.
Collect bots, trade bots and discover their secrets.