[rfk-dev] robotfindskitten - web version

Lajcik lighteater at gmail.com
Tue Mar 24 09:18:06 PDT 2009


Well, i was mostly tossing ideas around, the one thing im bent on the most
is making a online version that would give people a possibility of
submitting nki, since this is where imho lies the heart and biggest fun of
rfk. With time it could lead to for example making themes for rfk, like
"help robotfindkitten in middleearth" and whatnot. But again, im tossing
wild ideas here. On the other hand - theres already a nethack nki file on
Leonard's site.

What im generally aiming for is a rfk that you can load up when you have
those few spare minutes at work or anywhere, enjoy for a while and also help
it evovle in some way. So i guess i can see how this could become more of a
community site, tho i wasnt really thinking along those lines.

The idea was mainly born because the only web version 'running online' that
i found is located http://robotfindskitten.net/ and its running the flash
version found in your repository. So if there were other versions they have
since disappeared into the darkest depths of the internet.

As for the control/integration matter - i think it would be really nice if
it was integrated into the rfk site like you mentioned. On the other hand,
making it an independent project would allow me more flexibility and
tinkering when something comes to mind... So that would be a 'undecided' on
my part, tho for now ill go independent - i have to develop it somewhere :).
However im open for discussion on this.

Thanks for your reply,

On Tue, Mar 24, 2009 at 3:26 PM, Peter A. H. Peterson <pedro at tastytronic.net
> wrote:

> Hi Michal,
> I think the best thing for you to do would be to contact Leonard
> Richardson (leonardr at crummy.com) and subscribe to the rfk-dev list and
> explain your idea there. robotfindskitten is not *my* baby -- Leonard
> created it. I *am* responsible for the website and in some sense for
> generally wrangling the community... but we're a pretty loose
> organization.
> For the record, there have been some other web versions which used
> many of the elements of rfk that you're mentioning, so I don't really
> think it will be a permissions problem, providing that appropriate
> credit, etc., is given. I guess the difference is in scope; it sounds
> like what you're hoping to build is something like a play-online rfk
> community website (including nki submission, voting, etc.) as opposed
> to the current rfk site, which is mostly a development archive. Is
> this correct?
> If so, is this a project you want independent control over, or is this
> something that you'd be happy to have integrated into the existing
> robotfindskitten website? I can imagine that it would be good for the
> robotfindskitten community, etc. to have a single, central rfk scene.
> That said, I'm not even sure that the rfk crew (including myself)
> would want that as part of the official site -- I'm just thinking out
> loud.
> In any case, thank you for your interest in robotfindskitten... it's
> great, isn't it? Let me know what you're thinking as you proceed with
> this.
> Thanks,
> Peter
> Quoting Lajcik:
> >    Hi,
> >
> >    I recently discovered rfk and was immediately charmed by it :) Theres
> >    something relaxing in searching for a kitten in a world full of
> curious
> >    objects.
> >
> >    It left me inspired to create a web version of rfk using latest
> javascript
> >    magic, i even started some work already, but I would still like to
> hear
> >    your opinion and permission. I understand that rfk is gpl, but id
> still
> >    feel better if i got your 'ok' since its your child. Id like to keep
> the
> >    web version close to the theme of original rfk and your website. Which
> >    ultimately means id like to use the afterword, the logo, etc... which
> >    again ultimately means id like it too look very much like rfk site :)
> >    (more or less, the layout part is still mostly in my head)
> >
> >    The main idea is to have rfk fully playable in a web browser, keeping
> the
> >    original feel of rfk (black background, ascii items, navigation using
> >    arrow keys, ascii website etc) and enhancing the concept with some
> >    features. For example letting users submit new "Non Kitty Items" via
> web
> >    interface (which would be later accepted/rejected by hand and maybe by
> >    bash-style voting in unforseen future), and including counters like
> >    "robotfoundkitten x times today". maybe a mobile browser version if
> people
> >    like it... etc. Its something that has a lot of space to expand upon
> while
> >    still keeping it simple and zen.
> >
> >    Let me know if youre ok with it.
> >
> >    i can mail you when robot is ready to seek kittens, i mean when ive
> got
> >    something to show, which hopefully will be before christmas :)
> >
> >    Cheers,
> >    Michal
> --
> Peter A. H. Peterson, technician and musician.
>  ---=[ http://tastytronic.net/~pedro/ <http://tastytronic.net/%7Epedro/>]=---
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