Where to begin, Where to start?

    Where to begin? I have coded games in the past using engines. From drag and drop to GML (game maker language). I dabbled in python and java. I even have made small websites. I was not much involved in theses heavily until I had come across the game Grey Hack. This hacking sim had coding in a language most call GreyScript.

    I got engrossed with GreyScript; I thought I knew everything about it until someone had mention that it was a fork from another language. I inquired and found out it was derived from a simple, easy to learn language called MiniScript. After messing with Mini Micro for the first time I fell in love with the language.

    The simplicity of this language out weighs the learning curve for others. If you didn't know how to code, or know where to start learning some basic coding practices or logic theories or methods; MiniScript has an entire wiki and a wonderful community that is there to help support and provide feedback. Many users of MiniScript had come up with wonderful ideas and projects. They have shared these amongst each other, either on itch.io, forums, or any place that is accepting of their games. Language is clean and most everything has a page within the MiniScript Wiki. Even my own kids love the language.

    The community involved in MiniScript also performs several events throughout the year for good fun and practice. When I am not coding in Java, Python, or any other language; I tend to find myself locked in coding away in Mini Micro.

    Myself, I have several projects in MiniScript language. Each worked on based on mood and priority:

  1. Conquest RPG
  2. Autonomous World
  3. OS (within Mini Micro)      
    The above projects are all done using MiniScript. Below gifs/code (ignore the mouse) is what Mini Micro/MiniScript is capable of and is a current project number 2 on the list. 

     below code was used to achieve this:


    Main Code:


import "mini_peeps"

globals["mini_peeps"] = mini_peeps.mini_peeps

x_cords = range(0, (gfx.width - 10))
y_cords = range(0, (gfx.height - 10))

max_entities = 200

entities = []
items = []
storages = {}

berry_bush = {}
berry_bush.type = "food"
berry_bush.symbol = "#"
berry_bush.COLOR = color.blue
berry_bush.x = 0
berry_bush.y = 0
berry_bush.nutrients = 25

create_mini = function(count)
    for i in range(0, count -1)
        mini_me = new mini_peeps
        mini_me.gen_cords x_cords, y_cords
        mini_me.to_do = []
        globals.entities.push mini_me
    end for
end function

create_mini 3

update = function
    for entity in entities
    end for
end function

//begin sim
while true
    for entity in entities
        entity.brain x_cords, y_cords
    end for
end while

Code that was imported in:

mini_peeps = {}
mini_peeps.x = 0
mini_peeps.y = 0
mini_peeps.symbol = "@"
mini_peeps.COLOR = color.fuchsia
mini_peeps.gender = ""
mini_peeps.rest = 0
mini_peeps.to_do = null
mini_peeps.max_hunger = 100
mini_peeps.hunger = 0
mini_peeps.dominate_hand = ""
mini_peeps.hands = {"left":[], "right":[]}

mini_peeps.draw = function
    gfx.print self.symbol, self.x, self.y, self.COLOR
end function

mini_peeps.gen_gender = function
    genders = ["male", "female"]
    self.gender = genders[ceil(rnd * genders.len -1)]
end function

mini_peeps.gen_dominateHand = function
    dominate_hands = ["left", "right"]

    self.dominate_hand = dominate_hands[ceil(rnd * dominate_hands.len -1)]
end function

mini_peeps.gen_cords = function(xcords, ycords)
    self.x = xcords[ceil(rnd * xcords.len -1)]
    self.y = ycords[ceil(rnd * ycords.len -1)]
end function

mini_peeps.action = function
    for item in self.to_do
        if item.type == "move" then
            if self.x < item.x and self.x != item.x then self.x = self.x + 1
            if self.x > item.x and self.x != item.x then self.x = self.x - 1
            if self.y < item.y and self.y != item.y then self.y = self.y + 1
            if self.y > item.y and self.y != item.y then self.y = self.y - 1
            if self.x == item.x and self.y == item.y then self.to_do.remove __item_idx
        end if
    end for
end function

mini_peeps.brain = function(xcords, ycords)
    dice = 0
    actions = ["move"]
    targetable = ["food"]
    if self.to_do.len != 0 then
    end if
    if self.rest != 0 then
        self.rest = self.rest - 1
    end if
    dice = ceil(rnd * 8)
    if dice == 4 then self.x = self.x + 1
    if dice == 5 then self.x = self.x - 1
    if dice == 6 then self.y = self.y + 1
    if dice == 3 then self.y = self.y - 1
    if dice == 7 then self.rest = ceil(rnd * 200)
    if dice == 8 or dice == 2 or dice == 1 then
        action = {}
        action.type = ""
        action.x = 0
        action.y = 0
        action.target = ""
        local_action = new action
        local_action.type = actions[ceil(rnd * actions.len -1)]
        if local_action.type == "move" then
            local_action.x = xcords[ceil(rnd * xcords.len - 1)]
            local_action.y = ycords[ceil(rnd * ycords.len -1)]
        end if
        self.to_do.push local_action
    end if

end function 

    I do plan on sharing more of thoughts and experiences with miniscript. I have ran into oops moments, doh moments. But everyone has been there and everyone has hit that "writers block" while coding. MiniScript coding looks imtimidating at first, but once you dive into it, it is super fun and super easy to try out, play around in and learn from it. I will say this language has gotten me to to be fully involved with other languages such as Python and Java, and it has made learning them and understanding them in a better perspective. All done by just practicing and learning in MiniScript. Will see you guys again soon!

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