This is to share my solution for ex52. I have made a couple things to solve what has been asked, advised, prescribed by Zed. Not all of them though.
I think my ‘xml’ description file is in the center piece of my solution.
This is a multi-game solution. You can define as many games as you like by adding its story to the xml as a new game. You have the follow the same pattern I used for the Gothon game. There are a few constrains like this should be similar to Zed’s original game with rooms and paths between them. There are hints, the games are saved, users could login and out, continue their original games etc.
I have added an admin who can recreate the initial data, check users or have a sneak peak of randomly generated values for laser weapon armory or escape pod.
Heroku gave me some grief. Cookies don’t work as I expected. It runs perfectly locally but when running on heroku it looks as cookie info is just not always going through. If I keep pressing ‘Refresh’ it eventually kicks in. No idea why. I would love to hear your opinion or feedback on my code.
Please find the code here: