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Solve world hunger.



FoodForce2

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FoodForce 2 has been designed to educate and motivate people to solve world hunger. Since the laptop reaches out to the developing and third-world countries, it also educates children and teachers in a village on how to acheive self sustenance in a fun and non-intrusive way. It also provides awareness about the work WFP has been doing for the past many decades to abate the problem of world hunger.

Since an XO has limited computing power, the game has a relatively smaller footprint as compared to the first version of FoodForce and is aimed at both XOs and Windows.


Building Blocks

The basic building blocks of the game are:

  1. Resources
  2. Facilities
  3. Indicators


Resources

  • Resources are required to setup facilities and are also consumed constantly by the people of the village.
  • Resources can be traded in the market
  • The price of each resource is dependent on the market forces
  • The different resources present are:
    • Building Material
    • Tools
    • Medicine
    • Books
    • Water
    • Food : It is further divided into
      • Rice
      • Wheat
      • Beans
      • Sugar
      • Salt
      • Oils


Facilities

  • Facilities are installations which serve the villagers.
  • Resources are required for building facilities.
  • Once the facilities have been built they consume certain resources for their functioning and also produce some the resources.
  • Facilities can also be upgraded once they have been built.
FoodForce2 Construction of workshop in progress
  • The different facilities present are:
    • House
    • Hospital
    • School
    • Workshop
    • Farm
    • Fountain


Indicators

  • Indicators are a measure of the development of the village.
  • The value of indicators depend on the number of facilities and their level.
  • Indicators also depend on the manpower distribution of the village.
  • The different indicators present are:
    • Housing
    • Health
    • Nutrition
    • Education
    • Training


Game-play

The aim of the player is to make a village self-sustenant in terms of nutrition, housing, health, education and training by consistent production and trading of resources with the help of necessary infrastructure. There are three major aspects of the game:

  1. Construction
  2. Upgrading
  3. Trading


Construction of Facilities

FoodForce2 Setup Window
  • Some of the facilities like houses and hospitals are already built at the start of the game.
  • Constructing new facilities such as houses, schools, workshops, farms and wells requires some resources.
  • Once the facilities have been built they start producing appropriate resources and also increase the indicators.
  • Facilities also affect the manpower distribution of the village by providing employment.
  • Facilities also consume resources for functioning, e.g Hospitals consume medicines.
  • If the village doesn't have enough resources to run a facility the facility is temporarily stopped.
    • The functioning of the facility resumes when there are enough resources with the village to run it again


Upgrading Facilities

Houses after upgradation
  • Once a facility has been built it can be upgraded to produce more resources.
  • Upgrading of facilities uses some of the resources of the village, mainly building material and tools.
  • Various upgrades like brick and mortar, functional upgrades and electricity are provided for each facility.
  • Every upgrade costs resources, but an upgraded facility will be more efficient and effective.
  • Upgrading a facility also increases the value of the indicators


Trading of Resources

FoodForce2 Market in the village
  • The final cornerstone of play is trading which is crucial to a village's success.
  • For trading, every village is provided with a market, which is visited by traders from neighboring villages for trade.
  • The price of the resources is determined by market forces.
  • A village cannot effectively grow without a smart trader, timely trades can give your village a leg-up and help it attain prosperity over time.


Implementation

The game has been implemented in Pygame using an MVC (model-view-controller) model.

The model file acts as the file which maintains the records for resources, facilities and indicators. It also maintains the record of manpower distribution.

The controller file acts as a midway between the view and the model, the controller takes the input from the user and makes appropriate changes in the model, and corresponding changes are reflected in the view.

The view file acts as the user interface all, the changes made by the controller are reflected in the view.

The files corres ponding to model, view and controller are:

  • Model : model.py
  • View : Foodforce2.py
  • Controller : threades.py


Features

  1. The game has been designed in Python and Pygame and is very portable and can be run on different operating systems such as Windows, Linux and Mac.
  2. The game has a very small footprint and is thus easily deployed on an XO.
  3. The code base has been made efficient and speedy to deliver the best performance to the user.
  4. Extensible Design which allows easy modifications and extensions over the current game structure with total independence of Model, View and Controller.


Code Base and Status Updates

Pre-Alpha version of the game has been released. Please check the download section at : http://code.google.com/p/foodforce/downloads/list.

Relevant Files :

  1. FoodForce.xo : For installing on olpc. Copy the file in Activities folder and unzip.
  2. FoodForce for windows.zip : For installing in Windows. Unzip and run Foodforce2.exe to play the game.
  3. src.zip : To view the source files.

Credits

  1. Developer : Mohit Taneja(mohitgenii AT gmail DOT com)
  2. Co-Developer : Peeyush Kumar(peeyush.hsuyeep AT gmail DOT com)
  3. Project Manager : Deepank Gupta (deepankgupta AT gmail DOT com)
  4. OLPC Project Co-ordinator : Manusheel Gupta
  5. Artwork Lead : Silke Buhr
  6. Artwork : WFP Artists from Italy
  7. Contributors: Atul Aggarwal

Activity Summary

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URL from which to download the last .xo bundle that works with old releases Activity bundle::http://code.google.com/p/foodforce/downloads/list
Activity version number: Activity version::0.4
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Development status: Devel status::2. Pre-Alpha