Prototyping the ArchStone Game

As we’ve just prototyped ArchStone, I will be just explaining the gameplay. So ArchStone is a Craps and Roulette like dice & betting game designed for mobile platforms. It can be played as single-player, against an AI or even against other players. A game takes few turns before it’s completed.

Step 1 – ArchStone Betting

In this step, every player in the game starts betting to ArchStones – which are the brown stones in exterior. Bets assigned to ArchStones will be kept through the game until that stone is hit or broken.

Within this step, every player can make more than one ArchStone bets – though it’s limited by table rules (ie, a table with max 5 archstone bet’s).

Step 2 – Inner Stone Bets

When every player in the game finishes ArchStone bets, next step will be betting inner stones (actually inner stone betting is repeated in the start of every turn). Inner Stones are the stones you see in yellow above. So basically, ArchStone bet’s are done once per game in the very first start where as Inner Stone bets are repeated in the start of every turn.

Step 3 – Rolling the dice

Once all players are done with Inner Stone betting in every round, 3 dice’s will rolled onto table. Depending on the total value, type and colors of the dices rolled, stones will be highlighted and bet profits will be calculated for each player.

Step 4 – New Round

Next in the line, new round will start and players will be re-betting in Inner Stones. This is a keypoint where I would like to explain an important concept of the game. So as you can see from above screenshot, in last round an arch-stone was hit & broken and now it’s visualized with an arrow;

  • Whenever dice rolls hit a ArchStone within the game, the stone will be first paying bet’s over it and will get broken.
  • Within the next rounds, if same ArchStone is hit again, as it’s already broken – it’ll be skipped to next (or previous one) in the arrow’s direction and that neighbor ArchStone will get broken which will not pay the bet’s over it.

So the game will continue like this until the game collapses (with an average of 7 or 8 turns per game).

Step 5 – Table Collapse

Whenever either of ArchStones 3 or 18 (base stones) — or 10 and 11 (keystones) together gets broken, the game (table) will collapse ending the game. The players will be then getting their money or paying their debts to vault. You can see above a collapsed table as base stone 3 was broken.

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