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Old June 17, 2018, 03:08   #1
Shaosil
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Making Sil 1.3 for Android

Hi folks,

Just FYI, I'm not exactly "new" per se to roguelikes (I've spent some time in this, Nethack, FTL, etc), but I'm by no means good at them. For example, I haven't really got past the 5th depth of any dungeon roguelike that I know of

However, I do like access to them, namely on my android phone so I can pull it up and play anytime. As some of you may know, Sil 1.1.1 can be currently played on Android via the app "Angband Variants" and setting the plugin to Sil. But of course, it bugs me to play on a version other than the latest and greatest, so, being a software developer myself, I started looking into ways to get Sil 1.3 compiled.

The BAD news is that I've never even looked at Android development before, and right off the bat I can see the development process is much different than what I'm used to, and I know for sure I'm going to overlook something.

The GOOD news is that I already have a compiled and mostly working version of Sil 1.3 on my phone. There are some bugs, like savefiles don't seem to be loading properly, and other minor things I want to fix before I "release" it. I downloaded the source code for Angdroid from the Google code repository and just plugged Sil's latest source into it when I figured out how the build worked. If you're interested in the extra nerdy info, I'm using Visual Studio (I know I know, not the usual IDE) and an android Native Activity project since the source is in C, but I also need the Java files from the repository.

I have no idea how to release anything on Google Play, though I imagine it can't be too difficult, and I imagine there must be some type of licensing info I have to include. Obviously I would release it for free as well, according to the license.

I don't really have a point to this post other than bringing awareness to my little project, and welcoming any tips or suggestions given my situation. I usually never finish personal projects, but this is something I've been wanting to do for a long time, and since I'm this close already, I can't imagine that I will completely abandon it.

Thoughts? Does anyone other than me actually want this?

Edit: It's live, download it from the Play Store here!

Last edited by Shaosil; July 14, 2018 at 04:25.
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