Election time is around the corner, and we wanted to raise awareness about voting and voting early. This is a glimpse into the story and thoughts of crucial swing voter in the 2020 elections — Hurricane Maria refugees.
What it does
This game story walks us through the story of Angel, a Hurricane Maria refugee and a critical swing voter in Florida for the 2020 election. Angel wants to be heard in this upcoming election, and makes decision points along the way, including whether to mail in the ballot or vote in person, and more(!).
How we built it
We used Godot Engine and coded in gdscript.
Challenges we ran into
We started off deciding to use Godot Engine because of a teammate's famliarity with Unity (which is very similar).
While none of us had any experience with Godot or writing in C and Gdscript, we were up for learning. We also started out with a crew of 3, then onboarded a new member for a total of 4 members. But the initial member who was gung ho with Godot Engine didn't end up showing up after the initial brainstorming, and another team member dropped out in the last few hours, so we were down to two.
We also had a team member who would've been perfect to take on the storytelling role based on experience with coding, except that this person is an international student who isn't as aware of US politics to be able to tell the story.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We learned some of the in's and out's of a popular free game engine having had no experience. Most of us are also first-time hackathoners!
What I learned
We had a lot of ideas to add to the game and kept focusing on creating the MVP. By focusing on the MVP, we were able to continue paring down our idea to the basics of what we were able to accomplish.
What's next for Election Rush
Creating the basics