Inspiration

  • Life-long admiration of Astronomy.
  • Enjoy teaching tech./science-related topics.

What it does

  • Alexa Skill presenting space-themed facts in the form of missions that ask the player various questions.
  • Pre-mission "info. session" gives user hints about upcoming questions.
  • Basic score-keeping based on completion of tasks.

How I built it

  • .NET Core 2.0
  • Custom library for building Alexa skills.

Challenges I ran into

  • Trying to build fluid transitions between each part of a mission when dealing with Alexa Skill's template of having one endpoint for all requests.
    • Combining output of multiple steps in a mission within one response.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

  • An almost fully-featured library/middleware for building Alexa skills.
  • Recording lots of personal vocals/music.
  • Utilizing Alexa Skill cards to progressively enhance the skill.

What I learned

  • Building a library and skill/game from scratch within a short time-frame requires trade-offs.
    • Could not build as many missions up-front.
  • Having complex logic flow through one-endpoint is very complicated. Not having a cookie-cutter pattern to the logic within the app. does not help either.

What's next for Space Game

  • Build more depth into each mission. This mainly includes more tasks. Having more tasks will allow for randomization.
  • Add support for Echo Buttons once API is available.
  • Possibly re-do some of the audio.

Built With

  • .net-core
  • marten
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