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When I attended GDC 2013 I spent most of my time at the Independent Game Developers Summit where I got to hear many successful indie developers talk about how their projects succeeded and how they've stayed in business through both success and failure. In this article I'll go over the tips I found most useful, and the ones I believe will help you be the best developer you can be. Design Tips Whenever possible, reuse existing elements, rather than creating new ones. Andy Hull
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Home Blog 29 Features to Build ANY Table Top Game I've looked through the games I've played, and some others floating around, and worked up a list of 29 features that ou need to support to build pretty much any tabletop game. The full overview is on YouTube , and the full list is after the embedded video for the impatient.
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[GameCareerGuide is happy to present another excerpt from David Perry on Game Design: A Brainstorming Toolbox . You may also be interested to read our our previous excerpts, on game scenarios and game worlds .] In this chapter, going to look at the things we do in various games, but this time with an eye toward the conventions and clichés that games have developed over the years. In this chapter we'll look at: Clichés Enemy Clichés Weapons Objects and the Environment NPC Clichés Martial Arts Clichés RPG Clichés FPS Clichés Action Adventure (Platformer) Clichés RTS Clichés Fighting Game Clichés Racing Game Clichés Simulation Game Clichés Puzzle Game Clichés MMO Clichés So yes, we do have game clichés. Like all entertainment media, games have developed some clichés -- situations and actions that are recognizable or that lead to predictable results and other predictable stereotypes.
There is no truer test of the combat designer than a boss, because they, more than any other cast member, thread those tightest of needles: challenge vs frustration. Your task is difficult, and, unfortunately, this topic of boss design expands far beyond one simple article. I wish I had a simple solution for you. Every boss is different, though, which means there can be no magic formula.
At GDC, there was a Game Design Challenge (I’ve participated in one of these, in the distant past!).
If perfect balance is accurately represented by the Taoist notion of Yin and Yang (ignoring three-faction design, Rock-Paper-Scissors and pretty much any class or skill based system)… It seems to me that most games wind up with a balance more reminiscent of Pablo Picasso’s Guernica , complete with an overabundance of Yang, as Longasc so rightly noted… Next time, more pictures, Street Fighter, Druids and *gasp*…
Continued from Part 1 , of course… The left and right sides of this diagram are balanced.
Balance Part 1: Tao of Picasso
Balance, Part 1: Tao of Picasso
Time is an interesting thing in games. At a very basic level, you usually have the power to pause a game.
Game design principles are often incorporated into social media ( gamification ). The reason is that games are downright addictive. Game-like features can increase user engagement — encouraging desired behaviour from customers, partners and employees.