[project1dev] Re: game narrative structure

  • From: Matthew Freeland <mattthefiend@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: project1dev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 16 May 2009 22:57:57 -0700

There has to be some mystical guitar to rule the zombies with, so it can be
like Guitar hero, only turn based combat RPG. Bwahahaa!!

On Sat, May 16, 2009 at 10:55 PM, <figarus@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I will keep some of your ideas in mind... Definitely working the zombrero
> storyline in... :P
> Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile
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> *From*: Matthew Freeland
> *Date*: Sat, 16 May 2009 22:39:43 -0700
> *To*: <project1dev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> *Subject*: [project1dev] Re: game narrative structure
> Sounds fun to me.
> Kinda curious as to how we should set up the entire world though... I'll
> just roll with some simple questions to determine where we start and how to
> arrange regions. You guys are free to give input at any time.
> The character, who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? Why am I going
> there? (Where's buttercup?)
> Let's say we're... a reservist soldier, male or female. Approximately 21 or
> 22. Old enough to drink beer but not so young that your hair defies gravity
> and you have a profoundly emo attitude like in a jRPG. You're in your home
> country because you ARE. In a medium sized town big enough to have the
> medieval equivalent of a Wal*Mart so there is plenty of stuff to do around
> town to get familier with the concept of quest starting/execution. You
> fiddle around in town for a long time doing quests, taking time to learn all
> the basics of combat getting some levels and adapting to the game as a
> whole. Some scary cave monster tried to jack your Zombrero and you're not
> pleased about it and you decide for some unknown reason to track down the
> scary cave monsters family to exact further vengeance upon them. Now you're
> leaving region one which will still be accessible to you if you want to go
> back (Preferably through a map screen, no need to fight through bunches of
> weaker monsters to get back to earlier places).
> You're in region 2 now. The story shifts from the learning mode into a very
> mild challange as you progress and start to get slightly more difficult
> monsters floating around. You quest along in the primary population center
> of Region 2 and discover the whereabouts of the super scary cave monsters
> super scary cave monster parents... either by questing and gathering
> information or Deux ex Machina if you've played through the game already.
> You hunt down the cave monster and beat the living crap out of it. While in
> the cave and beating up the cave monster, a minor earthquake forces you to
> flee a different direction than where you came in, as a path opens up during
> the earthquake. You go through the path to find a pretty little isolated
> grove in the mountains full of interesting and wonderful creatures and find
> a house where some silly hermit person lives. Blah Blah Blah, quest this, go
> here, That is Region 3. At this point it's assumed you understand the
> mechanics of the game well enough that it won't hold your hand anymore.
> Fastforward a whole lot of nonsense and all the sudden you've got some real
> purpose to live, something that is important that your character do. If
> nothing else because you're bored, who the hell knows.
> After finally finding a purpose in life you go off and do all kinds of fun
> adventuring things and end up finding lots of nifty companions with nifty
> abilities and nifty personalities... then after progressing to this point
> war breaks out between whole bunches of angry peoples and you want to go
> home to your mommy. So you go home, and you get to protect it. Yay. Now even
> though you're back home, everything is a whole lot stronger than it was
> previously to match your increased strength. You get to defend your home and
> then get back to your purpose in life.
> Let's call this purpose some arbitrary gathering quest to collect the 8
> magical stones of awesomeness. Now that the first few chapters are done with
> and you've had ample opportunites to develop your backstory and that of your
> buddies, the world gets alot bigger. Now you can rapidly travel between
> locations on your continent. Let's say you get a nice little buggy like in
> FF7 or a magical carpet or something which opens up the continent as a whole
> to you, except maybe a few places for further exploration after you get
> better transportation. You cruise around the continent on your quest for the
> magical stones of awesome and find a couple on your continent as well you
> have tons of nifty quests to do in all the different locations and lots of
> monsters to brutalize. Pretty soon after this point you're going to need a
> new ride, so you go rough up some wussy steampunk piratey people and steal
> their steam powered boat of win to connect to other continents. Maybe even
> back to their steam punky island of steampunk (perfect place for you to
> design, Elizabeth).
> Now you've gone from small region based exploration, to medium scale
> continental exploration, to world exploration at which point the game is
> completely open ended. We can even have little sections of the world that
> have absolutely no relevence to the story whatsoever, but the story arc is
> still important so if you want to you can continue on the storyline or go
> exploring newly available continents. So you can go get super badass and
> unstoppable and beat the boss at the end of the game who is horribly easy
> *Cough, sephiroth, cough* but there are still tons of massive challenges
> that await in the rest of the world, with smaller story arcs and questlines
> that make you take on big nasty things and get lots of interesting stuff.
> Then you grow old and die.
> Weed through the sarcasm and bad grammer and see if that sounds something
> like the narrative you had in mind.
> I hope to avoid as many video game cliches as possible in this endeavor but
> for the sake of arguement I had to use them as examples. :P
> -Wurmz
> On Sat, May 16, 2009 at 7:40 PM, <figarus@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> What do you think about letting the chapters be replayable, like you have
>> a character/party that you and you can re-enter any of the chapters or the
>> freemode (once unlocked) like... Itd be less one long story and instead itd
>> be like independant short that tied together with the same player... This is
>> just an idea I was thinking.
>> Oh and if we went this route the freemode would have a ton of content not
>> in the stories...
>> Just looking for feedback on the concept... It wouldn't affect this
>> milestone or the next couple but (:
>> Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile
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>> *From*: Kent Petersen
>> *Date*: Sat, 16 May 2009 18:37:29 -0700
>> *To*: <project1dev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> *Subject*: [project1dev] Re: game narrative structure
>> So basically you want to follow a FF3-esque story? First half very guided
>> and teaches the player how to play. the second half would then be open and
>> leaving it up to the player. I see this working well. We could have all the
>> choices made in the first half of the game impact the second half
>> On Sat, May 16, 2009 at 6:19 PM, eric drewes <figarus@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> just wanted to hear what you guys thought about this...
>>> the idea is an evolution of the "world's" idea and also of the story
>>> structure in diablo 2.
>>> basically... the beginning of the game will be broken up into "chapters"
>>> - linear storylines ala older final fantasy games where there is a guided
>>> progression forward in the storylines, with a definitive beginning, middle
>>> and climax.  There will be places to explore, etc but there is a definite
>>> story arc for the player to experience.  once you finish the chapter, you
>>> move on to the next one with a new area/theme.  once you beat the chapters
>>> and the first half of the game, it unlocks "freemode" which is like the
>>> world of ruin in ff3 where the entire world is open for you to explore and
>>> you discover adventures and storylines in a very non-linear unguided way.
>>> The second half of the game will likely be set a few years in the future
>>> after the first part is defeated so that we can change the world and add new
>>> monsters and caves and villains to fight and explore.
>>> what do you guys think?

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