[project1dev] Re: party members/characters

  • From: figarus@xxxxxxxxx
  • To: project1dev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2009 21:46:03 +0000

I think basically the beginning will be like training wheels and it'll be a 
little linear as far as story progression goes but once the worlds merge or 
whatnot the main bulk of the game will be exploration and non-linear story arcs 
you basically discover... It will be a delicate balance between (and I think a 
lot of games totally fail at this) letting the player explore and find 
adventure on their own and being totally lost on what to do next...  I think 
that there is a way and we will strive to do this to make it feel completely 
free flowing with the player in control of their own destiny but we will lead 
them with subtle tugs.  Think about marge waiting for homer at the light house 
cuz springfield slopes downhill and homer likes bright lights... :P haha

I don't know if I am being clear w/ this but I think as long as we have strong 
interesting characters, awesome stuff to find and a detailed world to explore 
we will be able to engage the player and allow the experience of the game to 
sweep them away. 
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-----Original Message-----
From: Alan Wolfe <alan.wolfe@xxxxxxxxx>

Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2009 14:15:19 
To: <project1dev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [project1dev] Re: party members/characters

Yeah it seems like alot of previous games are either open ended like
oblivion or on rails (albeit good rails sometimes!)

Chrono Trigger and FF3 both had tons of side optional stuff you could do,
which maybe is what sets them apart.

Our game it seems is kind of going to be purely the side optional stuff and
longer chains of that optional stuff that affect / are affected by your
reputation / choice scoring.

It seems like it'll be guided open endedness which seems like it will be
kind of a new experience for gamers.

I think it'll be good, I have faith in Eric's master plan (:
On Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 1:40 PM, Matthew Freeland <mattthefiend@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:

> Agreed, backstory is essential to any good RPG, one thing I hate more than
> anything else as a hardcore gamer is stuff like Oblivion.
> Great game and all, but the delivery method of the game is weak, you're an
> emotionally devoid mute who arbitrarily popped up and was prophesied to save
> the world blah blah blah nonsense. My personal preference for any kind of
> good RPG is just an average joe that doesn't have some stupid prophecy
> hanging over his head, that just goes through life kicking ass.
> On Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 6:53 AM, eric drewes <figarus@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> i really think a character driven plot will be essential to the game, and
>> the intro scenarios i feel will be sorta the backbone of the storyline
>> because they are interwoven throughout.  if you have a particular character
>> in mind that you would want to have a part in the game as either a villain,
>> npc or potential party member - you could share your vision now and we could
>> work it into a scenario or write a scenario involving it (or if you have a
>> scenario in mind, we can start to develop it).  This isn't the "last chance"
>> or anything because there will be plenty of oppurtunities later but i figure
>> the sooner we start the list and introduce themes (like if your character is
>> a tribesman or something, itd be nice to include references to tribes in the
>> plot/story so its not just out of left field) the more cohesive the game
>> will be :)  just a thought! and definitely appreciate all input, etc.

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