[project1dev] Re: scenario ideas

  • From: Kent Petersen <kentkmp@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: project1dev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2009 14:26:05 -0700

I assumed combat would be upgraded =)

Testing will get very complicated very quickly. We must make sure we don't
fall into similar problems that Fallout 1 and 2 had (never played 3). Those
games had so many things going on that 3rd party people are still releasing
patches for those titles.

Alan, I think you may be the only person with real experience here.

On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 2:21 PM, Alan Wolfe <alan.wolfe@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> We could deffinately keep a tally of how many times the player used each
> skill and then have that affect things.
> The var storage system josh is making would be great for that.
> Also whenever we do the gladiator sceario, there will be heavy improvements
> to the combat system if it hasn't been upgraded by that point already (:
> On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 2:02 PM, Kent Petersen <kentkmp@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> I like the way these scenarios are fleshing out as well.
>> How would you have the lineage scenario play out? Would it be more like a
>> dating sim?
>> re: Gladiator scenario. I like the idea of it being and old gladiators
>> last battle. I like Alan's idea about combat being like the beginning of
>> FF3(6), where combat is easy and fdifficult to lose. This way the player
>> will learn the basics of Combat, such as dodging. The first few rounds would
>> be easy training but then it could start bringing out the more difficult
>> combat challenges until the player ultimately wins something (maybe his
>> freedom like ancient rome) or loses and dies.
>> It would be cool if this part of the game kept track of your fighting
>> style. For example, it may know if you prefer to dodge, supper attack, or
>> regular attack, and it would give you stats accordingly. Maybe if you dodge
>> all the time you could get a bonus dodging move like a counter attack. If
>> you super attacked all the time you could get a finishing move that leaves
>> you defenseless if you don't finish them off. If we wanted to get really
>> detailed you could even determine their turn reload time by the amount of
>> time they spend on their turns. Maybe if you click through your turns real
>> quick you can get a speed bonus but if you take your time you could receive
>> an armor bonus.
>> I would hope there would be an engaging story as well. Which is definately
>> more of Eric's expertise. What do you guys think?
>> On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 1:40 PM, eric drewes <figarus@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> yeah totally, good ideas - i like the idea that ppl may regard you as
>>> famous or whatnot or maybe help you (or despise you) like that could work in
>>> conjuction with the faction stuff and charisma, having a noble upbringing so
>>> maybe you're a jerk and peasents hate you but you know courtly manners so
>>> royalty like you, etc.
>>> we'll flesh it out more when we work on that scenario
>>> i really like the idea of having diverse scenarios with multiple
>>> solutions for character creation seems really fun to play through and make
>>>   On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 4:37 PM, Alan Wolfe <alan.wolfe@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:
>>>> that would be really cool eric, like it could affect what kind of house
>>>> you live in, your starting equipment, how people treat you (ie are the
>>>> gaurds friendly cause your father was a famous knight? or do they hate you
>>>> cause you are a begger and a thief trying to survive?)
>>>> On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 1:35 PM, Kent Petersen <kentkmp@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:
>>>>> That parent scenario sounds pretty cool. How would the lineage affect
>>>>> your character?
>>>>> On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 1:32 PM, eric drewes <figarus@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:
>>>>>> yep yep :) this is awesome... see, and like, death in these intros
>>>>>> wouldnt necessarily be a "you lose" thing, it would just be the 
>>>>>> completetion
>>>>>> of a story.
>>>>>> something i was thinking also is we could have a scenario maybe where
>>>>>> you play your father (or mother) and the choice you make (unbeknowst to 
>>>>>> you
>>>>>> until later...) would affect your lineage... like you make the choice 
>>>>>> and at
>>>>>> the end it shows two people and a baby and they are like "aww... lets 
>>>>>> name
>>>>>> it <your name>" so its revealed at the end of the scenario it was your
>>>>>> parents, not just random ppl
>>>>>>   On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 4:29 PM, Alan Wolfe 
>>>>>> <alan.wolfe@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:
>>>>>>> Those are neat ideas.
>>>>>>> Like yeah....
>>>>>>> Let's say you play as a knight and you come across a gleaming sword
>>>>>>> saying its like a 1 use sword, waiting for the true hero to take it
>>>>>>> If you have the gaul to take it for yourself, you end up dying in the
>>>>>>> heart of undead land (like its unavoidable).
>>>>>>> So... if you take it you get some kind of modifier to your character,
>>>>>>> but the sword is now kept in some undead lands, and really hard to get 
>>>>>>> to.
>>>>>>> but, if you leavbe it, it's more accessible.
>>>>>>> maybe you have to get this sword as part of a quest so it would make
>>>>>>> that quest harder or easier :P
>>>>>>>   On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 1:23 PM, eric drewes <figarus@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:
>>>>>>>> :) cool idea re: crashing the boat - i really think it'll be fun to
>>>>>>>> balance it out so you really "can't lose" in the intro scenarios, but
>>>>>>>> balance it in non-linear ways like you mentioned.  for instance, if you
>>>>>>>> crashed the boat right away, you would lose out on the oppurtunity to 
>>>>>>>> gain
>>>>>>>> treasure hunting, trap evading, action skills BUT its balanced out by 
>>>>>>>> being
>>>>>>>> able to find maybe a unique treasure later in the game off of the 
>>>>>>>> explorer's
>>>>>>>> corpse next to his crashed boat.  we definitely don't have to balance 
>>>>>>>> apples
>>>>>>>> to apples :)
>>>>>>>> On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 4:10 PM, Kent Petersen 
>>>>>>>> <kentkmp@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:
>>>>>>>>> Cool Eric. I am on the same page with you.
>>>>>>>>> If adventure, stealing, having dexterity an being nimble is what
>>>>>>>>> the scenario is about then losing it should give you opposite bonuses.
>>>>>>>>> Perhaps if you fight with the natives you will get more strength and 
>>>>>>>>> or life
>>>>>>>>> bonuses. There could even be an extra powerful bonus that you may get 
>>>>>>>>> for
>>>>>>>>> losing immediately. Maybe you crash the boat never make it to the 
>>>>>>>>> natives
>>>>>>>>> and your player character will be able to raid the boat in the future.
>>>>>>>>> On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 12:38 PM, Alan Wolfe <alan.wolfe@xxxxxxxxx
>>>>>>>>> > wrote:
>>>>>>>>>> it'll be cool when we are done from the cave, we can all talk
>>>>>>>>>> about which mission we want to do and start fleshing it out and 
>>>>>>>>>> storyboard
>>>>>>>>>> it.
>>>>>>>>>> It's gunnna be awesome! (:
>>>>>>>>>>   On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 12:08 PM, eric drewes <
>>>>>>>>>> figarus@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>> yeah i don't have a detailed storyboard or anything for this one
>>>>>>>>>>> but i do have some things in mind
>>>>>>>>>>> 1) if you died anywhere in the scenario, that would be "the end"
>>>>>>>>>>> of the scenario - basically keeping you from getting treasure 
>>>>>>>>>>> hunting
>>>>>>>>>>> bonuses that come with surviving the scenario but balanced with 
>>>>>>>>>>> other
>>>>>>>>>>> bonuses instead... we dont really want to make it so you have to 
>>>>>>>>>>> keep
>>>>>>>>>>> "rerolling" your character and i like the idea of learning from 
>>>>>>>>>>> mistakes
>>>>>>>>>>> they made so they dont feel like they have to be perfect all the 
>>>>>>>>>>> time.
>>>>>>>>>>> 2) persuasion of the natives could come in the form of maybe
>>>>>>>>>>> finding an item (an idol or something) in the exploration part 
>>>>>>>>>>> before you
>>>>>>>>>>> stumble upon them that allows dialogue options, or whatnot.. or 
>>>>>>>>>>> maybe if you
>>>>>>>>>>> find the cave BEFORE you find the natives, you get the treasure 
>>>>>>>>>>> from the
>>>>>>>>>>> cave and when you exit you present it to them and they make you 
>>>>>>>>>>> king or
>>>>>>>>>>> something.  we'll have to work this out one.
>>>>>>>>>>> 3) there'll definitely be a lot of different bonuses, etc. for
>>>>>>>>>>> actions during the scenario - win or lose.
>>>>>>>>>>> 4) i basically envision the traps from indiana jones and the
>>>>>>>>>>> like... maybe you step on the wrong tiles and darts fire at you, 
>>>>>>>>>>> maybe
>>>>>>>>>>> theres cielings that collapse and you have to find the trigger to 
>>>>>>>>>>> stop it
>>>>>>>>>>> from crushing you, maybe failing at doing a puzzle will set off a 
>>>>>>>>>>> trap,
>>>>>>>>>>> etc.  combat also may set it off, and maybe you have to fight some 
>>>>>>>>>>> sort of
>>>>>>>>>>> automaton incan guardbot ha...
>>>>>>>>>>> 5) i totally had the same thought as you on this... regardless
>>>>>>>>>>> with what happens to the explorer, he' could show up later (either 
>>>>>>>>>>> you find
>>>>>>>>>>> him on the other side, or maybe hes trapped in the cave from a trap 
>>>>>>>>>>> or the
>>>>>>>>>>> natives have captured him or else yeah, he's chillin in a jailbreak 
>>>>>>>>>>> area.
>>>>>>>>>>> also if you fail as the explorer to get the treasure, the treasure 
>>>>>>>>>>> would be
>>>>>>>>>>> there in the main game and maybe its needed as a story item so if 
>>>>>>>>>>> its gone
>>>>>>>>>>> you have to find the explorer, etc.
>>>>>>>>>>> :)
>>>>>>>>>>> On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 2:55 PM, Kent Petersen <
>>>>>>>>>>> kentkmp@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>> What happens if you die? Would you lose points to treasure
>>>>>>>>>>>> hunting and fighting? How would that impact the story?
>>>>>>>>>>>> How would one persuade the natives to help?
>>>>>>>>>>>> Would there be only one treasure to get or would there be lesser
>>>>>>>>>>>> treasures for lesser bonuses?
>>>>>>>>>>>> What kind of stuff would the traps trigger? Combat or?
>>>>>>>>>>>> Random thought: If a character dies in one the the games intro
>>>>>>>>>>>> scenarios we could always re-use that character when we include 
>>>>>>>>>>>> the jail
>>>>>>>>>>>> breaking scenarios to rescue teammates. Perhaps your treasure 
>>>>>>>>>>>> hunting
>>>>>>>>>>>> character dies but your player character could meet the treasure 
>>>>>>>>>>>> hunter
>>>>>>>>>>>> later when trying to rescue one of your team mates.
>>>>>>>>>>>> On Mon, Apr 27, 2009 at 11:47 AM, eric drewes <
>>>>>>>>>>>> figarus@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>>> just adding a couple more basic intro scenario ideas i had to
>>>>>>>>>>>>> see what you guys thought (and if you guys have any, please feel 
>>>>>>>>>>>>> free to
>>>>>>>>>>>>> share!)
>>>>>>>>>>>>> 1.  The Explorer - this scenario is inspired by the death of
>>>>>>>>>>>>> Magellen at the hands of natives in the battle of Mactan as well 
>>>>>>>>>>>>> as the
>>>>>>>>>>>>> scene in "The Fountain" in the beginning where Ponce de Leon is 
>>>>>>>>>>>>> fighting
>>>>>>>>>>>>> through the aztecs trying to reach the fountain of youth.  I love 
>>>>>>>>>>>>> the
>>>>>>>>>>>>> classic explorer and native stuff (also indiana jones...) and 
>>>>>>>>>>>>> think an
>>>>>>>>>>>>> awesome scenario would be an explorer landing his boat at the 
>>>>>>>>>>>>> edge of a
>>>>>>>>>>>>> river and exploring a little jungle area and getting attacked by 
>>>>>>>>>>>>> natives.
>>>>>>>>>>>>> Here's how I see it playing out, you actively control a boat
>>>>>>>>>>>>> down a river until you read a dead end of sorts (like maybe you 
>>>>>>>>>>>>> go over a
>>>>>>>>>>>>> water fall or hit some rocks), you get out and explore a little 
>>>>>>>>>>>>> jungle area
>>>>>>>>>>>>> (maybe a couple wild animal enemies) and stumble upon a small 
>>>>>>>>>>>>> native camp.
>>>>>>>>>>>>> They attack forcing the character to flee (as little cut scenes 
>>>>>>>>>>>>> as possible,
>>>>>>>>>>>>> id like to lead the character where we want them but leave the 
>>>>>>>>>>>>> active
>>>>>>>>>>>>> control in their hands) and he enters a small cave which is a 
>>>>>>>>>>>>> shrine for the
>>>>>>>>>>>>> natives (the natives stop outside the shrine because its a sacred 
>>>>>>>>>>>>> area) -
>>>>>>>>>>>>> once inside its an indiana jones-esque collection of puzzles and 
>>>>>>>>>>>>> dangers
>>>>>>>>>>>>> ultimately leading (assuming you survive!) to some sort of 
>>>>>>>>>>>>> treasure and an
>>>>>>>>>>>>> exit to safety.
>>>>>>>>>>>>> effects of this scenario would be adding to things like
>>>>>>>>>>>>> treasure hunting/avarice, possibly helping charisma (maybe you 
>>>>>>>>>>>>> can make
>>>>>>>>>>>>> friends with the natives rather than fight them) some combat-ish 
>>>>>>>>>>>>> stuff,
>>>>>>>>>>>>> obviously a lot of action stuff like survivng traps and figuring 
>>>>>>>>>>>>> out
>>>>>>>>>>>>> puzzles, etc.

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