[project1dev] Re: "world" themes, intro thoughts

  • From: eric drewes <figarus@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: project1dev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2009 15:40:50 -0400

cool :)

ok well here's my plan for tonight -

I will write up the basic outlines for the three ideas i have for character
generation including a detailed one for the random scenario/perk idea i have
been talking about - this will give us as a team a good jumping off point
for fleshing it out or deciding we need to go in a different direction if it
seems more effort than its worth.  I figure, anything AWESOME we come up
with can be rolled over or evolved into something else if it doesnt work for
this (i.e. i love the pet idea but maybe it'd work better as something you
FIND rather than you get right away)

given the time frame for completing the cave (2-3 weeks or so) it'd be nice
to nail the design for this down early so we have some time to work out the
details... that could be the next step if alan thinks we're ready :)

Is there any other things Alan that you think I should flesh out ASAP?

On Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 3:28 PM, Kent Petersen <kentkmp@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I think I'm following you.  It would be interesting to see in action. As
> long as it can be implemented well, there is a lot of potential
> On Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 12:11 PM, eric drewes <figarus@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> i will write up a few choices for the intro/tutorial/character creation
>> thing and we can all post our ideas, etc before we make a decision...
>> as far as the pet idea, i would say it'd be in addition to the regular
>> party members. the pet would work under a different system (like, ppl can't
>> attack it and you dont control it, it just randomly helps you like shadow's
>> dog in FF)
>> actually though, do you guys think it would work to have SOME people have
>> pets, like its another random thing like getting to be a magic user?  If we
>> had a 3-4 different major things like this, in combination w/ the little
>> things, people would really feel like their character is unique and it would
>> make replaying the game w/ different character variations that much more
>> appealing... this would all tie into the character creation intro
>> minigame...
>> ok here's how i envision this idea working
>> you play through 3 scenarios randomly chosen from a pool
>> examples:
>> one mini-scenario lets you have access to magic
>> one lets you have a pet (randomly named w/ random traits dependent on your
>> character)
>> one scenario gives you ultra strength (like you can smash through
>> breakable walls instead of using bombs)
>> and also, how you respond or act in the scenario would define what perk
>> from a couple you got.
>> etc. etc.  like I really think if everyone who plays gets 1 or 2 awesome
>> perks that set them apart from standard characters, it would give them some
>> ownership over the character - like, it wouldn't be generic hero B... like
>> it would really give them something unique to form the character in their
>> mind based on.
>> sorry if im not expressing myself clearly on this, hopefully you get the
>> gist but i might have to go into more detail..
>>   On Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 2:52 PM, Kent Petersen <kentkmp@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:
>>> I like the idea of having the beginning of the game helping to determine
>>> the type of character you are. I think most games that try fail in this
>>> area. I think it needs to be done in a way that is not repetitive or boring
>>> and feels as if your choices actually matter. If beating the trial dungeon
>>> just modifies your stats and isn't very fun then a quick and easy creation
>>> screen may be a  better choice. Eric I would like to see some of your ideas
>>> as a starting point.
>>> I also like the starting pet or team mate idea. Would this be in addition
>>> to the other character(s) you can have or would your pet be one that you
>>> replaced?
>>> On Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 11:44 AM, eric drewes <figarus@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>> what is everyone's thoughts, re: character creation/intro stuff?  should
>>>> i just make up a few basic outlines for some scenarios and then ppl can 
>>>> chip
>>>> in their own and we'll figure out what to do with that?  should we just 
>>>> make
>>>> standard character generation and skip this part?
>>>> also i was thinking itd be neat for the main character to have a
>>>> sidekick/protector/pet (not sure, open for ideas) that is unique to each
>>>> player and based off their personality or how they play through the
>>>> character creation scenarios... i.e. if you are evil, maybe it would give
>>>> you a creature created from a pool of "evil" traits... i think this could 
>>>> be
>>>> neat but not sure how it would work yet, what do you think?
>>>>   On Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 2:26 PM, Alan Wolfe <alan.wolfe@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:
>>>>> Oh yeah for sure, good thinking.
>>>>> Wurmz is still working on prettying up the walls and floors.
>>>>> I'm gonna put in some more features to support NPC's and enemies so
>>>>> they can start to be placed.
>>>>> Then it'll still need a lighting pass and have some random props
>>>>> dropped around for decoration.
>>>>> then i guess we should put the boss in there and hen the scripted
>>>>> events after the boss (well whenever the cave in stuff happens).
>>>>> then i think we will be done. I bet it'll be like 2-3 more weeks til
>>>>> then, but future areas should go quicker (:
>>>>> On Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 11:20 AM, eric drewes <figarus@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:
>>>>>> yeah we are definitely on the same page here... i should write
>>>>>> something up so we could start brain storming this and gathering ideas - 
>>>>>> the
>>>>>> longer we have, the more time we'll have to come up with neat stuff and 
>>>>>> also
>>>>>> allow it to be consistent w/ the other ideas for other worlds.
>>>>>> On Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 2:13 PM, Alan Wolfe <alan.wolfe@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:
>>>>>>> I was just thinking if for instance you said "in the first world,
>>>>>>> there is such and such and this and that happens in the storyline" we 
>>>>>>> could
>>>>>>> probably brainstorm on some details of things to put in besides the main
>>>>>>> stuff and we might come up w/ some pretty neat stuff.
>>>>>>> Did you decide if we are going to do the 7 worlds thing still or not?
>>>>>>> On Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 11:03 AM, eric drewes <figarus@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:
>>>>>>>> Alan, i hadn't originally intended each world to be it's own theme
>>>>>>>> but now that you put that idea out there, i think it would be neat and 
>>>>>>>> give
>>>>>>>> us a general guide on what to do...  plus when the world combines we 
>>>>>>>> could
>>>>>>>> write a lot of neat things that happened when the culture clash of 
>>>>>>>> worlds
>>>>>>>> occured when the barrier falls...
>>>>>>>> for example, people in the desert/sand world (egyptianesque theme?)
>>>>>>>> would have NEVER seen ice, or forests or oceans, etc.  a lot of neat
>>>>>>>> possibilities there.
>>>>>>>> Also, i've been re-thinking the intro/character creation stuff, just
>>>>>>>> from a build standpoint.  I still want to do something where your 
>>>>>>>> actions
>>>>>>>> define your character but i think we'd be better off w/ smaller zones 
>>>>>>>> (and
>>>>>>>> maybe more than just 3 random ones) but keep them short and sweet 
>>>>>>>> rather
>>>>>>>> than long and protracted... just a brief foray into existential 
>>>>>>>> situations
>>>>>>>> rather than a large place to explore...
>>>>>>>> also I found some of the earlier versions of the intro that we had
>>>>>>>> talked about a couple months ago and those were shorter and more to the
>>>>>>>> point.
>>>>>>>> -eric

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