Creative Constraints

Using Constraints.

Constraints encourage creativity. If you've never heard this expressed before you might think it sounds wrong or if you're feeling generous; counter intuitive. But it's true. If you feeling blocked or frustrated about not taking action then you should consider adding some constraints to what you're ...

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You're Destined To Fail

Kernel of Fun.

I've seen the numbers; they tell a clear story and it doesn't have a happy ending. The average person who wants to make a game doesn't. Only a fraction of aspiring gamedevs download game-making tools, a fraction of those open the tools, another fraction use them for ...

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How to Make an RPG Textbox

How to make an RPG textbox

JRPGs communicate with the player via textboxes. From the contents of a chest found at end of a forgotten dungeon to the ominious words of the games antagonist; it's the humble textbox that's used to deliver each message. It's worth getting them right!

There are broadly two ...

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JRPG Conversation Language

What are action rpgs?

Writing dialog for games should be easy. Most game conversations are simple exchanges. No tricky game code is needed, it's just two or more people speaking one at a time. By making game conversations easy to write and edit, the more time we have focus on the writing itself ...

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The Witcher 3: Conversation Breakdown

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It's no secret I'm interested in how games model conversation. It's an interesting challenge on several fronts; you need to consider how content creators author conversations, how the user experience plays out and how engaging it is as a gameplay mechanic. To this end it's instructive ...

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What is an Action RPG?

What are action rpgs?

Action RPGs give the player realtime control over game characters, usually this is most noticeable in regards to movement and combat. The term action rpg gets used more often when speaking about console games. On the PC, action RPGs overlap with the older category of hack and slash games.

The ...

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