Overview[ edit ] Games are produced through the software development process. Similarly, many developers close down because they cannot find a publishing contract or their production is not profitable.
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Using a GDD is a thing of the past. Whatever you like to call it GDD, Wiki, Board,…the important thing is to have something that describes your game project or any other project for that matter before jumping into production.
Here at Trick we name them GDDs and we also use boards Trello for managing tasks, and try to divide our project in two week milestones somewhat resembling Scrum. Then, a few corrections are made to reflect the feedback or ideas of the team during the Game Design phase. In summary, whether you use a GDD or something else, we recommend Game Designers that are just starting to please, please, please, consider writing down your ideas into some type of document that other people can read and understand.
For a game like the one we used in this example, it felt natural to describe the characters, what they could do and why, in order to give some context.
The Gnumies can merge, which translates into a certain game mechanic, and they are fighting German the Germ, which explains the game enemies. Ultimately, it all depends on your game and your Game Design style. So, how do I go around documenting what I want to do with my game? Through the years and iterations it has evolved into the following template, which we use every time we start a new game here at Trick.
After reading the Project Description, it should be clear what type of game you are trying to make Social, Casual, Hardcore, etc.
Of course, you can add more information that feels relevant to your game. This section would ideally be one or two paragraphs long.
No more than a page for sure. This game design document describes the details for a multi-platform touch based 2D puzzle game with novel mechanics and an original story and characters.
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Characters The reason we start with characters is because you need to introduce them before the Story. An example of character descriptions: Gnumies are the main characters in this game. These creatures are happy and wealthy, but not greedy. They are wealthy because their ancestry is related to money, or Numismatic, thus their name: Red Gnumies are passionate and break stuff.
Yellow Gnumies are electric and jump up and down. Green Gnumies are tranquil, relaxed and easy going. Blue Gnumies are a little sad and grumpy.
Gnumies also have a lot of arms, anywhere from 1 up to 4, and their arms have hands. They have a firm handshake and can combine when holding hands.
Gnumies like rough play and leave everything messy… You can also add some character artwork here. Gnumies are happily playing inside their castle and causing mischief.
The Butler is going insane, but everybody is enjoying. German is home watching TV and his mother bothers him.
So he goes out to spy on the Gnumies. Outside it's raining and German is looking envious through the window, getting all wet. A strange mysterious person-something gives him a key that he can use to enter through a backdoor.Use this reader's response activity to analyze the characters in any book.
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