Game Design is the practice of creating and balancing systems and the mechanics which the player uses to affect those systems. This is not to be used for programming questions about the "design" of features, engines, etc.

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How to implement “identify item” feature in RPG

In many games there is an approach that you can't use item that hasn't been identified. And usualy you can't identify it by just using it. While this approach simplifies a lot of things it just ...
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Making a game for multiple platforms [closed]

I am making a game with web, iphone, and android front-ends. I want to make them all able to interact well through the back-end so that any user can play with any user. To do this I've decided to ...
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Web single player 2d top-down RPG - background image, sprites, and new level loading

I'm making a web single player 2D top-down rpg using JavaScript (create js library) and have a couple questions. For the background image, I've currently loaded a 1000x1000 bitmap to represent the ...
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Why do loot drops contain (mostly) useless items?

I was thinking about this and couldn't figure this out. In Diablo you kill enemies and they drop random things. But usually the drops are worthless to you relative to what you already have equipped. ...
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How do I represent walls in a 2D tile based map?

I'm trying to create a simple 3D(2D) Dungeon Crawler but I am going to be using simple flat images to show the user they are in a "3D" world. Now what I mean is something like Sword and Serpents on ...
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Human to Monster Morph on 2D graphics [closed]

A friend and I are writing a topdown RPG called NecroMonster. In the game when you defeat an enemy you can take its shape (basically morph into it) and we dont know how to make this look right. First ...
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libgdx: how to manage entity classes [closed]

Good day sirs, I know this is a newbie question but I really need to ask it. I've been reading a lot of sample codes on libgdx, and I have seen entities(player, enemy, boss,etc.). my question is what ...
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G-rated word lists in various languages for programming children's games [duplicate]

I'm programming a word guessing game that uses large lists of words (no definitions, just words). Word length is configurable. Parents could set the word length to be very short and let small children ...
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Methodologies for deciding the number of characters a design should have? [closed]

I need to identify a maximum number of characters in a game so that I can provide a high number of choices without overwhelming the player. How do I determine the optimum set of characters to use in ...
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Text-based game based on progress, lottery, collecting and achievement dynamics [closed]

I'm playing with an idea for a game I want to develop for a text-only, turn-based environment (think instant messenger). The game will be driven by the progress, lottery, collecting and achievement ...
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Having 1 button for multiple purposes

Consider the following: you have a space invaders game. The 'hero' has 2 abilities - a normal attack which shoots standard bolts of whatever and a special attack which hits harder. The special attack ...
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Game Map Implementation

I want to know how I can create a virtual town or city (like skyrim towns or gta4 liberty city) Should I create something on paper and copy coordinates? (Building1 floor corner coordinates are these, ...
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How many levels should I make?

One issue I grapple with across many of my games is trying to decide how many levels to put in my game. This is across genres and platforms. In general, constraints that may decide -- although they ...
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Handling intro and title screen

What is the best way to handle the intro, title screen, and menus? I am contemplating that each of these could be a "scene" object of sorts. Perhaps in the game loop based on what needs to be done, a ...
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Spell design and comunication with Player

Im trying to design Spell class that can modify almost anything, Player, Units, other spells, etc. I figured out two ways of doing it, but none of this seems proper for me. Thats mainly because of ...
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How complex should enemy AI be in a dnd-alike?

I'm writing a text-mode (python + ncurses), turn-based rpg based loosely on 3rd edition D&D and Neverwinter Nights (the PC game) rules. It's not going to be a full implementation, but 'in the ...
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Did Badland introduce the concept of “swarm”, or is it already present in earlier games? [closed]

I've noticed the concept of swarm (there called "clones") in Badland, and I've never seen anything like it. Here's a video showing it. I'll describe it: you start with one guy, and going on through ...
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How are boss battles important?

What are the point of boss battles in the current form? For most games, a boss encounter is usually: A puzzle of sorts, where you have to figure out when the boss' weak point is exposed. An enemy ...
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Manage user input and diffentiate it between the player and the app

I hope the title makes sense. Basically, I am trying to figure out how the app will know I the input I am sending it is meant for the app and not the player, and vice-versa. (It is very similar to ...
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Kickstarter “last minute cold feet”

today I scheduled the publication of a video on Kickstarter requesting approximately $5,000 in order to complete the iPhone shooter game I started 1 year ago after quitting my job. I invested more ...
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Edge Detection on Screen

I have a edge collision problem with a simple game that i am developing. Its about throwing a coin across the screen. I am using the code below to detect edge collisions so i can make the coin bounce ...
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How to create a legally valid timestamp of unpublished game artwork

Before publishing promotional material of my first indie game I wanted to mark all my artwork with a legally valid timestamp. There are two ways I know to do this: 1 go to a sollecitor/lawyer and ...
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Random/Procedural vs. Previously Made Level Generation

What the advantages/disadvantages of using random/procedural generation vs. pre-made levels? There seems to be few that I can think of, other than the fact that items may be a problem to distribute ...
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What benefits does a game design degree have for a hobby game programmer?

I am interested in studying game design, not because I want a job in the games industry, but because I am interested in the subject itself. I read the following questions, but they mostly deal with ...
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What should I consider when selecting a field-of-view (FOV) for a space game?

I am making a space game (like the game Freelancer). You control a space ship in third person. What are some gameplay considerations that I should weigh when selecting a field-of-view (FOV) for such ...
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Application of Game trees in AI

My specific area of interest is designing the AI of real-time multiplayer games, for example, RTS games. Moves by players happen simultaneously, so I was wondering whether or not it would be modeled ...
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LibGDX with Android UI

Hello I want to combine between android UI and libGDX. I want to have half of my screen with libgdx engine (animated sprite) and the other half of the screen with android UI buttons. Does anybody know ...
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Game concept sketching [closed]

I am looking for 2D game concept sketching software(not engine). Something that will let me put sprites, backgrounds together and maybe do some minimal animations. The ultimate goal is to design game ...
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Valid gameloops

I've got a thread (gameloop) in my game that is super complicated, and is built with the help of tutorials when I was still a beginner. But now that I understand a bit more, I find myself wondering ...
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What are the pros and cons of skill trees versus skill lists in RPGs? [closed]

What are the pros and cons of skill trees versus flat skill lists in role playing games? In what situations would the usage of one be more appropriate than the other? Here is an example of a ...
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How to determine the demographics of a game after release?

I am interested in demographics of people who actually play my game. Here are few assumptions I made: Players, especially the younger ones, are often not the buyers (or downloaders in case of ...
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Serious gameplay issue by spawning enemies according to elapsed time

EDIT: I have changed the title as I think that this is a general gamedevelopment question but, on a technical note, I am using Cocos2d v2.0 Some time ago I had asked a question on which was the most ...
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Data driven tool for gamedesigner [closed]

I'm looking for a software my gamedesigner can use setting monster characteristics. Like one row of all monster types (and ability to add new ones) One column of all 'templates' (normal, small, big, ...
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Designing interface for interacting with game objects

I'm making a roguelike (-like) game, somewhat like Project Zomboid or Don't Starve. In my game, there are many different object in the world that the player can interact with; there are also many ...
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What tools/software are used to make the environments/levels/maps in games? [closed]

This question has probably been answered before but I've not been able to find the answer, since I'm not able to frame the question with brevity. So the whole question is :- The worlds/levels that ...
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Best way to keep track of game objects

I'm not exactly sure how I should ask this question, and so the title may be misleading - I am not asking if I should use a list or a stack or a vector or a queue - but how I should go about keeping ...
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Making a game “resize-safe”

It's one thing to get the graphics aligned perfectly, it's another to do this for every single resolution and not take too much time and/or make the code unreadable due to size. Games like Battlefield ...
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Recommended graphic software for creating great graphics in game? [closed]

I came across a game called Trine2. It has a great graphics here is one image i captured here. Forgive me but I need 10 reputation to upload image so i use external sites. How did they create that ...
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Why do most video game guns reload without losing unused ammo in the magazine?

If I have picked up 500 spare ammo and I 73/100 bullets in my current gun, why will I end up with 473 spare ammo instead of 400 (losing the 73 unused rounds in the previous magazine)? Is this just to ...
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Score system for “little bit more complex” snake game

I have created snake game. I can't think of good score system so that is is fair. There is only one highscore list for all modes. Player can choose any size of board - Let's call that param "Board ...
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Newbie game programmer - Where do I start? [closed]

Okay, so I have been really inclined towards game programming this past few weeks. I have primarily been a web programmer and know a fair number of lanugages like PHP, Java, javascript, python, etc. I ...
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Colors for villains, good guys and neutrals

I am looking for 4-6 color schemes for three factions, good, evil and neutral (in a space strategy if that matters). I'd like the player to choose which side they want to play and each side will have ...
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When should I hard-code data versus load external data?

I'm a thousand or so lines of code into making my own 2D space-based game, which creates networks of randomly generated star systems and populates them with a random selection of planets, stations, ...
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Level Pacing in a Mobile Game [closed]

I've been creating a small little mobile game on and off for a while now. Having got all the game mechanics in place I'm now trying to figure out how to organise these into levels to get satisfying ...
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How do I elegantly teach players how to play?

I've been thinking about how puzzle platformers teach players how to play. I like Super Meat Boy, particularly the way in which it teaches you without noticing you are being taught. It kept me ...
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How do I implement a programming system in my game that is both accessible, powerful, and fast to code in?

I'm currently working on a space-based sandbox game which will heavily feature the ability to custom program your systems. I want to implement this in a way that is both accessible, powerful (bare ...
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What underlying character stats would you put into your “character” object in an RPG engine

basically I'm making my own RPG/TBS engine named Uruk (making an rpg themed about the epic of gilgamesh) and I am thinking of a combat system similar to the Disgaea franchise or the Super Robot Wars ...
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Handling Block Collisions

The title isn't great, but let me try and explain my problem. I'm working on a little game at the moment the gist of which is that you're an entity in this 2-D world and you have to dodge obstacles. ...
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cocos2d-x - object creation and management in game design

How do others keep track of everything going on in their games? I am working on a new game and I am quickly realizing everything that I need to keep track of. Example: Maybe a layerManager that ...
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Android TCG structural design [closed]

I started developing tcg for android, using ADT bundle. What is the right approach/way for making/storing cards/game info, local sqlite, some kind of data file? some service? or something else?