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How to develop RPG Damage Formulas?

I'm developing a classical 2d RPG (in a similar vein to final fantasy) and I was wondering if anyone had some advice on how to do damage formulas/links to resources/examples? I'll explain my current ...
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Lag compensation with networked 2D games

I want to make a 2D game that is basically a physics driven sandbox / activity game. There is something I really do not understand though. From research, it seems like updates from the server should ...
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Good game design books? [closed]

I have some experience in creating, however I like to have some well written reference material to help me produce better products. Are there any game design books that are not aimed at a particular ...
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How to design the attack class in an RPG game?

I am in the planning phase of a small RPG style game. The character will have have a set of attributes, like strength, agility, etc which are represented as integers. The character also will have a ...
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1% idea, 99% execution? [closed]

I keep reading in the game development community that the idea of a game is 1% and the execution of the game is 99%. Do you believe that to be true? Not necessary in those percentages.. I always ...
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How to determine the amount of experience needed for leveling up

Related questions under this topic might include: How should I base how much experience points it takes to get to the next level? What factors are involved in this? How do I keep the player not ...
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Algorithm for determining random events

I'm struggling with coming up with an elegant solution to generating random events in the game that I'm working on. Say there are 4 classes of events that can happen, with varying events in those ...
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Best Way to Create A Map for a 2D Game?

I apologize for the subjective "best" keyword. My friend and I have started creation of a 2D adventure game. It will be top-down in the style of pokemon or zelda (just the perspective). We have been ...
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Design Document Contents [closed]

What is the minimum content that a game design document should have?
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Decision Tree vs Behavior Tree

What are some differences between Decision Trees and Behavior Trees for AI Game Development? When would you use one over the other?
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Algorithm for dynamically calculating a level based on experience points?

One of the struggles I've always had in game development is deciding how to implement experience points attributed to gaining a level. There doesn't seem to be a pattern to gaining a level in many of ...
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How should I structure a design document?

Should the design document be a continuous line of text, with real sentences, more like a description of the entire game, or should I structure it in simple points? What are the benefits, and are ...
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Calculating the output of two armies fighting

I am programming a strategic game using Flash. The game works very similar to the famous game "Travian". My problem is as follows: I am trying to make the calculation of the troops lost as a result ...
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How to properly handle collision in a component-based game?

Trying to wrap my head around the ways to properly handle collision in a game designed around components. I see many examples have some sort of PhysicsComponent that gets added to the entity's list ...
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What is a Game Engine? [duplicate]

I am new to Game Development, All I have developed is some 2d Games, using Game Maker by YoYo Games. There game development is much more easy, just as simple as Drag and Drop. But, Now I wish to ...
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Game development Blogs [closed]

What are good game development/design blogs to follow? Please one blog per answer (make sure to provide a link) and give a brief summary as to the content of the blog posts. If you can, pick a ...
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Level Design Tips [closed]

What are some pitfalls or pieces of good advice when designing levels or maps for a (presumeably 3D but not necessarily) game?
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What should a game have in order to keep humans playing it?

In many entertainment professions there suggestions, loose rules, or general frameworks one follows that appeal to humans in one way or another. For instance, many movies and books follow the ...
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Custom Content Package for Files

I am about to purchase quite a few model packs from a website for prototyping my game. In the contract it states that I must protect them as to prevent the public from gaining access to them. I ...
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Programming a climbing system like tomb raider

I was wondering if anyone knew or had knowledge of how to program a climbing system like the one found in tomb raider/uncharted. I had thought of just having bounding boxes at all the climbable ...
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What is “game state?”

The terminology "game state" is a bit vague to me. Could anybody clarify what is included in the game state, please? Is it a state of all the variables and objects within the game at particular ...
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Factors to consider when building an algorithm for gun recoil

What would be a good algorithm for calculating the recoil of a shooting guns cross-hairs? What I've got now, is something like this: Define min/max recoil based on weapon size Generate random ...
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How do you prevent inflation in a virtual economy?

With your typical MMORPG, players can usually farm the world for raw materials essentially forever. Monsters/mineral veins/etc are usually on some sort of respawn timer, so other than time there ...
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How to deal with (bad?) player suggestions

Every game which builds a community while still being in active development will soon be confronted with players who post suggestions for new features on its forum. Most of these suggestions, however: ...
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How do you come up with ideas for new games? [closed]

What is the best way in your opinion to find new ideas for games? I want to invent something really new (like Gish, World of Goo, Crayon Physics etc), but I'm having problems coming up with new, ...
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Approaching the Fun Factor in Game Design

As designers there has to be some ways you've approached establishing the 'fun-factor' in your games. You've likely done something in one game that may very well transfer into the future games you've ...
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Is there a site where people discuss game concepts and questions in general? [closed]

I like making game concepts for fun, as a hobby. I don't think that all my game concepts are amazingly awesome and have to be created and would revolutionize the industry. I just want some people to ...
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The Physics behind 2D Platformer Games? [closed]

Is there any good book or tutorial that explains the physics behind creating a 2D Platformer game? Such as tile rendering, tile map reading, collision detection, camera movement etc.?
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How can I design an effective game object interaction scheme with a component-based architecture?

This is a design question... I'm sure this could be generalized more, but I'm having a hard time with it. I am wondering about design for game object interactions - here is my example (2D puzzle-...
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Unit Testing a C#/XNA Game Project

I have been dabling in game development since I started programming, but never very seriously. I work as a business app developer, but I'm working on some games in my spare time. In the business ...
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GamePlay Patent

Do you know any patents of GamePlay model? I mean behavior between User as Player and the System? In another words Patent of GamePlay rules. For example "when player's character dies -> the system ...
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Time based movement Vs Frame rate based movement?

I'm new to Game programmming and SDL, and I have been following Lazyfoo's SDL tutorials. My question is related to time based motion and frame rate based motion, basically which is better or ...
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Culling for a 2D, platformer game?

By culling, I mean, only rendering what is currently seen by the camera. In my game, nothing is tile based. Each object has a center point and that is where it is on the screen. The camera is ...
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Make objects follow a strict path (Xna)

I am making a defence game. Naturally, this means that there needs to be objects following a path on the screen. I want to make it a strict path from one point to another to another. I could use an ...
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What concepts are there for interactive water?

I want water to be a gameplay object in my game. The player should be able to take in in a bucket and tip it out somewhere in the world. Water should flow in some way so that it can be used to build ...
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Developing an ELO like point system for a multiplayer gaming site

I'm currently working on a gaming site where users will submit virtual players for different games, like Chess, Nash, Backgammon, Go, etc. The idea is that users don't compete themselves, but through ...
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Handling Different Aspect Ratios for a Multiplayer Game

I'm currently designing a competitive 2D, side-scrolling multiplayer game and I want support full screen play at any aspect ratio (e.g., 4:3, 5:4, 16:10, 16:9). Doing that is not so much a problem, my ...
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How to utilize miniMax algorithm in Checkers game

I am sorry...as there are too many articles about it.But I can't simple get this. I am confused in the implementation of AI. I have generated all possible moves of computer's type pieces. Now I can't ...
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Recommended method towards making custom maps for a 2d game?

I am planning on making a 2D game, however different from my last personal projects I want this one to have enhanced graphics, with custom-designed levels. My previous 2d platformers were tile-based, ...
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Android Game Dev: Screen Scaling

This question is very closely related to a previous question of mine: Scaling a game view with letterboxes? My game runs at 480x800 right now but when the screen is smaller or bigger than that I ...
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What is an optimum failure rate that will keep people coming back to my game?

I'm guessing some research has been done into this but I can't find much information. The question might be a bit too vague in itself as it depends on so many other factors. I'm developing a puzzle ...
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How to know when your game concept is simply not fun and to stop

I'm a new hobbyist game developer but have yet to come up with something original that I found to be really fun. The hardest part I find about game development is this: You have an idea that in your ...
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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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Turn-based strategy games where action happens in real-time?

Okay, this idea has come up for the 3rd time in conversation now, and it's been bugging me for years. The idea is a game where all players make decisions/issue orders to units while the game is in a ...
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How can I avoid having many singletons in my game architecture?

I use cocos2d-x game engine for creating games. The engine already uses many singletons. If someone used it, then they should be familiar with some of them: Director SimpleAudioEngine ...
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MMORPG design for time-limited players

I believe that there is a significant market of players who would enjoy the exploration and interaction aspects of MMORPGs, but simply don't have the time for the endless grinding marathons which are ...
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(RPGs) Drop table design

I guess this question pertains more to games like MMO and Diablo-like games. What are the usual designs for implementing a drop table, where a monster could drop different type of items depending on ...
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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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Designing a game - Where to start? [closed]

A friend of mine and I are planning a game together to work on in our free time. It's not an extensive game, but it's not a simple one either. He's working on the story behind the game while I'm ...
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Where to start learning OpenGL with C++? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some good learning resources for OpenGL? I have learnt C++ and made some cool text based games and such but I would love to start graphical programming. I'm a ...