Role playing game. A game where the player assumes a character or role, that evolves through story or character development.

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need to create formulas for stat, level progression etc. What tools will help the not-mathematically-literate?

I want to create some of the fundamental guideline formulas for a game I am working on. I am following on from sirlin's advice in that I am starting with some assumptions and working back from there. ...
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Making an RPG - Is RPG Maker VX ok or a bad idea?

Two friends and I are planning to make a FFIV-VI style RPG (generally speaking, we have some unique ideas for mechanics, setting, etc.), but none of us are programmers (two of us are otherwise very ...
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How should I structure moving from overworld to menu system / combat?

I'm making a text-based "Arena" game where the player is the owner of 5 creatures that battle other teams for loot, experience and glory. The game is very simple, using Python and a curses emulator. ...
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Java ~ RPG Game Qs: Music, Inventory, Inv Checker, Array of Weapon List and Calculations [closed]

I am here again to ask how to implement these things on my rpg game...but before that, have you ever heard of the game engine called Legendary Tales? It is like Inform but there is a better GUI and ...
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How do RPG store and retrieve maps?

I'm making a very basic online RPG (2d, and instead sprites I use characters, like a roguelike) and I still haven't figured out how to store and retrieve maps. Until now I used a text file that's ...
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Efficient Isometric 2.5D Game Engines?

I want to make a game (turn-based RPG) that looks very similar to Bastion. Here is what I need to implement: -> The overworld is 2d, with an isometric view. The graphics would in no way be rendered ...
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RPG hit/miss formula

Ive been developing an RPG for sometime, and its far enough now where I need to get some formulas down for attacking and whatnot. What Im looking to understand is a basic hit and miss formula based on ...
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Designing Collision Detection for 2D Rectangular Adventure/RPG

TLDR: I'm looking for an efficient way to detect collisions between irregular/small objects that are not a full tile size (like small cans) and a free-moving character in a 2D game. I'm planning to ...
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NoSQL (CouchDB) database design for MMORPGs

Are there any pratical examples of database implementation for an MMORPG in CouchDB? Even a detailed thesis? I've looked but found very little on practical examples and not even find any good UML ...
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How to create adjustable formula for RPG level up requirements?

I'm trying to create a formula that can be modified simply by changing two values: number_of_levels, and last_level_experience. This is to enable people modding the game to change the levelling ...
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Best Frameworks/libraries/engines for 2D multiplayer C# Webbased RPG [closed]

Title is a mouthful but important because I'm looking to meet a specific criteria and it's complex enough that I need a lot of help in finding what I'm looking for. I really want people's suggestions ...
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Is it legal to develop a game using D&D rules?

For a while now I've been thinking about trying my hand at creating a game similar in spirit and execution to Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale and offshoots. I'd rather not face the full bulk of work in ...
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Need guidelines for quest xp and reward balancing

Where would I look to get guidelines for how much XP and gold/items to give as rewards for quests? The following is the algorithm I'm using to determine the XP needed for each level: /** This starts ...
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How to handle multiple story threads in a RPG game?

I designed an RPG game that has multiple story threads, meaning that, depending on the user's choice some things may or may not happen, you can achieve the same thing in several ways, the ending can ...
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C# Top down movement limitation

I'm using C# and Visual Studios 2010 with XNA 4.0+lua, and my teacher has asked us to make a 2D RPG game similar to zelda(top down). I was aiming to use just one image for each map region, instead of ...
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Checking for Weapon Collision in a 2D overhead RPG game

I'm starting development on a 2D overhead RPG game, and am wondering what the best approach for handling weapon collision and dealing damage to enemies is. I'm currently using a basic ...
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How can I have my game engine track player history?

I'm in the very early stages of designing a browser-based text RPG. The project is basically just something I'm doing for fun and as a learning experience. I'm starting to wrap my head around the ...
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What is the best mechanism for controlling a character in a 2D Android game?

Im developing a 2D RPG for Android where the character can move up, down, left, and right like in top-down RPGs like Pokemon. What is the best input mechanism to use to control the character? A ...
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How to design player attribute updates in persistent game worlds?

Take a game with a persistent state that can continue even when players are not online. E.g. your player enters into a fight and loses some health points which are replenished 1 point every five ...
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C++ Role-Playing Design Best-Practices/Suggestions?: [closed]

Foreword: I have worked extensively with Java, but less with C++. I have an understanding of the general language and how it differs from Java, but could really use some help here. Additionally, ...
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Level Creating Help

I am making a little 2d overhead RPG type game just for fun. I have almost all the basic stuff set up, but I just need a little help on level creation. I can already make a level and place each tile ...
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RPG Monster-Area, Spawn, Loot table Design

I currently struggle with creating the database structure for my RPG. I got so far: tables: area (id) monster (id, area.id, monster.id, hp, attack, defense, name) item (id, some other values) loot ...
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Looking for a good technique for character movement in hack&slash game

I'm making hack&slash game and I want my characters move like for example in Torchlight, Diablo, etc. Currently I generate set of nodes for all walkable areas of a floor. When I click somewhere ...
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Advice on game architecture/design patterns

I've been working on a 2d RPG for awhile now, and I've come to realize I've made some bad design decisions. Theres a few things in particular that are causing me problems, so I was wondering what sort ...
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How to store character moves (sprite animations)?

So I'm thinking about making a small rpg, mainly to test out different design patterns I've been learning about. But the one question that I'm not too sure on how to approach is how to store an array ...
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Job title for a roleplaying event gamemaster in an online RPG?

I'm considering creating a position in an online RPG where the responsibilities would mainly involve conceiving roleplaying-oriented events and plotlines and executing on them using developer tools ...
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What data structure should I use for a Diablo/WoW-style talent tree?

I'm considering implementing a talent-tree system for an online RPG, similar to that seen in World of Warcraft, where acquiring a skill unlocks the next "tier" beneath it in the tree. Does anyone ...
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Strategies for monster targeting AI in a turn-based combat system

I am making a Final Fantasy-style battle system. I have a random generator that select the monsters move when it is their turn; different moves have different chances to be performed. I also have ...
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Loading data for an RPG

I'm creating a small text RPG as a way to practice python and I'm running into a question about how to load data. The game is a wild west game, though that isn't too relevant, and I need to store ...
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How to create a realistic 2D Role-Playing game collision detection?

I’ve always wanted to create an old-fashionned 2D Role-Playing Game like Star Ocean, Final Fantasy, Sword of Mana and even the “Tales of” series, and I guess a lot of people do. But before even ...
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Cost of game development and maintenance of an MMORPG

I am doing a project and I have a few questions about game development/maintenance costs. For a MMORPG like Second Life, how much does it cost to develop and maintain? Maintain as in servers' ...
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Plot and Story design basics

I have made several games but they have all been space invaders or mario style. Following my last question (thank you for all the great answers) I am trying to write out a plot line and a plan for ...
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What should “own” the battle state in combat between the player and NPCs?

I have a Map, a Tile, NPCs and the Player. When a player enters a tile in the map, a moveTo event is fired, which calls for any NPCs associated with that tile to be "activated". Those NPCs may be ...
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Balancing Player vs. Monsters: Level-Up Curves

I've written a fair number of games that have RPG-like "levelling up," where the player gains experience for killing monsters/enemies, and eventually, reaches a new level, where their stats increase. ...
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Method of terrain in a 3d RPG

I am working on a RPG using the JMonkey engine. While I was conceptualizing the map, I realized I would have a problem with the terrain. My problem is this: I want to have a click to move interface, ...
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What NPC gets attacked first when attacking an NPC party in an RPG?

Let's say I am in a battle with four trolls, and I have the highest initiative, so I attack first. Should I randomly choose a troll to attack? Proximity to each troll does not matter (it is not a ...
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Reusable skill class structure

Pretty new to the whole game development scene, but I have experience in other branches of programming. Anyway, I was wondering what methods are used to implement a skill structure. I imagine a skill ...
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Turn-Based RPG Battle Instance Layout For Larger Groups

What a title, eh? I'm currently designing a videogame; a turn-based RPG like Final Fantasy (because everybody knows Final Fantasy). It's a 2D sprite game. These are my ideas for combat: The player ...
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Which game engine is ideal for a 3D RPG? [closed]

I am thinking about making a small RPG. I know some basics of openGL, but I do not want create my own engine. My criteria are: Ease of use Can do rpg game 3D Which game engine is ideal for a 3D ...
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Java enum pairs / “subenum” or what exactly?

I have an RPG-style Item class and I stored the type of the item in enum (itemType.sword). I want to store subtype too (itemSubtype.long), but I want to express the relation between two data type ...
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Need 3D RPG development library/framework recommendations

I’m currently planning to develop an RPG. It will be a project I do in my free time. No pres-sure behind it. I’ll probably be doing it together with a friend and it’s just supposed to be a fun ...
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Top Down RPG Movement w/ Correction?

I would hope that we have all played Zelda: A Link to the Past, please correct me if I'm wrong, but I want to emulate that kind of 2D, top-down character movement with a touch of correction. It has ...
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How do I tackle top down RPG movement?

I have a game that I am writing in Java. It is a top down RPG and I am trying to handle movement in the world. The world is largely procedural and I am having a difficult time tackling how to handle ...
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RPG Item processing

I started working on an item system for my (first) game, and I'm having a problem conceptualizing how it should work. Since Items can produce a bunch of potentially non-standard actions (revive a ...
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Using idle time in turn-based (RPG) games for updating

If you take any turn based RPG game there will be large periods of time when nothing is happening because the game is looping over 'wait_for_player_input'. Naturally it seems sensible to use this time ...
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Recommended RPG game that can be used to learn game Modding? [closed]

I would like to learn game development via game modding. RPG/MMORPG is one of my favorite genres. Could someone recommend me a good and recent ( I would like to play the game as well) game to learn ...
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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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What are some tried-and-true combat models?

I'm thinking about starting a text-based RPG game using Javascript (Similar to a text adventure, but with a much more refined item/fighting system). I've had some experience with playing RPG games, ...
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Battle Mechanics Planning

I have two RPG battle mechanic ideas that I am working on, before starting writing code (the engine is undecided), how should I plan the details of it? Should I draw and write on paper? or should I ...
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How to properly multi thread an RPG

I am working on an RPG type game in Java and I would like to know a few things relating to threading, What is the best way to implement a "wait for this then do this" without hanging the whole ...