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

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How to create character avatars without lots of artwork?

I am writing a mafia RPG game where it is required to hire "goons" to be part of your family, I have about 10 "goon" avatars/artwork (+ retina) already and am hitting a problem. The problem is that ...
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Practical balance of “chance” video game mechanics

I've been a small games developer and designer for years, and I've recently begun working on more serious design documents for bigger projects. A common theme I'm running in to is imbalance when it ...
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Java: Standing Animation

I've been working on a top-down, and the player already has animations for moving left and right. However, if I move a certain distance and stop, it will stop on the walking animation, which isn't ...
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Web sites with famous game information? [closed]

Is there any website containing informations related with some famous game? For information I mean how to calculate damage in a rpg for example, or how they've set camera and other tips like this! ...
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Best way to design a negotiation deal?

I'm currently coding a heavily text-based RPG game which requires you to do deals with characters or suppliers in the game, sometimes the deals are good/bad. Currently the way I'm doing it is that, ...
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RPG and human psychology

Is there any book or article that describe interaction of RPG elements and human psychology? For example: what will be more popular and attracting for people - linear function of experience per level ...
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Character progression through leveling, skills or items?

I'm working on a design for an RPG game, and I'm having some doubts about the skill and level system. I'm going for a more casual, explorative gaming experience and so thought about lowering the game ...
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Introducing generic commands in text-based interactive fiction game

Writing a compact text-adventure engine I was thinking about possible commands a player could use. For each location i have special commands described in the text but what about generic commands like ...
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Collision Detection/Map Management in RPG

I'm making an rpg game. I have a Grid class which takes a char[][] to create tiles. The way I'm currently doing collision detection is by creating a Player and assigning it the grid it should be ...
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Creating Gun objects with upgrades? [duplicate]

I have a series of guns in my game. I use the Gun class/object like this: (Just an example) @interface Gun : NSObject { NSString *name; // Six-shooter NSNumber *cost; NSNumber ...
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Movement in RPG

I want to make an RPG game in which I move tile by tile. So when I hit up, the tile row that I am on decreases by one for example. Also, it's supposed to be a slow movement so that I can see the ...
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How can I keep track of a battle log on a web game?

Recently I started working on a Web turn-based PvP RPG game. Now I'm working on the battle system but I encountered some issues: How can I keep track of everything that happens in the battle? It ...
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Calculating an experience formula

I'm having trouble working out a formula using this experience curve to get the total exp after each level. I bet its easy and im just over thinking it. maxlvl = 10; increment = 28; baseexp = 100; ...
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What's the best way to keep battle log in a browser based game written in PHP?

I've searched for it, but I couldn't find any question about this. I'm working on a game where PvP fights are possible. The game is written in PHP/MySQL. What I want to implement is to save all the ...
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Advice on a PHP RPG System

I am looking to make a php/mysql/javascript based rpg on a site. I am trying to figure out the best method when it comes to items, quests, etc. For instance should I make classes for each item type ...
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Timer for pop up text in XNA

I am making an xna game which contains turn-based RPG battle elements. Any good game that features turn-based battle has to have a good feedback to the user. For example, When my guy attacks, there ...
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Turn-based JRPG battle system architecture resources

The past months I've been busy programming a 2D JRPG (Japanese-style RPG) in C++ using the SDL library. The exploration mode is more or less done. Now I'm tackling the battle mode. I have been unable ...
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2D RPG - Character sprite size bigger than tile size

Ok so I'm trying to make a nice little RPG game in Java & Slick2D engine, the tiles are 16x16, so the collision array is also 16x16, how ever my character sprite is 16x20 What would be the best ...
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class diagrams / design for an adventure game (rooms, objects, inventory)?

Any links to existing design (e.g. class diagrams, database ER diagrams) for a basic adventure game - i.e. that has the aspects of: rooms/locations (which you move between) objects which you collect ...
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Visually coding rpg dialog trees

I am currently using XML to create my dialog trees in my rpg, but doing this by hand for hundreds of different discussions can get very tedious very fast. I was wondering if there is any way I can ...
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Ideas for time-keeping in a webbased RPG?

I'm assigned a task of doing the preliminary research stuff for a web-based MMO RPG. Now my buggiest problem here is "web based" vs "MMO RPG". I did some research about time keeping systems and I'm ...
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(XNA) What's a Good Database Program for a Turn-Based RPG?

I'll begin by saying that I feel my level of expertise matters here, and so I have about a year worth of experience as a programmer in the C# language and most of the .NET framework as a whole, but ...
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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 ...