Questions tagged [game-design]

Game Design is the process of deciding the rules and mechanics of a game, and solving balancing problems to achieve the intended play experience. For questions about design of software code, use the Architecture or Algorithm tags instead. Likewise, questions about visual design should use Art tags.

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How to prevent crafting costs and selling prices to converge in economies?

There is a pattern in player driven economies, where the production (or crafting) costs and the selling prices of items converge to a point where the profit margin becomes minuscule or even negative. ...
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Cyclone LED gaming code HOW TO HELP?

I am very new to programming. For a project I decided to make a game of cyclone using some LEDs,a push button, and a raspberry pi. I researched how to at least start on the game, but the problem that ...
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How would one implement having a total set of TCG cards vs the specific instances of said cards in a player's deck, hand, field, etc?

For example, let's say in total there may be 5 cards that are in the game, let's use: Axe-thrower (3-cost, Creature, 5 Power, 3 Defense, Rush ability) Ice Elemental (2-cost, Creature, 2 Power, 5 ...
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How to prevent players from using save/load tactics in Roguelike games?

Players can achieve the expected results through continuous saving and loading in rogue-like games. I am try to reduce this method as much as possible, but don't want to keep players from trial and ...
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Balance advantage of having the first turn

I'm developing a game in which two players compete for area domination. Each player can play four moves per turn, ideally conquering four tiles. Edit: Here a little more detail on the mechanics: Each ...
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What colour space or mixing algorithm should I use for “watercolor-like” colour mixing in-game?

I want to make a game where the player creates potions out of coloured ingredients, and I think the RGB or HSV colour spaces would be confusing for players expecting (red + yellow = orange, red + blue ...
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How do I get rights to an game? [duplicate]

I' looking to get rights to an game called Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the Nintendo DS. I am a Nintendo 3DS Developer trying to make a remastered version for the Nintendo 3DS. How would I go ...
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Good taunt attack design

I'm making a turn based rpg and I have an attack allows for a party member to draw an enemy's focus towards it for a set number of turns. I feel an attack that draws all aggression from enemies is ...
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How to avoid a boring late game in strategy games while still keeping victories satisfying?

A common thing I've noticed in strategy games (of all types, 4X, RTS, MOBA, etc.) is that most games eventually get to a point where it is fairly clear who is going to win, and the rest of the game ...
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Velocity and drag in unity

So I have an object that is bouncing around the screen randomly, physics still works on it so it will speed up or slow down depending on what it hit and when. To try to normalize the speed I want to ...
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How can I make my race game fair with all players and keep it climatic?

I'm making a minigame where up to 5 players have to race against AI or another player(the "enemy"). The race consists of prompts, the current player is asked to press a key in a given amount of time ...
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What are some game design YoutTube channels? [closed]

I already follow quite a few game design channels like Writing On Games or Game Maker's Toolkit, and would love to find/follow some more.
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Maths and basics for a 2d top down game (object moving and rotating around center)

I want to eventually create a pseudo 3d game engine like the original Wolfenstein or doom. I am starting from 0 so my first step is to create a 2d top down view where my character would be in the ...
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Help resolve territory acquisition design difference of opinion in MMO RTS

TL;DR: My business partner and I disagree about how to implement "territory acquisition" in an MMO RTS we are close to (alpha) launching: My view: Small squares (5m edge) that get larger as you "...
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Unusual leveling up mechanism? [closed]

About player leveling up, most (or maybe all..?) RPG games are like this: Kill enemies (for experience points) Level up (for more attack power) Repeat It's fun in the low levels, but later, it gets ...
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How to Store AI Knowledge about the Game-World for AI Decision Making

I have a game-world with a fair amount of AI that have some Senses, like vision, hearing, touch, smell, etc. But I'm not sure how to put that information in a single place for the individual AI to ...
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Can letting players take resources from others prevent inflation despite the lack of money sinks?

For a long time I've been idly thinking about a competitive game with strong collection elements with such a rule that players will win or lose resources at the expense of each other during each match....
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What is the design rationale for having armor and magic penetration mechanics?

It seems to me that the penetration stat found in many games adds needless complexity and often is not easily understood. It is obvious to a player that if they are taking a lot of damage, then they ...
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What's an acceptable delay between a player's action and the effects of the action being visible?

So, I'm creating a game where all the systems push events onto the event queue. Those events are then dispatched at the start of the next frame. This works fine, but there are some situations where ...
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How do I model / diagram turn-based combat?

I'm developing a turn-based combat system for an RPG, and I'd like to know if there is any kind of best practice around diagrammatically modelling something like this. The ideal modelling paradigm ...
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If a MMORPG does not have a limit on the number of players, will all players eventually focus on the same server?

Consider a WOW-like MMORPG game. The only difference between it and WOW is that there is no limit on the number of players (Suppose that there is no limit on hardware performance and network bandwidth)...
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Best strategy when player left the online multiplayer game

I have developed a online multiplayer HTML5 card game. This game can be played by four players. Now I am having this confusion on what to do when a player left the game in the middle. Possible ...
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Can i make a Game for play store on my own [closed]

I am not sure what i am asking for. Sorry if this question look stupid. I love to play games on android and pc . Some times very cool ideas strike me , but i don't know what to do with them. and ...
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some questions about game development [closed]

I'm a web developer, I also love games, but I really don't know anything about game development. Recently I've decided to write an outline document about an idea. I've got a few questions to get me ...
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How to create characters randomly with a given skill and weighted abilites

I am trying to create random characters in my game. Each character has 33 abilities and one of 6 jobs. For each job you need to skill/increase other abilities. I am calculating an overall skill (...
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Can polishing the GUI be ever considered a part of making the MVP?

I've read and watched about the MVP: Minimum Viable Product for RTS game? What should be created first in a video game? And of course the video everything on the subject links to I'm trying to apply ...
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Modeling complex requirements for populating loot/drop tables

I have a set of items and a data structure that describes where and how those items may be dropped. I'm looking to implement a roguelike/randomizer element to the game and want to include the special ...
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How to know if a game concept is “different enough”? [duplicate]

For the past year or so, I've been designing a top-down zombie shooter game. However, after playing a 2d top-down battle royale game, it's given me inspiration to build a similar game. The graphics ...
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How should I structure the layout and saving system of my game concept?

I am a huge fan of Minecraft and (to an extent) Terraria. I’ve always wanted to make my own version of that type of Creative sandbox game, and recently I’ve been thinking of so many things I could add ...
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What are the reasons to reset MMR and introduce seasons?

I have a game with a ranked mode that keeps track of MMR. Players have been asking me to have "seasons" so we can reset it and help people who are "stuck in ELO hell" climb better. My thought is ...
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How to start building the racing levels in unity? [closed]

I had an idea of making more fun less redundantly designed level for a racing game, i have core mechanics and ui of the game sorted out but i m confused where to begin with the levels and how do i ...
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Does 2D Platformer games still have popularity among gamers? [closed]

I'm currently working on a 2D platformer game that i wanted to put out as my first game but seeing the popularity of other games made by Voodoo and others are quite distressing and made me ask myself ...
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Switching from software Engineer to Game developer [closed]

I don't know if this is the right place to ask this. I've been working as a software engineer for 3.5 years so far, mostly web apps, mobile apps, web pages in banking systems, educational, etc but I ...
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Why do games suggest you take a break?

A lot of games will suggest you take breaks from them every 30 minutes or so, I think this is especially common in Nintendo games, but they aren't the only ones to do it. What is the advantage to this?...
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Best way to de-clutter name tags on units in RTS

This is an RTS-MMO mobile game I am building, Each unit has health-bar and name of the unit and owner on top of it and a small circle indicating if the unit is friendly and/or has weapons activated or ...
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How can I fine-tune my movement values in a 2D block-based platformer?

I'm wondering how I can refine player movement/physics values, such as speed and jump height, to make it all work, while allowing the games to be fair and challenging. Is it simply trial and error, or ...
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How should the player unlock things?

Imagine a mobile phone game that is meant to be played in short sessions (5-10 mins). You can choose one out of many characters, and each character slightly alters the way the game plays. Those ...
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NPC Melee fighting movement issue

So i have been struggling with this for ages and I have now decided to reach out for help. The Problem: The game has two NPCs for reference we will call them "Ally" and "Enemy" Ally and Enemy each ...
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Engaging ways to include party members in a fast-paced action RPG

Imagine a dynamic action RPG, where you constantly need to use your reflex to avoid bullets and fight against hordes of enemies. What would be a best way to incorporate other team members? I can think ...
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Should I scale gravity for small objects?

If I am working with objects that are small in real life, but in the Unity world they are scaled larger, should I increase the Gravity with the scale of the objects? For example, if an object of size ...
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How to Prevent Enemy Overlap

I am working on a 2D side-scrolling action platformer. I am currently working on the state logic for my enemies. These are humanoid enemies that walk on the ground They currently have idle, patrol, ...
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How to make App Connectivity with own Development Game from Video Game Consoles? [duplicate]

I am going to develop my own game in near-future for Gaming Consoles and i need to know is it code for App Connectivity or Compatibility with Gaming Consoles?
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stats or profit give away result of game

Think of a coinflip game, whose logic looks as follows: Server sends websocket message (RESULT_MESSAGE) to frontend with result of a game (won/lost) Server sends websocket message to frontend with ...
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How can I easily create/edit a level for a scrolling shooter game?

I've been asking this question over the years many a time, but I still haven't found an answer when i search for one. Now I have slightly more knowledge of how programming is done and want to start ...
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Handling non-automatable, repetitive, game tasks

A problem I'm currently having with a project of mine is deciding how to handle repetitive, but important, in-game tasks. As an example (Though there will be many other instances of this), earlier in ...
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Developing Cartography for Simulated Land Navigation or Orienteering [closed]

Request to know what the best approach for developing a simulated Large 1:75,000 or 1:50,000 scaled map using GODOT or another game engine. My goal would be to create a 3D world that allows the player ...
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Do I have to explain the mechanical superiority of the player-character within the fiction of the game?

For quite a while I wonder how to formulate this concept, which seems to be common, yet barely addressed within games. It is about the concept of player controlled characters (PC) being consistently ...
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Return the success or failure of an event occurring with a given percentage C#

I'm working on a skill based system that does away with the concept of RNG despite player skill. Basically, my concept is this: A player's chance to make something is based on ...
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How to address players struggling with simple controls?

I have an HTML game I built with Phaser 3, and I can't decide what to do with the controls. I've changed them several times, and now I feel like I've hit a sweet spot between usability and fun. ...
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Coding Relationships in Games [closed]

I'm interested in researching coding techniques for coding relationships in games. I'm trying to look for resources, but haven't really come across anything yet. More specifically, in games where ...