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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 design components for tile-based movement in an RPG using ECS

I'm trying to re-write a small game of mine using ECS mostly for educational purposes and to see if it fits top-down RPG games in the style of Pokemon (gameboy). Since everything is tile based, ...
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Passive skill for balanced race / faction

I'm currently working on an RPG game project. I’m out of ideas on how to properly set race skills in the RPG. In the game, three different races exist: Human – Balanced starting stats, active skills ...
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How can I prevent/balance waiting and turtling as a response to cooldown mechanics

I'm working on a turn-based RPG with classes. I want one of the spellcaster classes to have standard magic points, but another to have abilities with time limitations, one or more of Use ability ...
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How to store relations between NPCs?

For an RPG I want to generate a world with lots of NPCs, and the NPCs all have relations to eachother. They can be eachothers parents, children, siblings, friends, bosses, lovers, lieges, vassals, etc....
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Turn-based battle mechanics with balance of HP and damage [closed]

(Major rewrite to be more specific) Scenario I'm prototyping a turn-based battle system. The theme is survival in a despaired setting with conflicting interests: 2 players, attacker and defender ...
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Game Mechanics for character development in an RPG

I recently asked a question here on a different stack about how to write strong characters given the limitations of the RPG genre. After all, even in an RPG, which is somewhat story friendly, many ...
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How would I create a multiplayer game owning a server?

I'm using gamemaker studio 2 to create an RPG, at the moment it's only single player but I would ideally like to make it multiplayer if possible. I've done a bit of research but all the information ...
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How can I reward dungeon masters that take risks?

I am working on a MORPG project featuring essentially two major roles: adventurers and dungeon masters. My concern is about balancing the two roles. For those who have heard of it, the principle is ...
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Why do RPGs let you know how much XP you need to level up?

I was reading this article called Behavioral Game Design, and it says: ...how do we make players maintain a high, consistent rate of activity? ... the answer is a variable ratio schedule, one where ...
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How to calculate suitable attack speed

I'm developing an RPG and am stuck trying to create a formula for attack speed, using four stats and a base speed. Basically, I'm trying to get an outcome where the encumbrance (basically weight and ...
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Map generator sometimes doesn't work

I am making a dungeon map generator and am currently trying to make it place empty rooms. It first checks if the space is empty and then places a room. The problem is that most of the times it ...
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Help me adjust this RPG logarithmic leveling formula! [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a formula that's fits the way I want my player to gain experience and level up. I know this is primarily opinion based but I hope someone can help me! I've used the following ...
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RPG quest system

So I have made a small RPG where you can create char, update skills, buy items, fight other users etc. Now to make the game more extended I need quests. And I need a little bit of help here. Right ...
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Need help deciding on an ability system in Unity

I'm making an RPG and got to the point where I want a player to be able to use abilities. I decided to use a command pattern to keep keybindings flexible and now I've arrived with the following ...
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Are there any formulas/algorithms that could allow level to decide how many dice can be used for a roll?

See, I'm trying to work on an cRPG system and I want a formula or algorithm I guess, where the level affects how many dice can be rolled for any action (in addition to a default number of dice and ...
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Player Object is interacting backwards, how do I fix it?

So when my player interacts with an object which the key is right click. For some reason I have no idea for the player model walks backwards. There isn't any error in the console but it is really ...
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How do I make a quest requiring a certain number of a specific item?

I'm trying to create a quest (in RPG Maker MV) where the player has to collect 35 berries. But when I go to create the conditional branch, this is what I see: It does not let me add a number limit, ...
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Time based events separate from the game loop

How can set up time elapsed based events separate from the game loop? I want the character to heal over real time rather than per cycle of the game loop. How might i do that?
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c++ text rpg loading rooms/mobs

So for practice and as a learning exercise i foolishly decided to make a text based rpg on my phone using the c4droid ide. ive done well and have learned a lot. So far you can create a new character ...
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RPG Item Design [duplicate]

I'm currently fiddling around with some RPG mechanics and I'm trying to implement a solid way to handle items that have different on use effects. Currently, I have a base class called "Item" that ...
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Trouble creating a "Game Log" for a text-based RPG

I've made significant progress porting my game from print-output to Pygame over the last few days, and I think I'm almost there! Unfortunately, I'm beginning to suspect one of the methods I'm using ...
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Class for each specific item in an RPG, or use a factory?

I had a question regarding the best way to have items in my RPG game. Currently I have a class structure in which everything inherits from GameObject. Item inherits GameObject. Armour Inherits Item. ...
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Simple determining starting experience and to next lvl experience for RPG

I'm a very simple minded person and don't understand how algebraic functions translate into programming, but I'm trying to create a simple lvling system. In previous threads I read equasions like "...
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Is my skill tree possible, balanced, or even a good idea? [closed]

Like most people, I have an idea for a game. I have a particular concept I want to create with a particular set of mechanics I want to implement. What I need help with is the underlaying player ...
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What kinds of conflict-resolution can be fun beyond combat in an RPG?

As someone who grew up on the single-digit Final Fantasy games and AD&D, there are few ways of solving an rpg problem as fun as a fight. Different streams of accomplishment (object acquisition/...
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Should items in an RPG be hardcoded or loaded in some other way?

Should static weapons (ie.. Iron Sword, Mythril Axe) be their own (static) classes that derive from something like ItemWeapon, which itself is derived from a ...
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How do you use these kind of rpg ground tileset ?

Searching about some tilesets for a little RPG game, I've often found these kind of tileset : Their structure are special, there is two upper tile and 4 others for the same material. I understand ...
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Parallel Storylines - Underused Francise Characters

One Hero Rule: Video games have only one protagonist. Example: in an rpg, party members are not seen in a field map, or they just follow you. Their role is "cannon fodder" tier, meaning who the hell ...
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How do I discourage "loot from party members who are about to leave" behavior?

In my RPG, I have companion characters that can potentially leave the party. A behavior I have witnessed among testers is something that I think many RPGs deal with, namely that players will strip the ...
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Making sure my users don't fake that they've completed a task I can not verify electronically?

I hope this is worded alright, I didn't know how else to describe it. I'm developing a game that has the user set their own "missions" that take place in real life. A simple example would be "Smile at ...
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Programming Action RPG Battle system

My best goal atm is just make one 1vs1 battle with no animations more than something which makes me realize the attack is done. I'm learning C and Xlib, and now I know how to put an image in a window ...
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Good ways to implement cutscenes in 2d RPG

I want to know of some different ways to implement cutscenes in a 2D RPG game with SDL2 and C++. My current idea is creating different functions in different files for different cutscenes and running ...
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How do I implement Pokemon-style moves?

I'm developing a Pokémon/classic Final Fantasy inspired game, in the sense that game play consists in many creatures, possessing many moves with different effects (attacking, healing, buffing, ...
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How to create a non-inflationary player progress system (RPG)?

As an ambitious RPG gamer, I've often came to the conclusion that something's off. You're fighting your way through a dungeon, loot some chests, fullfill some side quests to get the rewards and start ...
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Make a place or city feel crowded in procedural generated worlds

I have thought about this while thinking about a game concept, but it should be applicable to many game types. Imagine an RPG or something else with an open-world. Normally you would want to populate ...
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Is it legal to use formulas from a professional game?

The Pokémon series uses a total of 5 different formulas to determine how much experience is required to get to the next level. Likewise, in RPG games, each character has a formula for determining when ...
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How do I get players to say "no" when they are afraid of missing out on sidequests or XP?

In my RPG, I have a companion NPC who is overconfident in his abilities and lacks self-control. I wanted to create a few situations where the player needs to reign them in and tell them "no"....
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How to design a damage formula in an RPG which keeps weapons with different attack speeds balanced?

I'm making a mobile rpg game, an infinite one where there is a loot system like Diablo 3. Weapons have attack and speed, armor pieces have a resistance value (not percentage). The formula I'm using ...
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Will the inclusion of LGBT characters in my game detract from possible sales? [closed]

As we all know, the inclusion of LGBT characters has been a mighty controversial topic in recent film and literature (Beauty and the Beast probably being the premier example). Some love it with every ...
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LWJGL—How to Animate and Render Characters Using a Sprite Sheet

I'm making an RPG similar to Super Nintendo RPGs in the early '90s. I'm handling movement much like Squaresoft's Final Fantasy IV. Notice that the player never actually changes his x and y positions ...
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Managing complicated RPG character data

For a detailed survival RPG, the data that needs to be managed can easily become overwhelming if approached in an ad hoc manner. First, you may want to do away with HP and instead have a system of ...
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Attack Algorithm/Forula [closed]

So I'm making a simple RPG game and I'm currently stuck on creating an attacking module for it. I need to create a simple attack algorithm but I'm really not very good at it. Each character has 3 ...
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LWJGL—How to Animate Sprites from a Sprite Sheet Using Certain Keys? [duplicate]

I'm talking here about walking animations and such for a 16-bit RPG. I have a simple sprite sheet that contains walking animations for all directions (up, left, down, and right), but I'm having ...
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Question about creating Enemies in C++ RPG

I don't know if this is Technically the right place to ask this but I need help designing a function, I need a Rubber Duck if you would. I'm working on an Enemy class for my C++ RPG and I am in need ...
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remove sudden upward & downward jerk from camera

I have a scene with low poly assets & NavMesh enabled for character navigation. When player climbs the bridge there's a sudden upward jerk in camera. Also, when the player comes down, there's a ...
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Collision detection with isometric tiles stored in rectangular files

So I'm working with a player moving across a grid of isometric tiles. Each tile is stored in a .png file. I have a class that crops out BufferedImages from different sprite sheets and initializes them ...
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How can I control two events at once?

I am trying to make a doorway that is 2 tiles high. I have created an item called, Door Key. But I want both event tiles To hide or remove when I use the ...
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Designing RPG player classes, and the trend to avoid a Priest or Cleric RPG class [closed]

From my experience, RPG classes ("hero" or "villain" types) are often divided into four categories: 1. Mage 2. Priest 3. Rogue 4. Warrior However, there are quite a few popular RPGs that ignore ...
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Skill system in turn-based board-like RPG [closed]

I'm working on the implementation of a turn-based board RPG (like Descent: Journeys in the Dark) to improve my C++ skills and learn something about game-dev. I have already done with general stuff, ...
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Storing quests for an online RPG in a MySQL database

I'm creating an online RPG game and I've been looking around for a way to save players' progressions in quests in MySQL. I've been looking at Pim Jager's answer answer for a while and I've come to the ...
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