Outsourcing an artist can sometimes be the better option for your project for example you can have a musician work on several pieces of music rather than to hire a musician for the entire length of the project. This can … Continue reading
A design right protects a design for up to 10 years after it was first sold or 15 years after it was created. This can be used to prevent other individuals from using your design. The design right only applies for the arrangement of a design but you can register a design to give it more protection and increases your coverage for up to 25 years. Coverage includes;
- Physical shape
In order to register a design it must;
- be a new design
- it must not be offensive
- it must not use protected emblems or flags
- it must not be an invention (This is something you would need a patent for instead)
Although this is similar to copyright, it stands apart from copyright. Copyright can be used to support this such as detailed information to support the design. Within game industry this kind of support could help protect logo designs and could use copyright to help support it. I find this is a good way to give a designer that little bit more protection on their designs.
A patent gives protection over something you have created and allows you to take legal action if necessary if someone tries to copy your idea such as if an individual tries to sell, use or make your product. You need … Continue reading
For this blog post I will discuss how I now go about creating materials for all of my projects. The software I use within my process include Photoshop, Marmoset Toolbag and Quixel suite. Using these different bits of kit will allow me to create a tileable texture which I can generate a normal map, a roughness map and an albedo map.
These are the instructions I follow which I have written into my notebook, following these steps and you will be able to create your maps the same way I have. I have also included how you can enhance your normal maps that little bit more within engine.
Here are two examples of materials I have made. One is with an albedo map, roughness map and a normal map. The other is with the diffuse, roughness map and normal map.
A trademark is a sign, symbol, word or words which are legally registered to distinguish your goods and services from other businesses. The trademark has to be distinctive and help explain what goods you are trying to sell or the … Continue reading
An NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) is a document which helps protect confidental information or information that may be deemed sensitive so in order for that information to stay confidental between two or more parties this document is signed. Some examples of … Continue reading
The current copyright act is The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 and in total there has been three copyright acts within the UK. As mentioned in my previous post, the rights covered within the copyright act include protection of … Continue reading
Intellectual property is the creations of an individual for example a piece of art, a poem or even designs, names and symbols. Pretty much anything which is original content by an individual, although an idea isn’t intellectual property. You have … Continue reading
I have begun to experiment with another Autodesk piece of kit to help me produce my dinosaur who is the playable character within my personal project. I began to explore creating him using 3ds max but I found that I … Continue reading
The video I will be posting notes about is displayed within my blog post so please check it out so then my notes will make sense. I have taken notes about the video and simplified it, but also wrote my own answers to the questions within the video if they were asked to me. These opinions were based of my own thoughts but also the response of others within the video.
Bullet points are taken from the video
Star symbol means my own personal reflection
What are the benefits to design a system rather than using an engine?
- Creating an engine would let you do things that aren’t already available
- Opening possibilities without limiting a players experience
* I personally feel that designing your own system would be better than jumping into an existing engine because although with other engines they are more developed, they may not meet the needs of your game so you would have to manipulate your game to suit what is available. By creating your own system/engine, this means that you can tailor to suit your games needs.
What about hacking games that exist vs creating your own? At what point should this be a new game? This could live within the existing framework.
- Very unique to each situation
- How much do you rely on what’s already out there? How much are you bringing to the table?
- Advancing what is already available, allowing innovation and watching the evolution of what games could be by improving and stretching what’s available that little bit further.
- Be the DM, make alterations where needed in order to suit the need
* I feel like it honestly depends on how much of yourself you project into the game, and what steps you take to alter it. End of the day, adding your own flavor to a game can really change the player experience which would make it a new game completely.
Say you’ve got the idea for creating a design for your game, you have bits and pieces of what you want in your mind, the mechanic ideas kind of there, how do you break it down so you can flesh it out and not have the big picture overwhelm?
- Put it down on paper and start play testing it (Allows you to see gaps and make changes where needed)
- Write down how you would explain and teach the game to someone
- Define what is core and what is extra (Stop yourself from being distracted from the things you want before creating the things you need)
*Currently if I want to start fleshing things out, I would write down the essentials of what I want the game to have and from their I am able to expand into more detail and work the game around what those core values. I would usually start with a key phrase to help explain what my game is and from there jot down what I need to include.
Theme or mechanics first?
- Inspired by themes
- Themes help choose what mechanics you will want
- Mechanics will help create a particular experience in the game play, and to decide on what kind of experience should be then using the theme would help influence that.
*I have always worked with theme first because I feel that the theme would play a big part in deciding which mechanics I would choose to use.
Where do I draw inspiration on?
- Games I dislike
- Look outside of what you are into
- Things that I care about
*I usually draw inspiration on things that I have recently seen within the media or things I know I enjoy. I have never really thought about looking at things I dislike and I feel in the future this will benefit me to look at as it will expand my research and thus giving me a better quality product.
Getting inspiration from other games, what do you consider the greatest challenge for you to translate a board or game mechanic when you translate it into a RPG system?
- There’s a lot of freedom and you can’t predict what a person will do with their character
- Being able to write well to put everyone on the same page
- Don’t leave too much unknown – have some control to lead the players through to the next point.
- Board games have a victory condition, an end. Board games are laid out (1st,2nd,3rd) rpgs create comprehensive rules to cover anything the players throw at you
* I feel as if the biggest challenge would be to keep a player in a state of flow with the game and to aid that player so they can go from point A to B so that everyone can be on the same page but without limiting the RPG experience.
Do you find gaming licenses restrictive? Have you ever worked with a gaming licence? If so has the licences restrictive nature caused you to look elsewhere for a mechanical framework to apply your theme too?
- Restrictive on setting development
- Good communication and keeping client information discrete
- Can be challenging but there is a lot of room to work within the licences
- A lot of responsibility
Is there a good check question that you can keep asking yourself to make sure your design process is on track? Should that question change in different stages of the games development?
- When my player reads this will they be able to do it?
- Why am I designing this game? What experience do I want the player to walk away with?
- Is it fun, Entertaining or engaging?
- I know what I mean but do they know what I mean?
- Are people using this role? Is it coming up in play? If not, is it useful?
- What is happening when mechanic are being used? Are they having the effects I wanted?
*Am I making this overcomplicated and will the player be able to understand what I want them to do?
ALL QUESTIONS ARE ASKED AT EACH STAGE OF THE DEVELOPMENT
How much would you keep a theme general or more recognisable so that people can easily get it vs designing a more in-depth world with its own quirks?
- Starting general then build detail
- Go with quirky, you’ll end up with a smaller product and less to deal with
- Focus more on what you want the players to experience
- Go with quirky so you can be specific, can look at what experience the player will be encountering
- Depends on what you are looking for within your game design
- If going indie, start specific. Don’t make games for the masses, make games for yourself. Working your way outwards.
*As noted within the video, I would start with a general idea and build into that as it allows you flexibility while not letting you stray too far. This is just how I have always worked and for me I find it the best way to plan my ideas although I do see the benefits of designing a more quirky in depth world as you can create something simple and for it to really stand out.
At what point did the design process do business numbers come into play, how big is the money part of it and influence on design decisions.
- It’s a big factor, you need to know the budget because it effects where your game will be headed.
- We start of designing games but end up designing products.
- Is it for yourself or for public? This will vary the budget
- Look at numbers from early stages
- Work out what things you will need to budget for so you can estimate a total cost
- Be realistic when budgeting
- Stay within the budget
- Work out a ‘level of risk’
*Having some knowledge of business, I know how important it is to consider numbers within the early stage of any project so looking at this in regards to game design my opinion is still the same. You need to budget for your project to see if your idea is doable, if not where can you make alterations to make it doable. If you leave this too late then you will be out of pocket and the quality of the product will be low or otherwise you will have an incomplete game.
What is the worst part of the design process?
- When you test a mechanic and it doesn’t work within your game (Making cuts)
- Making the rule book for a game (Is this simple and engaging enough?)
- Trying to figure out when you are done
- Crisis of faith (Evaluating if this is something worth saving or was this a waste of time?)
*Trying to see if you have go into too much depth or not gone into enough depth. Self evaluation can be difficult especially when its a game you are making for someone else because your needs entwine with theirs and its important you keep the two separate, unless of course the game is for yourself.