So you have been wanting to develop and rpg now for a while, but haven’t actually sat down to think about what is required to build the rpg. You haven’t even really formulated a solid idea as of yet. In this tutorial we will share methods to bring your ideas to the surface.
How to get some ideas for your new rpg development project?
It is always a good thing, to look to some of your favorite rpg games for some inspiration. We not saying copy those ideas, but rather write down what you like about each of your favorites.
This should give you some insight into what makes those games so compelling. Let’s look at for example one of the top favorite rpg’s out there. For example the Pokemon series was highly popular amongst all ages and nationalities. Let’s ask ourselves what made the game series so compelling. Was it the large following of the television series which made it so popular or was it the idea of being able to live inside the world of Pokemon.
Let’s create a list from one of our favorite rpg games
Screenshot of home screen of our favorite rpg game
In our point of view here are some of the top things that made the Pokemon rpg game series great.
Vast amounts of Pokemon which you can catch and the drive for wanting to catch them all.
The large number of abilities which each Pokemon had, made the games interesting and allowed for a lot of variety.
Pokemon types created the effect that you needed actual knowledge of the Pokemon’s type to be successful in the game and beat various opponents. In order to counter various elements or abilities.
Monetary system, the games allowed you to earn money and by special items with the money you made creating an additional drive.
Badge collection, this enforced self worth and the impression that you have earned your stripes.
A rival the rival portion of the story line introduced competition in the game, which made you want to become an even better trainer.
Story, the story of a small town kid going on to become a great Pokemon trainer. Everyone loves a small town success story.
Take your favorite rpg and just write down a few things which you found awesome about it. It could be something like weapons like you have in The Legend of Zelda.
Screenshot of our favorite rpg game encountering the rival
Decide on a theme for your rpg
Try and create a setting for your rpg, is it in a dark world infested by vampires and zombies. Is it playful with candy everywhere. Is it educational with learning objectives along the way. It’s always good to remember if you are going to try commercialize your game if your game will fit your target audience. However we always advise to build your game for the love of it first rather than going in with a commercial model from the beginning. Games with passion sell, not commercially copied and pasted together.
How to get ideas for a story line
Look to your own experiences in life or that of family and close friends. Everyone has a story, maybe you have an uncle you see as a super hero. Why not explore this character as part of your game story. Perhaps a hero in your community. Every game needs a hero and every game needs a villain. Find yours and grow it from there. Write up a fictional history on your character. Fictional goals which you think your characters have and this will point you in the right direction in getting the story line of your actual characters as well in your game.
Where to learn more about developing your own rpg
Here are some extremely useful resources for rpg game development tutorials:
A role playing game consists of a adventure type feel where a player can explore a game world and pick up items along the way and level up and improve their strength or health as they go along. Role playing games usually have a few components to them.
A item inventory system which holds power ups, health improvements and more.
Monetary system which allows players to buy inventory items or improvements.
Battle system either of the action type which the player can roam around the map and fight off enemies. The other is turn based where the player encounters enemies and can attack with their abilities in a turn based fashion.
Story lines, the most important component of a good role playing game is a compelling story line. The story line keeps the player coming back for more.
How would you make an rpg?
There are many options for making rpg games such as rpg maker, phaser and unity as your game frameworks or engines.
Planning your rpg game
However the most important part of making your rpg is planning it out. Ask yourself who is your hero in the game, your antagonist and your side role players. You also may want to adopt side games to allow your player to just be slightly distracted from the main story line, this should keep your player interested and compelled. Next you need to figure what sorts of items and power ups you will have in your game. Also will some have a commercial value or will it just be items which can only be used. It’s often nice to have both features to allow the monetary system of your game to fit in very nicely with items which have just been discovered roaming your game map.
For the more technical side you can follow this excellent tutorial series on how to make an rpg :
Depending on your ability you can go quite a few routes. There are some tools which will allow you to make games without any real programming experience. Where it is purely drag and drop and configuring a game. However these platforms can have their restrictions and it is always advised to learn some type of programming in game development. There are quite a few options if you want to get into the programming route.
What are the languages I need to learn?
For game development there are number of options. Some of the most popular languages to know is c#, c++ and java script. Some game engines such as unreal engine makes use of c++ as a coding language. Unity engine you can develop in c# or java script. We however prefer a game library called phaser. Mainly it allows you to leverage skills in HTML5 , CSS3 and Java script to build your games. Also games can quite easily be ported to mobile devices such as android and ios. One of the reasons we recommend Phaser is that it allows you to learn key concepts in game development. Also teaches you logic and allows you to get in depth exposure to building your own games with a real life programming language.
Where do I start?
On this blog we have a number of tutorial series which we will be giving away for free. Also you can join our newsletter where we will be constantly be sending you newsletters on new tutorials we publish and updates in terms of latest trends in making games. We are in the process of writing a book on game development where we will teach you to build a full game. If you are interested in getting first picks when we release our book you can subscribe to our newsletter and you will be the first to know.