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
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.
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: