Friday, January 30, 2015
In an older post I explained the concept of elemental match-ups. This time, I'll be focusing on each class of pony and the chaos I went through to get the icons to look so nice. In addition to the expected elements seen in Pokemon, I've added a few of my own and changed some rules around to fit the balanced style of play I'm looking for.
Get a breakdown of each pony class and a look at the fancy new chart below the break.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
|It took a while to get the overworld shape just right.|
I'm sure I'll tweak it another million times.
I'm 5 weeks into this project now and it's time t take a break from planning and just build something. A small playable piece of the game to sort of taste-test and prove the concept. I'll start with the simplest of battle scenes and go back to planning from there.
Want some sales data, completed tasks, and future plans? Get all of those below!
Friday, January 23, 2015
This week I'm talking about the icing on the cake. The stuff that doesn't need to be there, but its precise makes a good game great. I'm sure new bits to add to my list of flourishes will pop up during development, but these are the things I can think of now that make my game pop when I play in my head.
Most of these details are small and not very exciting on paper, but one is an interesting concept that really stands out to me. In the actual game it would be a nameless effect, but in the design document I'm calling it a Hype Moment.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
It's been a full week of school activities. Busy as ever but with something worth fighting for. Getting a bit of BGP work done each day helps me sleep at night and motivates me to get all the pointless school stuff done and over with. The move list is "complete" meaning it's ready for tons of tweaking, balancing, and extra additions. With over 350 moves, 100 ponies, and tons of items on top of that, my game should have endless metagame potential.
This week I'll be listing abilities and items. Catch some interesting milestones from last week and a link to the BGP move list below.
Friday, January 16, 2015
|Art by dashinghero.|
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
I made it safe & sound to school and my first Mobile Game Design class was yesterday! I'm crazy excited to show my classmates and teachers what I've been dreaming up all winter. I'm even more excited to finally be allowed to open Unity and experiment. I'm still not ready to code stuff just yet (I still have ponies to design) but having that freedom feels nice.
Get the usual sales data and week of progress below.
Friday, January 9, 2015
This will be my first game with a deep story. Actual events happen and it's my job to make players care about the characters involved. I abandoned the open world approach I started with in order to take the player on a journey where excitement and mystery is around every turn. The player will be so into what's happening that they won't notice the hours go by as they try to just get to the next city.
Something even deeper than the story is the player-to-player interaction. I need to establish a thriving online community that keeps players entertained for years to come. I need to make multiplayer so fun and complex that new things can be discovered by an individual every single day. It'll be players talking excitedly about those hype moments during competitive play that really spreads word-of-mouth and keeps the game interesting in the long-term.
Get a breakdown of the multiplayer modes and general game progression below.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Friday, January 2, 2015
If you are familiar with Pokemon's types then you'll know where this idea of elemental match-ups comes from. Based on a mix of real world application and game balancing I've come up with a starting point for making my game's core rock-paper-scissors mechanic. The complex way in which the pony classes interact will lead to interesting strategies on the player's part as one tries to always have the advantage on the opponent.
There are things like stab damage and immunity to consider too. A Fire Draco class will be different from a Draco Fire class because the class in the first position does 1.5 times damage on a move with that type while the secondary class does 1.2 times more damage. Similar rules apply to defense. On top of all that I can expand move depth by throwing in rare dual type moves. The Steel Wing move is suddenly a threat to Plant, Bug, Earth, and Draco class ponies.
A cool thing about the 18 classes (and 19th neutral class) is how the starter pony will be able to change into any of them so the player can have a version of their favorite.