We interrupt this program for an important announcement!
Dwarven Weeaboos, a card game Nathaniel has been acting as producer and game designer on for the last several months, has been announced by CGC Games as it’s next game to be released! It’s a game that celebrates (parodies) anime and nerd culture, and it should be hitting Kickstarter in mid-April!
Now back to your regularly scheduled waiting 2 months for a post!
Like any discipline, game design has it’s share of misconceptions held by the public or aspirants to the field. Maybe it’s because game design is a relatively new field, or maybe its because players don’t realize the gap between their feedback and the improvements they’re hoping for. But that’s just the process of learning, so this series is going to share some of the misconceptions that I’ve held along my journey as a game designer.
Just a quick announcement to confirm 2 things:
- There’s a link to my steam workshop in the main menu now!
- This blog isn’t dead. Yet.
A lot of people get into the games industry because of games they loved. Artists, sound designers, and graphics programmers awed by immersive worlds or game designers and writers inspired to ask “what if?” — art always inspires its consumers to dream, and I am no different. Although I didn’t know at the time, my first dreams of game design started in elementary school. Imagining shinier new evolutions for pokemon eventually grew into brainstorming ideas for characters and stories in middle school. Talking about these dreams of design was play for my playground friends and I and when I discovered in college that one could make a living by making games, I felt I had found what I wanted to spend my life doing.
Now, after having spent 2 years working as a part of CGC Games, I have a much clearer picture of what the path of the game designer is.
In Crypt of the NecroDancer all movements and actions by player and enemy alike can only happen on the beats of the song on each floor. Enemies and obstacles have a pre-determined pattern of movement, so knowledge, quick decision making, and a sense of rhythm are all necessary to reach the stairs tile leading to the next floor. Normally, the game will randomly generate a dungeon for the player to delve through, but there’s also a custom map editor built into the game. This article will discuss some of the design philosophies I’ve discovered as I worked on Chamber 17 a custom map I made. If you have the game, I’d encourage you to play through it before reading this because most of these ramblings will probably make more sense that way.
My latest Crypt of the NecroDancer custom map is now available! I’ll give you all a few days to try it out before writing up my post-mortem on it.