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axelkjata

Member Since 05 Oct 2012
Offline Last Active Oct 07 2012 05:47 AM

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In Topic: Creating a Lua RPG rough timing?

05 October 2012 - 02:22 PM

I'm a decent programmer and I know my way around an image program, but the latter takes me much longer for tinier gains than the former. It's completely different for each person, but if you're doing the art yourself, that will still take up a notable amount of time.

Is the combat action-oriented, or turn-based? You mentioned both Zelda and FF so I wasn't quite sure. With one, you'll have to worry more about proper hit detection and the physics of movement and attacks, which can be a little troublesome. The other can be technically simpler (if you're not making the number system complicated,) but can be further improved with some flair to make it interesting to sit through.

And that's where you can cover yourself on the features - You can call out the concepts in general, but still allow yourself the room to dress it up a bit too.

Plenty of games have been made in 6 months or less, though usually with some level of experience - and drastically differing levels of quality. Comparable to your concept, "Cthulu Saves The World" was released 9 months after their previous title, but carried over a lot of the development work from it too. I don't know how long they spent on its predecessor, but this was in one interview about it:

Reyes: ... what would you say was the most difficult aspect of making your own role-playing game?
Boyd: Probably programming the battle system and related code. I went in thinking that I’d have the battle system code done in a week or so, and it ended up taking over a month to do.


I was thinking of making it technically more FF related with the battle system. The numbers system wouldn't be complicated or anything. Looking at Cthulu saves the world, it would be similar in concept to that game too. If that took experienced people 9 months, I don't think me on my own would come close to making a finished game, perhaps a couple of levels...

In Topic: Creating a Lua RPG rough timing?

05 October 2012 - 01:17 PM

Well, since it's a small matter of programming, it sounds like it'll be done Soon, particularly if you're counting in Valve time.

It's really not easy to estimate the scope of a project particularly when little of the groundwork is done and we don't know the resources that you've got. Are you allowed access to third-party libraries? Do you have a partner or a team? Will you have to spend time drawing your own graphics?

It's also different from person to person - I might get lucky and bang out the combat system in a productive week while locked in my room, and be held up at quest tracking for a month while you've blown through both in half the time.

You should probably try to build a simple system then build content onto it as you go. Start with the combat and if it takes you five months, use the last to turn it into an arena style RPG with a text menu shopping screen between bouts. If you manage to get an overworld map done, use it as a point-A-to-B travel system between multiple combat zones. If you manage to get a dungeon system, you might have enough time to throw in procedurally generated instances or a roguelike.

It's also not a problem to finish early - You can continue to polish a completed system and you may find yourself surprised at the innovations that can come out of it.


The only thing is, we have to write an initial report where we specify the goals of our project. So it will look bad if I implement or do not implement stuff that I have specified/not specified in the project goals.

I am on my own for making this, so it would be the work of just one person.

I was not thinking of implementing a quest system as such, simply something along the lines of go to this location/talk to this person/kill this boss to make the story progress.

I was thinking of making the graphics myself, and using tilemaps with graphics similar to that of Final Fantasy (http://allgamesplayed.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/ff1.jpg). But even this could take up a lot of time in the project which could be used for coding.

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