This document, created by Mare Kuntz (sunandshadow) in 2012, is a free, public guide to making a design document for a pet-themed game, including example pet game design document sections intended for reuse in readers' own game design documents. A design document is not the only way to develop a game; some people favor the alternate method called agile development. But, this document is aimed mainly at people who have little design and development experience, and IMO agile development works better for more experienced people, or for people who are more interested in learning than in making a specific game. I am providing this document as a community service and releasing it to the public domain. It is freely usable by anyone for both noncommercial and commercial purposes. For example, an indie game developer could use this as the basis for a design document for their own pet game. Or anyone doing a school project or teaching a class where they needed an example design document could use this. I would enjoy hearing from people who find this document useful (firstname.lastname@example.org), but you are not required to notify me if you make use of it. I am available as a consultant for game-design-related projects, but I do charge for that kind of service.
[indent=1]Table Of Contents
0. Introduction: What is a game design document, why should you make one, and how do you use this guide to make one?
1. Genres: What kind of pet games are there, how are they different from each other?
2. Theme: Story, Setting, Playable Character(s), And How These Should Interrelate With Gameplay.
3. Distribution and Monetization: Getting the game to the player and the player's money to you.
4. Player Registration and Account Creation, Data Storage Within The Game
5. Avatar Creation: Human vs. Pet, Clothing Systems, The Avatar's Role(s) Within The Game, Avatar Equipment Slots, Stats, and Abilities.
6. Inventory Systems: Types Of Items And How Each Type Functions Within The Game, How The User Interacts With Storage, Storage Limitations And Expansion As Gameplay.
7. Pets: Storage, Functionality Within The Game, Capturing, Breeding and Genetic Systems
9. Trading, Shops and the Marketplace
10. Forums and Messaging
11. Tutorials, Quests, Reputation, and Levels
13. Minigames, Puzzles, And Other Combat Alternatives