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Where do you draw your inspiration and motivation from?

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Well, it''s been an extremely hectic last two months for me, and my imagination pool seems to have dried up. I was hoping my recent vacation to California would have cured me of that, but it seems to have made it worse actually. I''ve been trying to work up some inspiration and motivation to get me back on track for developing my game, but I seem to be hitting both writer''s block and programmer''s block. I have been getting enthused in one area, though it''s not related to my wargame....martial arts. I''ve been working out alot and am interested in restarting martial arts again come the Fall semester. As a consequence, I''ve been looking at some role-playing games, namely the Hero system and the Ultimate Martial Artist. While this has given me some ideas for some of the organizations within my game world, the whole military aspect just seems like a nebulous cloud to me right now. So what does everyone else do when the inevitable writer''s/programmer''s block pop-up? how do you draw some motivation and inspiration to help rejuvenate your creative juices?

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Usually taking a vacation and traveling works for me, but it seems that you''ve already tried that. Talking to others (in person) that are enthusiastic about their projects usually helps as well. I find enthusiasim can be contagious.

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i get my motivation out of the love of games. it also helps being a new person to programming. i just love designing games. even though i have not made 1 real game yet i have designed multiple games.

all you have to do is think of something that your interested in and put that into a game.

say martial arts. you could make an rts say where everyone fights bare fist or with samurai swords and with technology you learn new moves. also you could include different "races" thatfight with different styles such as kung fu and tae kwon do

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I say quite the opposite McMcDonald. Playing a game leaves you surrounded by somebody elses work. As such it causes a considerable hinderance to producing your own creative ideas. I''m not saying don''t consider games at all as an inspiration, just that you''d be surprised how much of a hinderance they can be when it comes to thinking ''outside the box''.

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if you were born and raised in a box would you know anything of the world outside the box. hmm could a person raised in a box imagine trees? this is for inspiration

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I think I agree with m_wherett. I think I''ll take a small hiatus from games and maybe catch up on some reading and movies that I never watched. And as rhesus says (I think), if all you know is one thing, how can you know about others?

It''s funny...in the west there''s the saying, "Jack of all trades, master of none", but in the east they say, "master one thing, and you''ve mastered them all". I''m really a jack of all trades kind of guy who knows a little about alot, but not alot about one or two things. This has always been my source of inspiration, because so many things fascinate me that I have a huge pool of ideas from. On the other hand it can also be a distraction and causes me to have a fairly small attention span because I see something else interesting and move to it (fortunately, this doesn''t apply to women ).

So I''ll try shaking things up a little and read some things that I''ve been meaning to....hopefully I''ll draw some ideas from that. Thanks for all the suggestions so far from everyone.

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