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I don't know of a specialised tool for game planning.
If by 'plan out' you mean software architecture only,
any software modelling tool will do.

Regards,
Pat.

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Original post by darookie
I don't know of a specialised tool for game planning.
If by 'plan out' you mean software architecture only,
any software modelling tool will do.

Regards,
Pat.


hmm, well what software modelling programs would you reccomend?

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Well, I cannot exactly recommend one, since most of the time I only work with UMLPad for quick diagrams along with Doxygen for documenting my projects.
I've heard good and bad things about the tools from Rational (now IBM). More information about their products and methodologies can be found here.
They also have an e-zine that looks quite interesting.
If you are looking for something free, try out Fujaba.

I've never been a friend of these large and complex tools as you most often need to adopt your whole development process to the model offered and supported by the software. A more flexible approach, especially considering massive use of refactoring would be nice. I don't know if current tools are still very rigid in the choice of the applied model.
If there's one thing that I've learned during my professional software development work, then it's that over-engineering is a Bad Thing™...

Good luck,
Pat.

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The forum FAQ has a list of UML tools.

If you mean the game itself, and not the programming for it, then there are content creation tools (Maya, Blender, 3D Studio Max, Sound Forge, Paint Shop Pro, etc...) which artist use, and then there's another category 'story-boarding' that game-designers would use. Unfortunetly I'm not aware of any common industry tools for this, though I imagine there may be some.

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Which kind of planning?

If you want to Design your architecture, then you can use UML. Try Borlant Together.

If you want to manage your development times and control each step, then try Microsoft Project (I guess is one of the best tools for planning).

Luck!
Guimo

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