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Riviera Kid    142
Im thinking of buying a small book which i can write ideas/thoughts/discussions/interesting facts into. I find on a day to day basis i have alot of strange thoughts and ideas which could have maybe been something but then i forget parts of it and have to rethink. Ill probably use it as an organiser aswell. Its kinda like a diary but more practical. Does anyone else do that? any segestions on how to organise the book? because, im a really deep person...(j/k)

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Gametaku    162
I'd recomend keeping the organiser in a seperate notebook, not just another section of a notebook. This will prevent having to flip back and forth between your ideas and orginizing your project. Also if your doing anything with specfic dates, times get a real orginizer. Well worth it.

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kmccusker    196
Keeping an idea book is an excellent idea. There have been many times I've come up with something, and told myself, "Ah, I'll remember that, no need to write it down." Needless to say, I forgot :(

If you are familiar with mind mapping, that might be an excellent way to jot down your ideas. Mind mapping allows you to write down words or pictures without following any type of format.

Dedicate a notebook just for your ideas.

Wiki Mind Map

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Captain P    1092
I usually sketch my thoughts (which often results in pretty chaotic slices of paper) and when I think I've got something interesting, I draw more specific concepts and usually write something about it on a private forum, to discuss with some friends. That forum is sort of my idea 'book', and I store the sketches in a big map (I scan and upload some, too).

Some organizing might be fine, but since a lot of these idea's are pretty vague I would only reserve space for more solid idea's and stuff the rest together. However, now that I think of it, doing it electronically is much easier to keep track of as it's immediatly sorted by date... :)

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Tesseract    285
Highly recomend the idea book. I have been keeping a journal for several years, and it is surprising how often a game idea sneaks in when I am writing about family problems.

The one thing to watch out for is that you don't spend so much time writing down game ideas that you don't leave yourself any time to write games.

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jbadams    25713
I have a private wiki on my main home computer than I use for recording ideas, and find that I'll usually remember any decent ideas long enough for them to be added. If I know I'll be away from the computer for longer than a day I normally carry a small notepad with me, but because I use the wiki no organisation system is required - the notepad will never get that much material.

I'd second the idea of keeping the organiser in a seperate book.

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moogle87    174
Heh, I do that but inside a notebook that I use for school. My good ol sketch book. Even got around to writing a 90 page story cause of doing this. Damn high school must have been boring, I wasn't paying attention.

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kseh    3840
Years ago, I used to have a book(s) that I'd write ideas in. These days I tend to just email the basic idea to myself and flesh it out later at home.

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Benjamin Heath    925
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Original post by Kazgoroth
I have a private wiki on my main home computer than I use for recording ideas, and find that I'll usually remember any decent ideas long enough for them to be added. If I know I'll be away from the computer for longer than a day I normally carry a small notepad with me, but because I use the wiki no organisation system is required - the notepad will never get that much material.

I'd second the idea of keeping the organiser in a seperate book.
Interesting. How could I go about setting that up, myself?

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jbadams    25713
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I have a private wiki on my main home computer than I use for recording ideas
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Interesting. How could I go about setting that up, myself?

You need to have some kind of webserver running (not neccesarily open to the internet, and you can just fire it up when required if you like) to host it on, and you need to make sure it supports everything required for the wiki system in question.

I do some web development anyway, so I already had Apache running with PHP and MySQL, but if you'd like to set these up quickly and don't already have them (or some alternative) you could try phpdev to quickly get apache, php and MySQL running on a win32 machine. I use the MediaWiki package and havn't had any difficulties. There are other wiki packages out there, and other setups you can run it on (IIS/Access/OpenWiki for one), but I'll leave it up to you to look around if you want to check out other options.

It's certainly not for everyone, but I've found it to be pretty effective, and as an added bonus I can make the wiki publically accesible when the need arises when working with a team.

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bmanruler    122
I just have a large spiral bound notebook that I keep with me. It is full of psuedo code and sketches. I also have private forums where my friends and I discuss the stuff in more detail. Just having somewhere to jot down ideas as they come is a great thing to do.

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CIJolly    282
I have an ideas folder on my desktop. Inside that is a big txt document which I flick over to to write ideas in as the come to me. If I decide to develop that idea I make a new folder with a new txt document in it where I write down any ideas specific to that game.
Specific ideas get developed in their own folders branching off the game folder.

In this way I take an idea from bunch of game ideas and start to develop it, then come up with a bunch of ideas for quests and develop on of them, then characters the player can encounter within that quest, conversations, puzzles, etc.

If I come up with an idea when I'm away from my computer I write it on a scrap of paper and transcribe it later.

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Talroth    3247
I have stacks of semi sorted loose leaf sheets, (about 2000 or so pages now, I've only used a stack of 12 bundles of 200 for ideas and stuff, and yesterday noticed I had one left on the shelf as I was opening a new one)

The good thing about them is they are easy to go through and pull out the ideas you want and put them somewhere. Bad thing is they are easy to lose and can be hard to sort if you are like me and spread things around over every surface, and then have family members 'help' you and put everything away.

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dwarfsoft    1229
I'd have to agree with Kazgoroth with installing a Wiki. Wiki I find is so easy to just punch a link in when you have an off-topic idea, so you can then open it up when you start thinking about it.

I also have a Notebook which I take with me everywhere (though it hasn't been getting as much use since my work donated a Laptop to me). This is great for jotting down ideas when you do not have your computer/wiki nearby. Wiki's aren't too hard to manage or set up. There is plenty of documentation on it now anyway.

Before I went with the Wiki, I was using Dreamweaver to create static web pages that were doing much the same thing as the wiki (although with less ease). I find writing straight to the web allowed me to try and formulate ideas in such a way that I would understand it later (because I was writing it for others to understand).

So, basically, Wiki++;

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