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Hi,

I am thinking about creating a game. I've already created a simple Flight simulator (as my school project; if anyone is interested, download [url="http://flight.ic.cz/flight_v064.rar"]here[/url]). But now I need some bigger project to do.
So, I need an idea what to do [img]http://public.gamedev.net/public/style_emoticons/default/cool.gif[/img]

The game should be:
[list][*]Visually simple - not tons of animations, textures etc. (I don't want to make it for years ... )[*]Multiplayer based - 2 and more players playing together[*]ORIGINAL - that's probably the most important and the most difficult part :(. Most people (unfortunately including me) can only thing of classic genres like MMORPG, strategy etc. I just need something new[/list]
Looking forward to your ideas.

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Take Rock-Paper-Scissor, but instead of declaring a player victorious after a round, have the outcome affect the game state based on which options were selected. You can build a decent battle system out of it. Have each player select an option which relates to Rock, Paper or Scissor and let the outcome be decided by the relationship between them.

For example, a Scissor move might be Flurry where you hit multiple times. A Rock move could be Counter where each hit is matched by a counter attack. For Paper, you could have Power Attack. Depending on which move is used, one player deals more damage.

You could expand the core of this system by adding more move with different effects, like a Rock move that heals the player for each received hit. You could also split the attack and defense stages to allow pure defensive moves. Also, you could add a CCG aspect to the game by allowing players to build decks of moves and randomly picking 5 moves from their deck. If you dig enough, you'll find plenty of ways to add depth to the core system.

It's easy to implement, can be text based for limited artwork and is multiplayer. Might be hard to get more than 2 players at once though, but there should be ways to do it.

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"[color="#1C2837"][size="2"]ORIGINAL ... Most people (unfortunately including me) can only thing of classic genres like MMORPG, strategy etc. I just need something new"[/size][/color]

[color="#1C2837"][size="2"]You'll probably wind up with something resembling things, but if you approach it from a ground-up approach, you can have something decently fresh.[/size][/color]

[color="#1C2837"][size="2"]I'm about to go to my next project and I'm planning to build 4 prototypes before I decide which. I just finished a 1-dude project and am going to try something bigger than 1-dude. I'll tell you what I'm going to prototype and maybe you can take a swing at one.[/size][/color]

[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]I forewarn you that they won't all sound good, because I have a thing for challenges. Right now I'm fascinated by drawing from life, but nothing I am about to describe is a simulation. I'll skip over most details and leave the hard part - the actual game design - to you.[/size][/color][/size]

[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]1) Cops and Robbers[/size][/color][/size]
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[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]Two player game. One person has a car and is driving, while the other person has a top view, a bit like an RTS, with all the roads and everything, and instructs squad cars and such to go around and set up traps and try to capture the driver.[/size][/color][/size]
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[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]I had an idea that if anyone crashes into a bystander, both players lose. So that both players are mindful of this. (Stopping the chase, which is inherently dangerous, is on the police player's agenda.)
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[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]Aside from the obvious double-challenge of production, I have a bad feeling about it but can't quite quantify anything obviously wrong. So it's on my prototype list.[/size][/color][/size]
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[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]2) Star Colony Game[/size][/color][/size]
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[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]This game has a planetarium-ish view of the sky with the Moon, nearby planets, stars, planets around other stars, moons around our planets, etc. and other civilizations.[/size][/color][/size]
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[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]You can influence this by building "drives" and sending out colonists, armies, robotic mining packages, etc.[/size][/color][/size]
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[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]The game would start in 1970 with old tech like cryogenic engines (hydrolox) and partially developed nuclear-thermal and nuclear-pulse propulsion, and you could pour resources into R&D to develop deep space flight, cryo-freezing (the only magic wand allowed in the game), etc.[/size][/color][/size]
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[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]You don't control the planet, or any colonists. You have a small organization funded by donations and colonists pay their way. Successful colonies would themselves, after up to several hundred years, develop an industrial base capable of space colonization and become spreaders.[/size][/color][/size]
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[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]No objects or information may travel faster than light.[/size][/color][/size]
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[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]This idea is far more developed than the others and I skipped over a LOT of details, but also has a glaring red flag that results occur far out from action initiation. The thinking is that it's about building [i]ahead[/i] of situations and I don't know that this would work. So it's on the prototype list.[/size][/color][/size]
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[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]If that doesn't work, I'll just toss it. More conventional games already exist in great big piles. That's boring.[/size][/color][/size]
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[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]3) Moon base game.[/size][/color][/size]
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[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]This would actually be a second prototype, the first one is [url="http://trifecta.cultmonkey.com/"]here[/url].[/size][/color][/size]
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[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]This is by far the most conservative and easiest to turn into a game by any definition. The second version would differ from the one linked in that the second would have everything unified around a core action of assigning work units.[/size][/color][/size]
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[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]Workers can include human base staffers, construction pros, robots which can be developed, remote control robots operated by teams on the ground, etc. etc. which all amount to different "workers" with differing stats and capabilities and level growth curves and blah blah.[/size][/color][/size]
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[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]So people (or bots) can go build structures, operate machines, "do science" for grant money, cater to paying tourists, and something about space apes, I don't remember.[/size][/color][/size]
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[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]4) Wilderness game.[/size][/color][/size]
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[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]We were throwing this around because a lot of wilderness games have either a diablo, click and do it approach or an adventure game approach that makes you start a fire with sticks every time.[/size][/color][/size]
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[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]I was fascinated by the fact that wilderness survival is significantly knowledge based. If you make a game, who is responsible for knowing?[/size][/color][/size]
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[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]My idea was to use the hand-crafted puzzles found in adventure games approach as a "discovery" system, at which point then your character has a new action which can be performed with a click.[/size][/color][/size]
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[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]From there I wanted to use a sims-inspired player state and environment state and I wanted to explore the theme of the home base.[/size][/color][/size]
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[size="3"][color="#1C2837"][size="2"]I was going to have the player drop in on the desert mystery island in a space capsule and have many strange things to explore and hint that human civilization ended elsewhere, but leave it open.[/size][/color][/size]

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I'd like to hear what you came up with, and b-t-w, if you're trying something novel, I heartily recommend the prototyping approach of pulling a "rough draft" from your rear in a week using a RAD tool or kit, then, if it works, starting over with hindsight. I did this on my first complete game project (and first to make a sale!) and it worked wonders.

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Ok, what about this?

I have an idea of player-based MMORPG. Most RPGs are about killing mosters and doing quests for NPCs, but what about doing quests for other players?

It's just a raw idea, but it could work. Everyone would choose "profession", like lumberjack or farmer etc. and then create quests for other players in order to accomplish some goal.

Like "If you give me 20 <insert resource here>, I can create better <insert tool here> and you gain <insert experience here>".




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Maybe! There needs to be another aspect to it such that the "job providers" have a gameplay reason to be doing that.

To brainstorm, you might think of it in terms of having an "organizer" or "entrepreneur" role for some players so they can organize others toward grander goals. It does need to facilitate such goals.

If you drop the first M you can probably throw together a prototype in a month and round up a dozen or two folks to play it. Then you watch play carefully and revise the game rules.

Also read through Tadgh Kelly's [url="http://whatgamesare.com"]What Games Are[/url], especially about loops and dynamics.

Side note. I don't know if you're interested more in game design or programming, but if it's just programming, I could go into a detailed spec if you were throwing together a prototype for me.

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Of course, chopping wood all the time is not much fun. Everyone would start with "simple" work (like choppingwood) and with more experience people would be allowed to do more "advanced" work (like building houses etc.) I have to figure out details of course, but ...

Details have to wait, firstly I have to learn something about network programming (so far I only know how to program game for 2 players on LAN) and also GLSL for better graphics :)

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Good on that, just remember to keep your projects tight and finishable. I see you've finished one so that puts you ahead of a lot of folks. (Though I can't try it right now since my PC is not handy.)

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First Person Strategy Shooter?

2+ players are put into a field. They take the role of a powerful unit, and are given a base that spawns their armies. They have abilities like the Commander from Battlefield, and can designate priority targets, set up squads, etc, and can command nearby units from the FPS view. They get points for kills, and can upgrade their base to spawn more powerful units, and equip them with different weapons.

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I know this may not help much, but if you are going to do something, do something you like.

What’s your favorite genre and game-play style? Just do that. You work with something you are familiar with and can easily balance and add ideas to.

[font="Calibri"][size="3"]I don’t see why it should be hard to be original. How long have you been playing games? Are you seriously telling me that you don’t have any ideas that you would like to see in games? If they haven’t been made yet, then that’s your chance to make it yourself.[/size][/font]

[font="Calibri"][size="3"]Being original isn’t hard. The only reason you don’t see it much in all those games made because the creator aren’t trying to be original (even if they think they are). They’re just tweaking their favorite games/genre.[/size][/font]

[font="Calibri"][size="3"]Example from my side: Realistic physics in FPS. I’ve played so many FPS till date that I have reached a level that the only thing that can even amuse me anymore is taking physics to the next level.[/size][/font]

[font="Calibri"][size="3"]Take the grenade for example. The damage radius is exactly the same in any game either you throw it in an open area or in a closed hallway or room. Throwing a grenade in real life (not that I would know :P) in a narrow space means a definite kill to anyone in it, and a permanent deaf ear for anyone taking cover.[/size][/font]

[font="Calibri"][size="3"]I know you have complaints about games :P if you are making your own then take it as a chance to add what you like to see.[/size][/font]

[font="Calibri"][size="3"]Cheers :)[/size][/font]

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