Posted 12 December 2011 - 02:39 AM
Easy part is the start, that could be some predefined year and universe-sate. But what about time flow, and events.
- Should game just start from predefined point and let players "write their own history" without a time limit?
- Give some sort of real time flow (like 1 real day is 1 game year), and set enviroment realistic (with people getting adult/old, etc), no historical events that "touch players".
- Give time flow and AI driven historical events, if player is situated at historical event location and his current side loses, he lose/is affected too.
- Make players always neutral, give opportunity to join historical events but their actions does not affect final, just gives some goods.
- Historical achievements take global scope, new player has current technology level, not the lowest that was in game.
- If there is time flow, what to do about the point, where "game ends"? "Reset Matrix"?
- No historical events, tons of graphical/textual data, that "can be readen" while in game or *pops out* when player gets some achievement?
There are tons of approaches but I'm interested mostly in those, that would allow The Game work as educative material, that would allow explore and learn history, feel/understand the life, that was back there.
Summing up: what would be best approach for game universe design, of historical MMO startegy game, that could serve as history lesson about early to late middle ages in europe. I would like to see your suggestions to what should have most accent, what could ruin such game, what could make gamers enjoy "playing history".
I have seen many games, where developers was using many different approaches, like in "Mount & Blade", all of those "Hearts Of Iron", "Age Of Empires", "Civilization" and many many more, but still, I could not say, they are educating or very close to reality, but I can't really say, what was that, what they missed to get that teaching perk. What are your thoughts?
Posted 12 December 2011 - 03:59 AM
Posted 12 December 2011 - 06:29 AM
I think if you kept it to just that, that would be as far as you need to go with it - then of course study study study... for a game like this, there could be another position on the team for some guy that knows his history well, and hes actually the one whos telling the designer what to do.
Just something silly to say, I often have dreams about games I could have made And I had one about an mmo that was placed in time during the industrial revolution (historical accuracy would in fact be important), and one bit I remember you got off the train and this place, and this game notification came up your character telling you "I dont want to be here theres no glassmakers in this town." or something like that, like there could be some big goods and services thing going during the game. But im pretty sure you just took on the role of an indian, or colonist or something and you just basicly did what you want, its just the "setting" was historical.
Posted 12 December 2011 - 12:46 PM
Not so good if your player character you have spent weeks training and equiping suddenly drops dead of the plague.
Getting the balance right is tricky.
It's like trying to put "realism" into space games, nice to have planets created by physically accurate techniques, not so nice when it takes you four years to get there.
Posted 12 December 2011 - 03:23 PM
You may want to look into the subgenre of serious games. I'm sure there are plenty of ideas to be had in that community.
I think your issue may be that you are jumping ahead of yourself. What's the premise? You see, people will line up behind any premise as long as you provide them what the premise promises.
For example, a ludicruous sounding premise that a couple of Italian plumbers would willingly perform mass turtle and lobster genocide whilst collecting coins and mushrooms is still something people are willing to spend hours on...
Posted 12 December 2011 - 06:33 PM
@rouncer Sounds like your were dreaming about something like Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura I agree to you, historical precision could be a good selling point.
@Stainless Yeah, I have thought about that. But, if game is strategy game, characters could easely die and could be replaced. If time would be fast paced, individual game units could die from natural causes and born new ones. That could be made playeble, I think.
@alphadog I'm more into telling a history, the way people lived back then, origins of nations, historical events and reasons, why they turned out good/bad to one or another side. The thing is, *I'm searching* for that premise, what objective should such game give player. Maybe, manage some sort of achievement system, where player are awarded for joining historical events, that are somewhat aside from main game.
Thanks for fast answers! Waiting for more to come
Posted 13 December 2011 - 05:53 PM
Posted 13 December 2011 - 10:03 PM
Posted 14 December 2011 - 10:09 AM
Start by creating a timeline of historical events in your chosen period, then look at them and ask yourself "how would the player get involved ?"
Then you have to come up with a game mechanic that allows history to continue unaltered by the players actions, but still have some target for the player to achieve.
I suppose you could have a time cop type game.
In 1066 William took his Norman army to England and whipped Harold's posterior, the player could be a Norman knight in a key part of the battle.
If he successfully aids Williams campaign, then the timeline is uncorrupted.
If he fails, then the timeline is damaged affecting the players score, William still wins the battle, but not as decisively.
If the timeline gets corrupted enough, game over man, game Over!
Just one idea
Posted 15 December 2011 - 11:26 PM
Posted 16 December 2011 - 09:39 AM
Some trying to corrupt the timeline, some trying to protect it.
I don't know how easy it would be to manage, but it would be really interesting to try a system where when you log into the game you are shown a graph of the timeline with the current state of the game shown as deviations from the ideal.
The player can then choose to jump into the timeline anywhere they like.
So you could have the situation where a bunch of players jump in at 1066, corrupt the timeline and move on to the next major event, which will probably be the purge of the Saxon's William ordered (I think that was around 1087, but not sure).
Then after they have moved on another bunch of players jump in and fix the timeline.
Going to be a nightmare to control, but could be a hell of a fun game
Posted 17 December 2011 - 12:10 PM
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