LAFS PREPRO Session 8 - Assignments


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Assignments for Session 8 of The Los Angeles Film School's Game PreProduction course.

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  • There are three categories of rules, all important to a successful play experience:Setup involves things you do once at the beginning of a gameProgression entails what happens during a gameResolution indicates the conditions that cause the game to end and how an outcome is determined based on the game state.Mechanics are a collection of rules that form a discrete chunk of gameplay.Systems are collections of mechanics that make up the biggest chunks of the game.
  • LAFS PREPRO Session 8 - Assignments

    1. 1. Session 8 David Mullich Concept Workshop - Game PreProduction The Los Angeles Film School
    2. 2. Rule Hierarchy  Rules  Mechanics  Systems
    3. 3. Examples of Game Systems  Scoring  Progression  In-Game Economy  Health  Combat  AI (Enemy Behavior)  Magic  Multiplayer
    4. 4. Health System Example  The player starts the game with 3 lives.  The player can gain an additional life by one of these methods:  Collecting the Reincarnation Medallion  Defeating three Mummies in less than 30 seconds  The player loses a life when his health reaches 0% (see Combat System).  If the player has at least one life remaining: ○ The player’s Health is reset to 100% ○ The player respawns at the nearest player respawn point ○ All enemies respawn at their respawn points at 100% Health  If the player has no lives remaining, the Lose Game Screen appears.
    5. 5. Progression System Example  The player starts the game with 0 Experience Points.  The player gains experience by successfully performing actions in this chart: Action Points Earned Collecting gold 1 for each gold piece Opening a treasure chest 50 points Defeating a minion 100 points Defeating a boss 1,000 points
    6. 6. Progression System Example  The player gains an Experience level each time he accumulates the necessary number of Experience points according to the table below. Experience Level Experience Points 1 100 2 200 3 400 4 800 5 1600
    7. 7. Progression System Example  When the player Earns a new experience level:  A pop-up appears announcing: “Congratulation! You have reached level <LEVEL> and have earned <REWARD>.”  Player level rewards are determined by the table below. Experience Level Experience Points 1 Iron Sword 2 +1 Strength 3 Steel Sword 4 +1 Speed 5 Vibranium Sword
    8. 8. Combat System Example  The attacker is the character (player character or enemy character) who initiates combat)  Combat occurs in a serious of rounds, in which the attacker strikes the defender, and then the defender (if still alive) strikes the attacker)  The amount of damage done in each attack depends on the character’s weapon, according to the table below: Weapon Damage Fist 1 Club 3 Dagger 5 Short Sword 10 Long Sword 20
    9. 9. Combat System Example  The damage done by the weapon is subtracted from the target’s health.  If both character’s health is greater than 0, then combat continues for another round.  If either character’s health reaches 0, then combat immediately ends. (See Life System).
    10. 10. AI System Example  There are 4 states in the basic AI: Patrol, Follow, Combat and Runaway.  PATROL: Each enemy starts the level in Patrol mode. In Patrol mode, each enemy walks between two assigned waypoints at normal speed.  FOLLOW: If the player moves within an enemy’s sight range while it is in Patrol Mode, it goes into Follow mode. In Follow mode, the enemy follows the player at high speed.  COMBAT: If the player and enemy character collide, the enemy goes into Combat Mode. (See Combat System).  RUNAWAY: Each 10 seconds the enemy is in Follow mode, there is a percent chance equal to the player’s Experience Level, that the enemy will go into Runaway Mode. In Runaway mode, the Enemy returns to its closest waypoint at High Speed. Once it arrives, it returns to Patrol mode. Combat Patrol Follow Runaway
    11. 11. Systems - Example Enemy Radius Normal Speed High Speed Damage Hit Points Womp Rat 5 3 5 1 5 Vorpel Bunny 10 10 20 2 8 Bug Bear 20 5 10 10 15 Lion King 30 15 20 20 20 Kimono Dragon 30 5 30 30 100
    12. 12. Develop your Systems Wiki page:  What are the systems in your game?  How does the player interact with these systems?  How do the systems interact with one another? Describe these in detail exactly how they work. Remember that a programmer will eventually have to implement these, so the programmer needs specific information about each system, not vague generalities. However, avoid long paragraphs, and instead get your meaning across using:  Flowcharts  Diagrams  Formulas Wiki