defender's quest

RPG's and Suckage

(Cross-posted on gamasutra.com)As part of our ongoing series on our new game Defender's Quest, I'd like to talk about suckage.When you say "This SUCKS!" you're usually not saying "I hate this." There's a little more to it than that.Here's how it usually goes down:You are…

Upgrades, Equipment, and Skill Trees

Cross-posted on gamasutra.As part of my continuing series on the design of our new tactical tower defense / RPG hybrid Defender's Quest, I'm going to talk a little bit about upgrade systems, equipment, and skill trees.Before we get started, let's ask ourselves a simple question: what's the point of…

Rebooting the RPG

Cross-posted on gamasutra.comIn the BeginningMany indie game developers start with RPG’s, and thirteen years ago, I was no exception.  With hundreds of hours of classic RPG playing experience and RPG Toolkit 2.0 freshly installed on my Compaq Presario, I sat down to create my answer to…