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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…