Steven Peeler Discusses Indie RPG Creation
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IndieRPGs.com has posted a new interview with Soldak Entertainment's Steven Peeler. The indie RPG maker discussed Din's Curse and its expansion Demon War, adding random elements to games, and the need to give players a sense of urgency to complete mission objectives.
Itís a cliche in RPG plotlines that time is always of the essence: the player must act soon, or all will be lost! Except that it really wonít. The player can dawdle, fight wolves over and over, talk to every NPC in every town in the kingdom, perform every fetch quest, and just generally do nothing while the antagonist waits patiently for the player to get on with it. In opting for intensity and timed goals, are you trying to turn this dynamic on its head? Or is that just a pleasant side effect of your approach?Read the full interview at the link below.
IndieRPGs.com: Stephen Peeler Interview
Yes, this is definitely one of the things that we have purposely changed in Dinís Curse and Depths of Peril. In most games when an NPC says solve this quest quick or we will all die, it really means nothing and the player knows it. There isnít any emotional impact when everyone is 100% sure that the threat is a bluff. Well in DC and DoP there are no bluffs. When an NPC tells the player that an Orc uprising is planning on attacking the town, thatís really what he means. If nothing is done to stop them they will eventually attack the town and at least attempt to kill everyone. Once players realize that the threats are real, they feel actual pressure to stop that Orc uprising in time. Well that or they will feel the intensity of trying to quell an Orc town attack before everyone dies.
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