How to Design RPG Characters

There are many elements to think about when designing a Role Playing Game. You have to think about the scenery, plotline, and overall appeal to the game. But one of the most important aspects of a game are the Non-Player Characters (or NPC’s).

Most of your world is composed of NPC’s. These are the people that your hero (or PC-Player Character) talks to and interacts with. This includes the Baker, Blacksmith, King, Newborn Babe, Mom, Dad, and more. (Remember that most NPC’s are not aware of what the hero has been doing or has done, and will act accordingly!) But NPC’s are also the Monsters, Ghosts, and animals. In short, the world is basically composed of NPC’s, the setting and the hero.

 

Some of the different NPC’s the hero may encounter.

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Release 0.18: Screenplay tokens

The new RPG Playground release is ready! This time you can extend your screenplays with tokens. This probably doesn’t mean much to you, but let me explain. You hero can receive tokens, and at another time you can check if the hero has some token. For example, a conversation can change the second time you talk to an NPC:

if hero lacks token "knows lisa"
    lisa says "Hi there, you must be new in town. My name is Lisa"
    hero says "Nice to meet you! I'm Bart"
    hero receives token "knows lisa"
else
    lisa says "Nice to see you again Bart!"

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Release 0.17: Change your hero

So here it is, the feature many of you have been waiting for: change the hero of your game!

Go to the actors tab, press the settings icon, and select your main hero. You can then change your hero to any character you wish. The conversation face image will also be adapted along with it.

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As an extra bonus, you can move your hero to a new position, and change it’s orientation. Doing this will set the starting position to that location and orientation. So after saving your level and restarting the game, you hero will start at that position.

I also refactored the connection to the server, because sometimes it gave some issues.

So go on, go change your main hero of your game!

Welcome to the new website

The old website is gone! It was just a simple one-page website, but it did it’s job. The new website you are looking at now, is made with WordPress. It allows me to have blog posts of its own (instead of using koonsolo.com for that), and most important: there now is an official RPG Playground forum!

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The forum has a different login that the RPG Playground application, so you will have to register a second time.

I hope you like the new website, and if there is anything wrong, or you have suggestions, feel free to tell me, by using the brand new feedback forum of course!

P.S.: The forum is currently completely empty; 0 posts. I wonder who will be the first to post something… :).