You will also notice that no dates or deadlines are specified. Features are implemented as fast as possible and released when they are ready. So you won’t have to wait for the next major release to use them.
If you don’t agree with something, want to prioritize features or request new functionality, let me know in the comments below, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any feedback on this is welcome! 🙂
- 1 Release 1.0: Action Adventure
- 2 Release 2.0: More story elements
- 3 Mobile App
- 4 Flash portals release
- 5 Standalone Desktop Version
- 6 No Kickstarter
- 7 Release 3.0: Custom Resources
- 8 Release 4.0: Role Playing Game
- 9 Release 5.0: Turn-based combat
- 10 Future releases
Release 1.0: Action Adventure
Goal of this release
You can create, share and play, top-down 2D action adventure games, in the style of The Legend of Zelda. This is a “no-loose-ends” version of RPG Playground.
- Sound and Music
- Multiple levels (walk inside buildings, etc.)
- Screenplays (conversations, moving NPC’s, text with icons, … .)
- Fight with monsters
- Start, lose and win screens
- Share your game with the rest of the community
It won’t include:
- Inventory (for item management)
Below is a list of all things that still need to be done for this release. High priority features are listed first. If you want to push a certain feature earlier, just let me know.
Screenplay creation wizard
Screenplays are currently created using text. I don’t like this, and want to introduce an easy to use wizard to add actions. This way you can click through some dialogs, and easily add functionality. This also means you don’t have to read through the manual to know what can be done with screenplays, you don’t get programming errors, etc.
It should be easier to share your game with others, and play games that others made. So I want to make something similar to ‘Super Mario Maker’ where you can choose to either make a game and share it, or play someone else’s game.
- Hero swings sword
- Hero kills monsters
- Monsters walk around
- Monsters hurt hero
- Hero can die
- Health potion pickups
This also includes restarting the game.
Arcade mode: always restarts the entire game, so no save points!
Sound and Music
Sounds and music adds a lot to the gaming experience. You should be able to use your own music and ambient background sounds for this.
More user friendly interface
Some things are really cumbersome at the moment, like selecting an actor to change the screenplay. I want to make this way more user friendly and easier.
Autotiles make it easy to quickly design ground elements like roads, water, grass, sand, etc.
Animated water, waterfalls, lava, … would really make the game more compelling.
Start of level screenplay
Now only actors support custom screenplays. But this will add screenplays to levels, so when the level starts, a certain sequence of actions is triggered. Great way to create scripted cut-scenes.
Release 2.0: More story elements
New screenplay action: info dialog with icon
This action will show a popup dialog, containing custom text. You can also show an icon, so together with tokens, you can simulate receiving items.
New screenplay action: actor shows text
Next to actors saying something, this action will show some text right above the actor. This is useful for actors that don’t have a face images such as monsters and interactive objects such as treasure chests, signs, … .
New screenplay action: player chooses
This action will show a dialog where the player can choose one of the available options. This can be used for responding to NPC’s, so you have conversation trees.
Tutorial at startup
A tutorial that guides newbies through the most basic elements would be convenient.
After a few modifications to make RPG Playground touch friendly, a Mobile App might be released. You can continue working on your project from a tablet or smartphone. Great way to kill time at boring parties ;).
Flash portals release
RPG Playground will be pushed to flash portals such as Newgrounds and Kongregate.
Standalone Desktop Version
I might consider releasing a standalone desktop application of RPG Playground (Windows, Mac OS and Linux). But his is not certain yet, and only when a high number of users want this.
Will be available directly on this site, Steam, Mac App Store and Windows Store.
Benefits of the online version:
- Use the gatest features (newer than in the latest official standalone version)
- Access from anywhere
- Online storage, automatic backup
RPG Playground benefits of the online version:
- Direct feedback on bugs and issues
- No illegal pirated copies
I understand why people want a standalone version:
- No internet connection required
- Single upfront payment
- You own your own copy of the software
- Always the same version
Although I haven’t completely excluded it, chances are small that I will use Kickstarter, or any other crowd sourcing platform, to get funding.
But if the future tells me an extra upfront investment is needed, I might reconsider.
Release 3.0: Custom Resources
- Upload your own graphics for tilesets, characters, gui, …
- Easier level creation using ground autotiles + extra tools
- Animated tiles
- Extend scenery toolset (single object selection)
- Extra default tilesets
Improved Tilemap editing
Autotiles! AutoObjects (yes, this is a totally new concept).
Universal LPC Character support
Release 4.0: Role Playing Game
- Item management (includes shops to buy/sell items)
- Gold management
- Experience points (XP)
Release 5.0: Turn-based combat
This release adds turn-based combat that can be used instead of the action based fighting.
After the above releases, there are still things that can be implemented. I’m giving them as a list here because it is not certain if and when they would make it into a release.
Side Scrolling Levels
This release enables creating platform games, but also more complex Metroidvania style games.
Single player games are fun, but multiplayer games take it to an entirely new dimension. Making a mutliplayer RPG by yourself is not an easy task. But with RPG Playground, anyone can add multiplayer support to their game. You don’t need to host a server, take care of security etc. Everything you need will be provided by RPG Playground. Quick and easy, as it should be.
Generic 2D Game Editor
This release allows you to make any 2D game you want. But the ease of use to create RPG’s will still be available!
Instead of the normal 2D graphics, a 3D world is now displayed, in which you can navigate. You can now make 3D role playing games.