Category Archives: Game Design

Paladins: The Mounts and Sprint Issue

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I’ve been pondering a few things regarding design choices made for Paladins, the team shooter from Hi-Rez Studios. First, I am contemplating the purpose of mounts and their future post-launch. Second, I am curious why there is a keybind for Sprint when there is no sprint function. Thirdly, I am wondering what it would be like to reintroduce sprint to Paladins. These thoughts and more in today’s post.

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RIFT: Rebuilding the Soul Trees

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Every once in a while I’ll get an idea in my head that just won’t go away. In some of these instances, the idea is one that would affect the design of a game I am playing or have played. I have already shared a few of those ideas on this blog and this post will be no different. In the last week or so, I have had an old idea make a resurgence; attempt to concept a revised Soul Tree feature for Trion Worlds’s RIFT. I have not played or thought about RIFT in a long time, so this thought popping back into my head took me by surprise. However, I have fleshed out a number of ideas on how I would revise (or rebuild) the soul trees, and I thought it would be fun to share them.

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Heroes of the Storm: Auriel and Energy

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I feel like my post a few weeks ago, Traits that Dia-blow, may have had an air of saltiness to it. So, to clear the air, I shall discuss something actually pretty sweet. Auriel, a new Support hero representing the Diablo universe, was released on the Tuesday prior to my previous post. She has a unique kit, and an even more unique way of providing healing to her allies. In today’s post, I shall discuss her core support mechanic, and discuss an idea I have for stripping mana from several members of the Heroes of the Storm roster.

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Heroes of the Storm: Traits that Dia-blow

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Heroes of the Storm has seen a slew of new hero additions and talent changes in the past few months. I have been playing around with different heroes (old and new) in Try Mode to test out builds, and to get a sense of their kits. While several heroes have some interesting new options, there are others that still possess questionable abilities or talents. Gul’dan, the most recent hero added to the game, has only one viable ultimate because his other option lacks consistent value and rains down disappointment upon the battlefield. For today’s post, I want to discuss two heroes who possess traits that still feel out of place or oddly designed, and attempt to create solutions to the issues I perceive.

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World of Warcraft: A Reply Gone Awry

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Last week, I watched a video from the YouTube channel, Bellular Gaming. The topic of the video (found here) focused on ten concerns Bellular has with the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion. About midway through the video, I decided to share my thoughts on a few of his concerns in a comment. I had written responses to two of his points before a misclick here and an accidental key press there sent me to another video, killing the comment I had been working on. So, instead of attempting to rewrite my comment and risk my fingers stumbling all over themselves again, I shall share my thoughts regarding a few of those points here.

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Heroes of the Storm: Age of Ultra Lame Talents

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The last few updates to Heroes of the Storm have brought with them major talent changes to various heroes. A few heroes that have remained relatively unchanged since the beta, like Nova, have seen drastic changes in their talent options. Amidst these changes, I have observed a difference in the way talents are being designed. In some cases, potent gameplay options are being replaced with entirely inconsequential talents, and this design is becoming more widespread (albeit slowly). In today’s post, I will discuss the observations that are leading me to believe that Heroes of the Storm is moving into an age of ultron ultra lame talents.

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Crowfall: Skills that Pay the Bills

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If you have not yet heard, it turns out Crowfall will have a metric shit-ton of skills available at launch. ArtCraft Entertainment recently released the information about this portion of their game, and there is a lot to take in at once. You can also find an interview with J. Todd Coleman on MMORPG.com that was released earlier in the week. Most of the information from the interview can be found in the Skills FAQ on the Crowfall site, but there was an image from MMORPG’s post that caught my eye. In today’s post, I will discuss what I have learned about the skills system, and how I believe it might affect the game in the long term.

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Build a Hero: WoW Warlock for HotS

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Heroes of the Storm has been releasing new characters at quite the rapid rate since going live (as in not in beta). I haven’t played it as much since it went live, but I have kept up with the updates primarily through videos on YouTube (see MFPallyTime). For this post, I thought it would be fun to do something creative. I want to create a concept for a new Hero based on a class I enjoyed when I played World of Warcraft. Today, let’s imagine what it would be like to play a Warlock in Heroes of the Storm.

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The Fault in Our PlayStation All-Stars

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I can recall my excitement following the announcement of PlayStation All-Stars. I had been a huge fan of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series (I still am), and played a metric crap load of each title that had been released. For several years before the game’s announcement, I believed Sony would be capable of creating a game similar to Super Smash Bros. due to the PlayStation’s collection of memorable characters. Learning that this idea I had in my head was actually happening made me really hopeful for the possibilities. The resulting title PlayStation gave to its fans was great — until you started to see the faults in its design.

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Who Does It Best?: Costumes VS Transmog

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It’s Wednesday and there are no new episodes of Heroes Reborn for the rest of the year. So, I thought I would take the time to create a gaming-centric discussion.

There are a lot of MMORPGs out there, and each one provide players with an assortment of options to customize their characters. However, there is one facet of character customization that has only recently been receiving greater attention by the developers. This aspect of customization is incredibly important to players and their ability to create a unique identity for their character, or a personal identity within their community. I am, of course, referring to the capacity for players to modify the appearance of their characters without affecting their effectiveness in combat.

Today, I will review the cosmetic options provided by several MMORPGs. I will provide a short overview of each feature for those who may be unfamiliar. I will weigh the pros and cons for the design of each feature. Then, I will choose one of the features listed here that I believe possesses the best model overall. In the end, I will be finding the answer to the question: Who does it better?

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