I should probably mention my project at some point!
And that point…..
I got some amigos together of both the gaming and non gaming variety. I plied them with tea and and then pulled out the notebook. I wanted to know what kind of game would they love to play that isn’t currently available?
Some points emerged:
1- Lots of shorter bits of varied gameplay fitting in to one big game. Like channel surfing, but more in depth and in an actual game world. You can play for hours, or half an hour, within the same game
2- Bored of shooting/mediocre action shoehorned in to RPGs. Either you are a good shooter/action game or not. We want an in depth story world that isn’t just a carrier for endless dungeons and ‘pew pew pew’.
3- Non ‘gamers’ don’t want to shoot anything at all but not because they don’t want violence. They just don’t want combat to be the main test.
4- Cool story and world. ‘Yes I know there are already cool worlds, but I don’t want LOTR or wasteland!’
So I cast them out and got sketching. I started with a setting (the phrase ‘Channel surfing’ really hit me) and went for a TV land. Potentially limitless, ja?
The design for ‘Bubble’ basically grew form ‘TV land’, ‘nae guns’, ‘cool world’ and ‘lots of little different bits’.
The result is something of a Frankenstein’s monster but I’d totes play it. It would be epic to write for as well.
The foucs (hah!) group, upon reassembling, enjoyed the idea. They sat for a good idea firing Production ideas at each other. I pretended to take notes whilst actually doodling turtles.
I really regret that atm.