We’ve talked about the use of RNG or randomization in game design before. When it works, it can give a game a lot of replayability. However, too much RNG and the player has no control over playing the actual game. For today’s post, I want to talk about how developers have found ways large and small to give the player a chance when the RNG Gods are not smiling on them.
Recently, I spoke with Mark Venturelli who designed the game Star Vikings. We’re going to dedicate a cast to the game soon, but there was a really good topic we talked about that I wanted to bring up. Probability is a major part of many game designs throughout the years, but comes with its own set of hurdles to deal with. For today’s post, I want to explore the trouble of balancing probability in your game.
Recently I’ve been playing a lot of games built around randomized or procedurally generated design. Yet despite their generated content, I keep finding myself getting bored with them fast. As I thought about this in detail, I came to realize that randomized elements in game design can actually be categorized easily to explain their impact on a game.
On our podcast last week we got on the subject of Diablo 3 and I talked about why it doesn’t hook me as much compared to Diablo 2 by using the phrase “sterilized” to describe it. Thinking about it more, we can use this to talk about what happens when designers in a way “over design” their titles.