A gorgeous take on the “walking game” genre, Season’s main themes are “Travel” and “Preservation”.
A stylized game rendered in nostalgic colors, it looks like a fairytale painting. Explore a dying world and collect what remains of a world of life and wonder.
From the offical site:
Document, photograph, draw, and record life. Through a solitary bicycle journey, form your own memories, your own vision of the world around you. Your goal? Protect these treasures from being forgotten. Your quest will lead you to discover a new world; unknown, yet familiar. You will be immersed in different societies that will make you discover the mysteries of the world of Season; a surreal version of the mid-twentieth century, where thousands of years have passed without any progress. Find out what caused the last collapse and what might cause the next one…
By Scavengers studio, due to be released this year on PC and Playstation.
Capitalizing on the Animal Crossing craze, this adorable game adds a haunting twist!
The lovely artwork is paired with a Real-time environment and missions to go on! There is more to do as more time passes, and game play starts at a half hour and builds to over 2 hours a day.
Cozy Grove is an easier and more character based alternative to animal crossing, and has mechanics reminiscent of Stardew Valley.
Decoration can influences your surroundings, and Item collecting is a relatively large part of gameplay. It’s Good for casual gamers , as it’s mechanics, by design, space out playtime.
With a ratio of 3 Positive reviews for every one negative on Steam, the game garners an 80% on MetaCritic. Most of the Negative reviews don’t care for the segmented, real time play style, rather than anything technical.
The art is light and whimsical, adding to the relaxing nature of the game, while the writing keeps you intrigued with each character’s story .
The game is available in 14 different languages. and on switch as well as PC!
3D platformer which acts as the debut platform for the Publisher Playtonic Friends, “Demon Turf” has a combination of 2D and 3D art. So far, some of the quirks include self-placed checkpoints and momentum-based battle.
It’s cute artstyle and unique designs show promise!
Demon Turf is planned to be released in 2021, a platformer for all ages!
In part 2, we’ll be using Excel, and the updated version of MS paint (Paint 3d)
Open up paint 3d! You want to go to the Canvas tab, and switch the sizing from pixels to percent. Type in 30 for the width. Or you can put in the exact pixel size for your card. Pokemon cards are 718 x 1000 pixels.
Next, click back to the brushes, select your color and use the bucket (fill) tool on your canvas!
To help figure out what you want, and where, it’s helpful to outline with rectangles! Go to 2D shapes, Pick the rectangle option, drag a corner to grow to the size you want. Then, adjust your line thickness and color to your preference! If the rectangle is a whole shape, you can change it to an outline by changing the fill option to none.
Instead of repeatedly clicking on the 2D shapes, you can use the clone tool. Click the left-most option, and drag the new shape to modify it as you wish!
Next, play around with the text options! Make sure to click on the letter “T” in the option bar before clicking where you want to place the text.
Adding the Image: Go to the Sticker tab, and click add sticker. This uses the images on your device, so you’d have to download the applicable images.
Alternatively, you can also copy + paste an image from online using your keyboard shortcuts.
Save to your computer!
Open up a new tap, and put in what text you want first! Make sure you have some space between the text. make sure there are two rows before the first line.
Next, use the numbered and lettered rows and columns to adjust the sizes en-mass. Make A and C skinny- this will be the space between the edge of the card and the text.
Select A2:C8, and use the bucket tool to fill the whole block in! This will be your base color!
Next, select your text, and use the square button (it’s between the U and the bucket tool), and select the thick, outlined border.
Select your card, and copy and paste it as much as you’d like! Then, select the lettered columns that correspond with the space-filling areas. Adjust the size of one, and it will affect the other highlighted columns.
Repeat for the horizonal rows, including the text and description boxes.
No art skills? No problem! If you want to create a card game, and you can do everything except draw, this is for you!
One thing you can do is use other cards as an example, like pokemon cards, Magic cards, or any other game who’s aesthetic you like. If you have physical cards that you no longer care about, you can use white-out on individual lines, or white paint to cover the card. That way, you can write out the information on the cards!
I will show some ways to design cards on your computer!
Let’s start with two classics- MSPaint and Microsoft Word!
Open up a new canvas. Use the bottom right corner to drag to the size you want. Use the Bucket to fill in with a color you want.
Use the box-drawing tool to map out where you want the different parts to go (title, image, description). Save a copy of this so you can make as many cards as you want from this base.
Write what you want in the boxes you’ve made using the text tool. make sure to click the bottom option if you want the back ground color to show through.
If you can’t make an image, find one! Search for what you want, and make sure to select “transparent” in the color options if you wan the background to peek through. If you plan on selling the game, click “Usage rights” and select “creative commons”.
Copy and Paste your image onto the card using the left click options.
Save your image and admire it! Make as many as you’d like!
Bored in your at-home office? Use your work tools for play! Open a new document and follow along….
Click the “Insert” tab. Click on “Smart art”, then choose the kind of diagram that best fits what you want on the card. Hit “Ok”
Fill in the cards with the information you want! You can also play around with colors +styles.
For a card outline/aesthetic: Go to the insert tab, hit “Shapes”. Choose any of the rectangle options (I recommend the rounded kind). Then, adjust the size to fit over what you’ve done.
Click on the “Shape format” tab. You can play around with colors here! Click “Shape fill”, select “No fill”. This will give you the outline of your card! Then, if you want a different thickness for the outline, select “weight”, and then click on the number you want. Then, copy and paste your new shape, and move it over to the other Smart-art section.
Go to the “Home” tab, and find the “Select” options. Select the drop-down, and hit “Select All”.
Copy the selection. Click below the cards you have and find the typing cursor ( I). Hit the Enter key until there is space after the cards. Paste your selection!
Adjust your new cards until you’re happy, and then Print!
Trapped on our own islands of loneliness, we seek a way out. In this game, you can sate that desperation by escaping the clutches of wilderness. I first heard about Robinson Crusoe the board game from my friend’s history professor. He, like many others, was looking for games to play at home.
One of the several draws of this board game is the ability to play by yourself. Robinson Crusoe has a Single Player option and a Multiplayer one, up to 4 players total. The Game is Published by Portal Games, and is available here.
The Game is based off of the classic book Robinson Crusoe, published in 1719.
Resource-gathering game that included cards, dice and tokens. There are many different paths to victory, which allows for replayability, especially if you have a dislike for repetitive games.
Decide on a theme, idea or concept that you want to explore.
Decide on a Game end goal/ how one wins the game.
This is where counters come in. How many does one need to win? Are they part of winning, or do you use them to retrieve other cards?
Counter examples: Health points in Pokemon, a way to get assets in Netrunner, A way to count round victories (and bets in general) in Mahjong.
For the game I’m creating as an example, A certain number of each kind of token (Division and Romance) is needed to win the game.
Balance in these kinds of games can be tricky.
I suggest using existing proportions from other things as a guide. For example, using the way currency is divided as a basis for card-to-token ratios. Nickels to Dimes to Quarters (20:10:4), as token type 1: token type 2: total cards, if you don’t mind having numbered tokens (or just a whole pile of them). For the Example, to figure out how much of each type of card I wanted, I played off of the average number of fic tags on any one work, and decided that balancing between 7 and 12 might do me good. Again, there’s no need to worry; play time with the game will help figure out the kinks, or even talking about the design with other potential players.
Design the cards.
The key to games that require reading is to make sure your font is legible for all your players. Using Dyslexic-friendly fonts, and making sure that the text is at a good size, especially if your players are on the older side.
Color-coding your cards can help distinguish them. Since tokens are involved, it can help to add any symbols on the tokens to the corresponding cards.
I used excel to help me with this step!
A sampling of card names + some descriptions-in-progress
While researching Magic the Gathering (I had heard it was a fun play), I came across something else that piqued my interest: an extinct game by the name of Android: Netrunner.
At the Brain-dead hour of 4 am, the fast-paced commentary on the Netrunner U.S. Nationals 2019 The Cut was a pleasant listen. From what I’ve gathered on a brain full of sleep soup (probably better known as melatonin), I’ve gathered that it’s a combination of Magic the Gathering and Poker.
The game runs as follows: You and another player oppose eachother; one plays a corporation, and the other plays a hacker. Each team has to get 7 “agenda points”. Hackers gain them from taking the cards from the corporation, and the corporation from completing agenda card requirements.
Entertaining, or at the very least, compelling!
This game involves Resource management, and much like our own monetary system, there is some complexity. The game involves 6 kinds of tokens, most of which are double-sided to signify different things.
The Artwork is lovely as well!
For those who want a true cyberpunk experience, this is the game for you.
Since it was cancelled in 2017, there’s no chance of getting new cards, but there is an online deckbuilder/play site here.
Feats are, boiled down, unique actions or abilities that one can do/have. A game that relies on feats over anything else generally has less reliance on stats or items, and is more about the imagery that comes from a more verbally-based adventure. Some videogames have them as part of a “talent tree”, in that feats have to be unlocked in a certain order. In these games, some trees are blocked off if you’ve chosen a certain role or path. Games can use feats to boost base skills, or allow more flexibility in the actions your character can take.
Feats let players do another level of customization, and lets them use something that isn’t for numbers, necessarily. Feats can allow for more fun and can create unique Interactions between other characters and the environment around them.
How do I make ’em?
Feats tend to have limits of their usage in a certain time frame. That can help with balance in your game. A much stronger/ impressive feat will be given a longer time between uses than some thing simpler/weaker. One can also have a limit per game of times each feat (or all feats as a whole) can be used.
You can bring Balance to your game through keeping things consistent, watching the usefulness of the feats, and allowing the feats to have in-game importance. Consistency can refer to the description used; keeping the feats at a similar level of power and/or versatility will help keep the players at a compatible level. Usefulness is also a factor in balance and also, consistency. Are your feats tied directly to the gameplay? Are they more for Aesthetic purposes? How you choose to integrate those will be based on the type of play you and your players are looking for. A more light-hearted game for comedy reasons may choose to have silly, more aesthetic-based feats, that do more for conversation than plot, because that is what players are looking for.
Themed around subject: What is unique to the chosen genre? What can only be done or be seen in the genre you choose? What tropes do you enjoy that can be integrated into your game?
Themed around the character’s species, for example, if the character is a merperson(triton, mermaid, generally aquatic), a feat can be “Once a day, the player can issue a command to nearby lake or sea creature. The creature must do a wisdom saving throw of at least 15 to resist”. The feat is unique to the specie’s upbringing and environment, and can lend flavor to an encounter.
Themed around the character’s job. Things that only that particular class can do, even split into subgroups of effect types. For example, a wizard. A Wizard feat could be being able to duplicate a spell, or change the effect type from fire to ice. Subgroup examples include: feats that effect weapons, feats that affect the Player, feats that affect other players/NPCs, feats that effect the environment.
Your game can be themed around the players. People enjoy things that are unique to them; it makes them feel empowered and even loved! Including something specific about those that you care about can be a way to make that connection be brimming with joy, adding a sparkle in their day!
What do I actually write down?
At the heart of it, you want a name and a description.
The name should be an accurate summary that piques the interest of the player.
The Description should be clear and concise.
It can be helpful to add in any identifying traits (like if the feat is specific to the species/job) beside the name.
Asterix and Obelix was a French Comic series that started 1959 (and still going strong) about Gaul (France)during the Roman Occupation. It’s a fun romp with magic potions, rambunctious bards and fiendish Romans all being explored (or beat up) by the comics namesakes’, Asterix and Obelix.
These historic heroes are getting a 2d beat-‘em-up in fall 2021!
It’ll be hand-drawn, to stay true to the style of the comics! It looks to have simple controls, and from the sneak peeks, it looks like it’ll be going through several of the comics’ storylines.
The game will have local co-op, and you can experience this historical-fantasy with your friends, and for those who read the comics, a fresh perspective on a French classic
It’ll be on these Platforms: PS4, Xbox One Consoles, Nintendo Switch, PC/Mac – Backward compatible on PS5 and Xbox Series X|S