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I was wondering how ideas come to you. Obviously, since your on this forum, you at some point decided that the prospect of designing a game seemed like fun. When you got your first idea for a game were you passively or actively pursuing it? That is, were you one day struck by an "a-ha!" for a game idea and then you went to town on it? Or were you, like me, simply a boardgaming enthusiast who loves boardgames so much that you just started wondering, "Could I do that? Could I design a game?"

With that out of the way, here

Anonymous
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Hey Mario,

You ask some very good questions. I know for me the inspiration came while I was on a vacation about 5 years ago. (I don

zircher
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Being a 3D graphics guy, I tend to visualize game ideas as movie clips and then I start

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> I was wondering how ideas come to you.

Hmmm - the question you should never ask an author :-)

The traditional answer to this is "in the bath", although these days, what with everyone having showers and so on, the potential for the long soak seems to be disappearing.

I have sometimes woken up in the morning having dreamed up an entire game, usually to find it was terrible, but that

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For me, the best "thinking times" are either in the shower (sorry Scurra ;-) ) or during longer drive times (nice that I have an hour each way to/from work). I usually start with a theme, but there have been times when I

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I suppose that I

Anonymous
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hey :-) i

zaiga
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I don

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Quote:
31-03-2003 at 01:39, zaiga wrote:
Conclusion: don

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Quote:
31-03-2003 at 01:39, zaiga wrote:

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So, even though the mechanics in Urban Construct were completely thought of by myself, they were not "original". Still, the combination of mechanics is unique and there are some twists in the game that I haven

Anonymous
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Everyone I know approaches the concept of game design a little differently, in my case I need a theme, and away I go. I draw from something that isn

Chip
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The easiest way for me to get started with a project/idea is to think of a theme first. Ironically, this approach for me is usually not very productive. Although I can think of many, many themes on which to base a game - whether taken from movies, books, everyday happenings, etc. - it

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