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The Codex interviews Vince D. Weller
Interview - posted by JarlFrank on Wed 23 April 2008, 18:23:27Tags: Iron Tower Studio; The Age of Decadence; Vince D. Weller
I've interviewed Vince about his upcoming RPG Age of Decadence, focusing on the game's development and indie gaming in general. Read the article here.
I've started with the setting, main story overview, and major design elements (character system, combat, multiple ways to handle quests, non-linearity, etc). I didn't do all the quests or ways to solve them, of course. I'm talking about the concept phase here. For example, one way to keep the main quest non-linear is to have multiple factions interested in it. These factions shouldn't want the same thing as that would make your choice of a faction less important. So, they should want different things which would give you different reasons to pursue the main quest and would require you to make very different decisions once you are at the end of your journey. At the same time you can't be sent to several different directions at once, so your final destination should be able to offer and support different outcomes, etc. In other words, you develop the frame of a game first and then fill it in with the actual content.
It has some nice information on the development process of the game, and on how they created it. Also some helpful things for people who've toyed with the idea of becoming an indie developer. Enjoy.