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Balancing Turn-Based RPGs

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You don't need to look further than a game like World of Warcraft to see that even the most experienced developers have trouble maintaining class equilibrium. In this series, Robert DellaFave takes a look at balance from the perspective of a team creating a simple RPG, emphasizing throughout that a solid game design will make balancing your game significantly easier later on.

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  • Game Development
    Game Design
    Balancing Turn-Based RPGs: The Big PictureBalancing turn based rpgs game design 400px
    You don't need to look further than a game like World of Warcraft to see that even the most experienced developers have trouble maintaining class equilibrium. In this article, which is the first of a three-part series, we take a look at balance from the perspective of a team creating a simple RPG, emphasizing throughout that a solid game design will make balancing your game significantly easier later on.Read More…
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    Game Design
    Balancing Turn-Based RPGs: Party MembersBalancing turn based rpgs game design 400px
    Last time, we examined RPG balance from a mile-high perspective. In this segment we dig a bit deeper, by first determining the base stats of our protagonist and using the results to calculate meaningful derived stats, applicable in combat. We'll then take an in-depth look at how to balance one party member with another, even if they favor completely different types of combat. By the time the smoke clears, we'll have achieved basic party balance within our soon to be best-selling game, Final Trigger.Read More…
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    Game Design
    Balancing Turn-Based RPGs: EnemiesBalancing turn based rpgs game design 400px
    So far, we've determined base and derived stats for the hero of our mock game, Final Trigger. We then gave our spiky-haired protagonist a female companion, Jane, and fine-tuned her stats so that they would be in balance with his. This time around, in what will amount to the third and final part of our series on RPG balance, we will pit our newly-balanced hero Chroud against the fearsome, loathsome, death-defying... Killer Attack Rabbit.Read More…