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Gamecock City Gamer:
I started with asking myself "How will players interact with the world." If they are engaging in combat with an NPC/Monster or if they are attempting to build a bridge. Will the action require a dice roll? Card draw? Jenga piece removal? Once I had that decided, I have been building my game around that.

I decided that interactions will have a dice roll based on stats, with the roll being modified by secondary stats, skills, equipment, etc.

Once I had the interactions down, I was able to devise a character creation method and then worked on filling in all the "fluff" such as building the world, creature library, and all the other stuff that makes up an RPG. (My game is still a WOP. But I hope to be able to have it ready for wide-spread playtesting soon.)

Renegade_Productions:

--- Quote from: SirParadox on September 08, 2021, 07:14:56 PM ---I started with the basic intro to the system world then a brief outline of species.
Then I started with the attributes how they are determined
Next I started on random tables for boosting attributes creating unique characters and such
I have a baseline skill system figured out and a starting combat system.
Lore for each species, GM lore, world lore and other tidbits ad they come to me
Once I have everything ready I would put the intro lore first as it already is,  species description outlines, then character creation, more detailed species information, skills, combat, then equipment
I would add in the lore not attached to a given species, and other interesting tidbits as needed and appropriate.
Lastly would be the GM section with lore, suggestions, guides for running, enemy information, critters etc..

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Sounds like what I've been doing for the last few months. Just holding off adding too much fluff, and one of the character aspects, until I can see how well the existing core mechanics work.


--- Quote from: Gamecock City Gamer on September 10, 2021, 02:10:04 PM ---I started with asking myself "How will players interact with the world." If they are engaging in combat with an NPC/Monster or if they are attempting to build a bridge. Will the action require a dice roll? Card draw? Jenga piece removal? Once I had that decided, I have been building my game around that.

I decided that interactions will have a dice roll based on stats, with the roll being modified by secondary stats, skills, equipment, etc.

Once I had the interactions down, I was able to devise a character creation method and then worked on filling in all the "fluff" such as building the world, creature library, and all the other stuff that makes up an RPG. (My game is still a WOP. But I hope to be able to have it ready for wide-spread playtesting soon.
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