Whether they’re playing mobile or on consoles, gamers of every stripe, gender, and age love RPGs the most. The ability to get involved in an immersive world and drive the story the way they want is what makes role playing games so popular.
From the early text-based PC games to those classic console games that laid the foundation for RPGs, story-based games have made gaming what it is today. As more gamers have turned to game designers, they carry on the tradition of storytelling that inspired them as kids.
If you’re thinking about creating your own game, it’s important that you work in some essential characteristics. In order to create a memorable world for players to invest hours into, make sure your game has these 4 essential features.
1. An Interesting World
No matter if you’re looking to create a realistic environment or a colorful fantasy world, your players are looking to find themselves somewhere they want to explore. If they can see something interesting on the horizon, you want them to want to check it out.
You can have the coolest side quests ever, but if your players are bored going from setting to setting, they may not want to do all that walking for a little bit of loot. If you’ve got challenging bosses or sections on your main quest, the only thing keeping them from giving up could be seeing how the world will unfold.
Gamemasters need their characters to fit in with your backdrop. A realistic looking character has to have a reason to be in a fantasy world. Figure out the balance between the art and science of your world.
The personality of your world has a major effect on player engagement.
2. Create Interesting Characters
Who is your main character? What drives them? Why do they interact with other characters the way they do?
Even if you don’t feel the need to include all the backstories of every townsperson or non-player character, you should know something about them. Good storytelling creates deep connections between every character. Figure out if you want a character-driven or a plot-driven story.
Either way, have an idea of where your characters were before your game begins and how the story of your game fits into who they are. Know the history of the world you’re creating and how everyone fits in.
3. Challenging and Diverse Quests
Going from level to level, following the same pattern of “find the key, beat the boss, collect the loot” gets tiring quickly. Find interesting ways to disrupt the pattern of going from dungeon to dungeon. Make side quests that require them to solve puzzles or include side-games that involve target shooting. Adding a different style of game inside your main RPG will be a nice getaway from the story once in a while. If players get tired of the story, they can take a break without ever losing interest in your game.
That said, the real way to keep your players engaged is to have meaningful quests and adventures. Get your players involved with the setting. This can be done by creating situations in which they have meaningful choices to make, or things happen that effect their Character’s close relations and friends. For example, instead of “Orcs maurading the countryside – go fight them”, you could have “Orcs kidnapped your character’s younger brother – what are you going to do?” The second one gets the player emotionally involved, and this is what creates meaning in the game.
4. Developer Support
Your game might be totally playable on day one, but there could be some bugs you didn’t anticipate or an area you forgot to finish developing. Releasing an early version of your game to players can help to get them involved with your efforts. Make sure it’s easy to get in touch with you. They might enjoy being part of your beta testing team. Be sure you reward players for their commitment and give out bonuses and special loot when you can.
Build Role Playing Games by Players, for Players
The best games are built by gamers who love to play role playing games. If you’re a fan with a great mind for storytelling, you’re sure to be able to build an exciting game that your audience is excited to devote hours to.
If you’re still trying to find your best world-building tool as a gamemaster, contact us to find out why Elthos could be a great fit for you.