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Article - 'The Jobs In Making an RPG' by Rusty

An item about Game Design posted on Aug 8, 2003

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A comprehensive list of all the jobs needed in making an RPG.

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This article is a list of all the different jobs needed in making an RPG. You do not necessarily need one person for each job, for usually one person has more than one quality in making RPGs; some people may even be able to do the whole thing themselves. This article is simply a comprehensive list of all the jobs needed, which should prove useful for people wanting to start an RPG Making team.

Story

Obviously an RPG centres around its story. The story in an RPG must be interesting, and original. Someone with a good imagination is needed to think of a story, but also someone with good writing skills is needed to add interesting dialogue to make the story flow smoothly.

Character Development

One of the main reasons why RPGs are so popular is that, you arent controlling a weird little blue hedgehoy, you control characters with feelings and personalities. As you play through the game the player should get to know the character, and be able to relate to them. Character development is a very important job in an RPG, for if the player does not relate with the characters, they will not enjoy the game.

Simple Coding

Simple coding includes things like making cut scenes, creating NPCs, placing treasure chests and so on.

Complex Coding

Complex coding includes things like creating battle systems, designing menu systems and building mini games. This is not always needed, as a fun RPG can be made with simple coding, but special features can often add to the gameplay value of an RPG.

Heroes/Monsters Statistics Management

Someone to set statistics for the heroes so that the game is not too easy, nor too hard. Also needs to set statistics for the monsters, so that they are not too hard, but also not too easy.

Item Management

Someone to name and create original items.

Skills Management

Someone to name and create original skills.

Maps

Someone to design interesting and detailed maps to explore.

Music

Someone to compose music that fits in well with the atmosphere throughout the RPG / Someone to search the internet for music that fits in well with the atmosphere throughout the RPG (i.e. not just finding the first midi that sounds nice, something that actually suits what is going on in the game).

Charsets

Someone to create/edit/rip character graphics for the heroes and NPCs of the game / Someone to create poses for the heroes of the game / Someone to search the internet for good charsets for heroes and NPCs.

Chipsets

Someone to create/edit/rip chipsets for the game / Someone to search the internet for good chipsets, that will fit in with how the story writer invisioned certain places to look like.

Custom Systems Graphics

This is someone to create graphics for the custom systems in the game. Graphics are extremely important in a menu system, to make the menu look nice and have an easy layout. Also, as the battle system will be used a lot, it is good to make it as visually pleasing as possible.

All Other Graphics

Someone to create things like pictures and panoramas for the game. / Someone to search the internet for things like good pictures and good panoramas for the game.

Game Tester

Someone to test the game and look for bugs. This person shouldnt just simply play through the game, they should try everything that is possible in the game, test everything and try and make the game break by doing things that people wouldnt normally do.