Back a couple years ago I started on this new concept of a game design.
I wanted the main theme to have a rich story and lore but I also wanted the mechanics of the thing to not be so much player versus player. I was down that path before and was making a big attempt to make one world which was not PvP.
I was making it with no levels at all because the play is not a treadmill of experience grinding. I think you will understand the concept if you continue to read on.
The basic idea was to create a system for artesian designing.
What I originally had in mind was along this route but again it got side tracked into something totally different.
Forester – Harvests trees for raw resources.
Miner – Harvests rock and ore.
Farmer – Grows plants.
Warden – Hunts, traps and fishes.
Sawmill – Buys form the Forester and makes planks and beams and panels.
Architect – Make prefabbed buildings from the basic building blocks.
Chemist – Makes paint and dyes.
Clothier – Makes clothing and armor.
Engineer – Builds roads and bridges
Mason – Makes blocks and slabs from stones and boulders.
Cook – Makes foods and drinks
My main concern was bandwidth and I don’t think the world terrain editing on a massive scale of 1000’s of transactions a second can happen right now because of bandwidth so I decided to go with a preexisting engine that has the clustering capability and a premade terrain which spread across a couple thousand square kilometers.
I was trying to get a realistic looking world made so I could complete the next phase which was the raw resource spawning like rocks and ore to mine and trees and plants to harvest. I actually had 300 types of trees, 200 rocks and 194 plants done. Again I got sidetracked into something else entirely. I just couldn’t get this across to others how I was designing it.
The world needed a couple prebuilt cities for required initial resources and crafting center but the rest of the world is bare for developing the world databases. Can you get the picture?
As a programmer I don’t have a great talent for art but I can make basic building blocks like different kinds of wooden planks, stone slabs and such so I was trying to make a bunch of building blocks which comprised of 1 by 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 .. etc. with different wood grain textures that could be selected including plain logs from different tree types for the woodworkers and sawmill operators.
The masons would be able to make stone blocks in different shapes that when placed together made a complex structure.
Well here nor there that was as far as I got and I am not really interested in it anymore. Time is running out for me.