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Procedural Storytelling in Game Design

2nd Edition

Edited by Tanya X. Short, Tarn Adams

A K Peters/CRC Press

392 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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This book is an edited collection of chapters, each covering an aspect of video game development called procedural generation. This approach to development means that the games themselves create their play areas, objects and stories based on a set of rules, rather than relying on the developer to handcraft each element individually. The reader will learn to create randomized maps, weave accidental plotlines, and manage complex systems that are prone to unpredictable behavior. Examines content and system creation. Designers from a variety of studios provide concrete examples from their games to illustrate the many facets of this emerging sub-discipline.

Key Features

  • Introduces the differences between static/traditional game design and procedural game design
  • Demonstrates how to solve or avoid common problems with procedural game design in a variety of concrete ways
  • World’s finest guide for how to begin thinking about procedural design
  • Table of Contents

    SECTION 1: Introduction to Procedural Generation. Chapter: When and Why to Use Procedural Generation.Chapter. Managing Output: Boredom versus Chaos Chapter: Aesthetics in Generation. Chapter: Ethics in Procedural Generation – Darius Kazemi. SECTION 2: Procedural Content. Chapter: Level Design Fundamentals. Chapter: Dungeons Chapter: Worlds Chapter: Puzzles Chapter: Infinite Items. Chapter: A.I. Chapter: Enemy Spawning & Challenge – Wyatt Cheng. Chapter: Animation Chapter: Audio – Bronson Zgeb. Chapter: Content ToolsSECTION 3: Procedural Narrative. Chapter: Characters. Chapter: Plot & Story Directors – Emily Short. Chapter: Text Generation – Harry Tuffs. Chapter: Personalities & Emotions. Chapter: Emergent Narrative & User Stories.SECTION 4: The Future Chapter: Generated Games. Chapter: Algorithms & Approaches. Chapter: Generating Meaning.

    About the Editors

    Tanya X. Short is the director of Kitfox Games, the 4-person studio behind Moon Hunters and Shattered Planet. Previously, she worked as a designer at Funcom Games on The Secret World and Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures. In her spare time, she acts as the co-director of Pixelles, a non-profit helping more women make games.

    Tarn Adams is best known as the developer of Dwarf Fortress since 2002 with his older brother Zach. He learned programming in his childhood, and has been designing computer games as a hobby. He quit his first year of a mathematics post doctorate at Texas A&M to focus on game development in 2006.

    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    COMPUTERS / Programming / Games