I don’t know how interesting this is for people but it struck me as interesting just how many game developers (inparticular those that make very casual games, such as myself) write design documents.
I had a quick look around the web last night for fellow casual game designers and stumbled upon some interesting discussions.
Apologies for the poor quality. I took it rather hastily with my BlackBerry. Not a great camera.
I guess where there’s more than one person working on a project it makes a lot of sense to have a document full of ideas. But for me there’s no real requirement. I just use one of those rather neat little Moleskine pads and scribble down my ideas on the fly :-)
It will probably bite me on the backside one day that I don’t invest time upfront planning my games but so far it’s served me well.
I just love idly scribbling down thoughts and cartoon sketches for my characters.
I’m working on a mobile version of Invaders from Mars just now hence the little sprite sketches that you see in the picture. The Wizard sketch is my sole wizard design for your little guy in Wizard Wars :-) Merlin style of course.
I hope to have something to show for Invaders pretty soon.