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Jason Grinblat (Co-Founder & Designer, Freehold Games)
Location: Room 2009, West Hall
Date: Monday, March 19
Time: 2:10pm - 2:40pm
Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits, Indie Games Summit - Get your pass now!
Topic: Independent Games Summit
Vault Recording: Video
Audience Level: Intermediate
You want to procedurally generate histories for your game. But history is a complex, tangled network of people, places, and, events, so how do you possibly start? In this talk, Jason Grinblat walks through the novel approach he used to generate histories for 'Caves of Qud'. He starts by laying out some commonalities across games that generate histories, using 'Dwarf Fortress' and 'Epitaph' as examples. Then he demonstrates how he avoided building a full historical simulation by generating historical events and rationalizing them after the fact. Tying in a discussion about the power of replacement grammars, he explains how to produce rich, convincing histories on a tight scope budget.
Attendees will get familiarized with procedural history generation and learn about a novel approach for generating game world histories on a tight scope budget. They will also learn about replacement grammars (a powerful tool for generating text) and how to incorporate them into their procedural toolbelts.