So, roughly a couple months ago I had made an article relating to the ideal of an RTS Dragonball-themed game that would potentially benefit y'all in one way or another. The ideal of this article, is not to have you think I'm going to be developing such a game, but to get anyone of you that wants something to do, a head-start or a push in the right direction. Not all of this article is to be taken 100% to the T. You may, obviously, change some things around to better suite your needs.
So, onward to the juice of the fruit. When thinking about Dragonball based games on BYOND, we stereotypically think of the wanna-be MMO's and the RPGs, and there are a few new styles coming out that are Team-Based/Round-Based. These games are nice and all, but only if it's done correctly. Some of you may have known Dragonball Zeta in it's glory years. The game today has no beneficial value due to it's shoddy work and highly out-dated mechanics of a video game. But back in it's origins, Dragonball Zeta broke into the Anime scene, and in my opinion started the Anime-Based BYOND Games, with a hard-hitting fact that this was an Anime game which you could play.
I'm not much of an RPG/MMO kind of gamer, hell I'm not really much of a gamer to begin with. But when I think of these games, I think there's no real content other than the ability to simulate a single character to fulfill your desires and dreams of being an Anime character in the series/franchise. Well, simulators are nice, but do we really want to grind down to hitting P-Bags and Saibamen all day? Yeah, not so much fun when you get past a certain playing point.
A good game genre, ironically I don't favor too much, is RTS or Real-Time-Strategy. This sort of game-play offers a potentially unlimited amount of fun if you don't limit the players to playing linear quests and objectives.
Now, we can sit here and debate about this more, or we can get something done:
-- A list of facts to take into consideration --
(A) - Playable Characters Pt.1.
There is a variety of characters in the Anime that range in various differences such as race, appearance, abilities and so on. But one that sticks out is Alignment. Good and Evil. When categorizing your playable characters, start with the sub-category of Good and Evil. The ideal is to have a Good Side and an Evil Side in the game.
(B) - Two Factions / Two Forces.
Since we have organized the playable characters into two sides, we can now place the characters where they belong and maybe, if you really wanted to get in-depth, add more sub-categories for their Race/Origin Planet.
Frieza would obviously be placed in Evil while Goku is in Good. This way, only Evil Players can buy Frieza and only Good Players can buy Goku. Some characters are difficult such as Vegeta since he switches teams from Evil to Good. So maybe offer a time-line so to speak. Saiyan-Saga Vegeta is evil while Cell-Saga Vegeta is good.
You can do this either from an In-Game Time-Line or just let players use the past, present and future to their disposal.
(C) - The Grunt Life.
Obviously you don't want a bunch of Gokus and Vegetas running around. Have each side as a set-team. By this I mean if Player A from Good Side purchased Goku and Goku is already on the Field, Player B from Good cannot purchase Goku until the current Goku is dead and re-unlocked from Revival. After-Life Goku would be a separate pawn from regular Goku.
You'll also want some normal builder pawns. These can be Saibaman for Planet Vegeta, Humans for Planet Earth, Spirits for After-Life and so forth. They have the ability to build structures, re-plant the world and so on. They are easily killed by most main characters.
(D) - The World Pt.1.
Each planet, for the most part, as the ability to grow plants, maintain water, and so on. These wouldn't serve much use to the common newbie but they will serve a lot of use because resources turns into build-able items like Food, Structures and so on. Food will be able to regenerate a character's health. Structures can be built for Characters to Train, Travel, Build Technology and etc.
(E) - The World Pt.2.
Technology would be a focal point. Scouters can be made, space pods, dragon radars, advanced clothing/weights, training machines. You get the ideal. Weights would slow down a character, but offer more experience. Experience should be gained only from fighting. Fighting will improve experience and certain statistics significantly. Training is only for means of improving certain statistics when there is no fighting going on.
There are some key structures that shouldn't be build-able to keep in mind. The Hyperbolic Time Chamber, a.k.a. the HTC -- Do NOT spell it HBTC. It's HTC -- for example can only be opened if a Guardian is on the field and alive/active. The HTC would offer a sort of time-travel so that characters can go forward to unlock other characters ahead of time like Majin Vegeta or SS2 Gohan this way players can't directly ruin the gameplay of others by taking their sweet time.
(F) - Playable Characters Pt.2.
Now, to unlock a certain character, events must either unfold or a player needs to gain enough Points. I would recommend a Points system but do not over-power characters in exchange for little to no Points. The strong are strong, so you must be strong to get them unlocked... so to speak.
I would offer a huge variety of characters at players' disposal. From Saibamen to Demons to Frieza to Lord Slug. We all have our favorite characters and many games don't take into consideration that we aren't all golden-hair, monkey-obsessed freaks.
Characters should also have at the minimum 4 Attacks.
<> The standard Melee -- I would recommend basing your attack system to loop the Melee attack when you select a Character and then target an Enemy.
<> Basic Ki/Energy Attack (Maybe Fly or Ki-Blast or Power-Control)
<> Special 1. (Saiyan-Saga Goku's primary might be Kaioken).
<> Special 2. (Saiyan-Saga Goku's secondary might be Kamehameha).
(G) - Conclusion.
Just when a story gets good, you are interrupted, no? Well, I'm going to leave this as a cliff-hanger. Let your imaginations soar wild and have a good time developing.
Also, on a side note, although I don't like to participate in holidays... Have a safe and wonderful Halloween.
(Editor Note: My apologies to the author, I mis-clicked)