Hello Gameful community.
I am new here so firstly a little bit about me:
I have been a gamer all my life (since I was 5), as a teenager I realised I wanted to be a games designer when I was older but constantly doubted my abilities and suffered massive self confidence issues. I kind of ignored this job as I battled with severe depression, anxiety, PTSD and cyclothymia (soft bipolar disorder). I managed to graduate from university, with a fairly high grade, despite all of this and I am now realising my dream of being a games designer isn’t really so far-fetched.
I am here now because I have a strong game idea. I read through ‘Reality is Broken’ and I was inspired by the idea of SuperBetter, however I wanted my game to be aimed at people who aren’t going to ‘get better’. People with conditions like OCD, reoccurring depression, bipolar disorder, fibromyalgia, asperser’s syndrome, chronic anxiety, etc...
I combined the idea of SuperBetter with an idea that my therapist suggested to me for not feeling lost after university. I explained to her that now without a structure around me I wasn’t really sure how I was going to ever reach my goal, I felt like I was floating in this wandering nothingness space between graduation and real life. I also had no idea how to tell if I was progressing towards my dream or if I was imagining things, so she suggested that I make a timeline on a piece of paper and at one end write where I am right now and at the other end to write, as precisely as possible, where I want to be in 10 years time. I should then also write where I imagine myself to be in 5 years time and in 2 years time, so that I could be generally aware of my progression.
I developed this system from something quite basic into something quite complicated, I brought a diary and wrote down tasks for each day, then I could tick them off and see how that task had moved me a tiny bit closer to my goal.
This system is working amazingly for me, but I want to take this further. The game is called “Game of My Life” (although this can definitely be changed) and what it essentially does is add a progression bar to real life. It is meant as a long term management system, primarily for people with permanent disorders and conditions, but can be used by anyone who wants to better manage their life.
I have a pretty clear idea of how I want this game to work, I have designed most of the levelling systems, how to make this sustainable in the long term, in game rewards, currency and titles. How you will be able to view and track your progress, how the game will display ‘stats’ to you, and how this could be integrated into social media so that it’s a single player game but within a wider community where players can celebrate each other’s achievements together.
Going into a bit more detail, how I would like the game to work is you can involve it as much in your life as you want, i.e. you can have it for just one thing like weight management or you can apply it to your whole life where you will gain experience via up to 7 different sections (Home, professional, mental health, physical health..etc..).You set yourself ‘projects’ or ‘tasks’ that come in 3 types:
Then for each project you assign a difficulty which will affect how much XP you gain from completing it. Mini projects only reward small amounts of XP while Life projects reward massive quantities of XP and gold.
There would also be another set of tasks which fall into the category of repeatables.
These are tasks you need to make the effort to enter but then you set them as repeatable so that they reset at the appropriate moment.
Some things the game should never do:
Some things the game should always do:
I realise that this post is considerably longer than I intended it to be, but I really wanted to get across as much information as possible. Despite all this planning however, I do now know how to turn all this information into a game at all. I am trying to teach myself scripting but I am starting from absolute scratch so this idea is still far from a reality at the moment.
Collaboration wise what I really need is:
Thank you for reading, I would really love to hear some feedback.
I want to affirm you in this project. It sounds like you are really onto something. Keep plugging on teaching yourself the skills you need to make this game a reality. Don't let waiting for a coder stall your progress, and you can add the new skills to your own score. My only feedback would be to build in a way for people to add or change their goals if their desires for 10 years down the road change as they grow.