Local design document (ORC)
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These pages are under heavy construction & only intended for the developers. Notice that most of the info will change.
Welcome to the Local Design Document for the Original Rules Concept. While the General Design Document outlines the overall framework for WTactics and tells us what type of games we can develop within the WTactics community the Local Design Document you are viewing right now is a more detailed coninuation of it, niched towards one specifc rules system that is under development: The Original Rules Concept, or as we often say in short, the ORC.
The Original Rules Concept itself is available at this page. If you're interested in development it would be a benefit if you read the General Design Document, then this Local Design Document and finally the ORC, in that given order.
While snowdrop is the maintainer of the ORC the development process is transparent and done in public. You are always welcome to become a part of the ORC team or lead your own development of new and different rule system. Either way, please enrich the community with the grace of your presence and feel invited to register in here as well as on the forum to participate in an ongoing discussion or give birth to a new one.
- We try to follow all the General Design Document to whatever extent possible.
- Focus on a 2 player game. (We'll adapt it for more players later on.)
- Use the table to put the spatial dimension in the game.
- Avoid hard coded randomness.
- Minimize use of player administration & game variables, balancing that against:
- Maximizing strategical depth and game flow.
- With time, let the player build up the tier level of what can be played.
- Playing time average is 60 - 80 min. A >= 10 rounds game is considered to be long lasting, yet perfectly possible.
- There are five factions as laid out in the background story. Note that these will perhaps have to reduced down into just four if a clear identity can't be found mechanic wise for each and every one, in which case the fifth would be incorporated into the others, broadening them up while keeping their distinct feeling.
- Factions should be asymmetrical as far as possible.
- New factions won't ever be introduced: Subtypes should be used instead as subfactions if needed. We want broader factions with depth instead of plenty of narrow and over-specialized ones.
- Card names in general should be 1) Functional 2) Aesthetically appealing 3) Short, in that order of preferences.
- Creatures tend to have generic & functional unit names instead of personal ones.
- Example: Elvish Ballerina, Guardian of the Empire, Elvish Archer etc.
- Personal creature names are rare and reserved for special and renown high tier creatures.
- Creature's default, printed attack/defence is usually an integer between 1 to 10, where 10 is very rare godlike tier of battle damage reserved for max 1% of the total creature pool, and 5 is considered to be very strong.
- Creatures can have 0 attack, but not less than 1 DEF as default value.
- Numbers can never be negative, and there's no upper limit for how high ATK/DEF can become while being modified in game.
- Card stats are adjusted in relation to certain attributes, such as species, faction, abilities etc. Please see mindmap for more specifics.
- Each creature card is of the cardtype Creature. This is not written out in clear text. Instead it is indicated by the creature template that differs from all other templates in both colour and layout. In addition it has some two unique containers that are only found on it.
- A creature can be of several subtypes, also known as creature types.
- Creature names also double as subtypes. Example: A creature card named "Elvish Archer" entails that it is of the "elvish" subtype as well as the "archer" subtype.
- Number of creature types a creature has should never go beyond four. Typically it would only have one or two.
- A creature always has at least one creature type.
- There are no special rules associated with specific creature types. All types that need such rules should be converted into abilities instead, along with reminder text.
- When the designing there are two types of abilities: Normal and minor. Minor abilities are the ones that have limited effects, while normal are the rest.
- Example: "This creature can't be targeted by Enchantments." vs "This creature can't be targeted." The terminology minor and normal abilities won't be made official to the players via the cards. The wording won't be seen in the game and is primarily there to help us as designers to sort abilities into different tiers.
- Normal abilities that only apply in the offensive or defensive but not both zones are also considered to be minor. Most abilities can be limited that way by having the word "Offensive" or "Defensive" added in front of their keyworded name, as a prefix.
- Example: Offensive Strike is a minor version of the ability called just Strike.
- Creatures usually have between 0 to 2 abilities, with the exception that two minor abilities count as one normal.
- Creatures with more than 2 normal abilities are a rare exception. A creature can't have more than three minor abilities in total.
- Negative abilities - inabilities - can be used for balancing reasons to give a creature a drawback.
- All abilities belong to one of four faction related groups:
- Primary: These are faction specific abilities that are unique and only available to that specific faction. About 30% to 60% of the abilities available should be of this type.
- Secondary: Abilities borrowed from a pre-defined "sister faction". About 5% - 10%. Substandard performance.
- Tertiary: Abilities borrowed from a pre-defined "cousin faction". About 0% - 3%. Substandard performance.
- General: Abilities that any faction could have. 10% - 30%. Example: Flying.
To calculate a creatures cost one has should take the following into account to get a basic idea of what price in gold could be appropriate:
- +1 gold cost per normal positive ability, +0.5 gold for per minor positive.
- -1 gold cost per normal negative ability, -0.5 gold for per minor positive.
- The following should also be added to the gold cost, rounded to zero decimals correctly: (ATK + DEF)/2. Whenever rounding occurs an additional minor skill will have to be added to make up for the 0.5 extra gold cost.
- Out of faction characteristics according to modifiers: Between +0 to +5 gold cost.
- +0 gold cost is only given for an out of faction characteristics if the card has other, non-cost related, serious drawbacks instead. If it has not then the gold cost is used steeply to compensate.
- Example: A Gaian card that would kill target creature instantly is out of character for how Gaians work. Such a card would probably cost +3 or +4 more than other factions equivalent.
Out of faction
- Huge creatures
- Mono-faction heroes normally have a Loyalty point of 3.
- Multi-faction heroes usually have a total threshold point of 4 or 5.
- While most do, each doesn't have to have a value of 3 associated with a single faction.
- Multi faction heroes are subject for stat or ability drawbacks.
- The faction points for the tertiary faction are always equal to 1.
- A Hero can never be associated with more than 3 factions.
- Hero distribution in total should be around 70% mono, 20% duo-factione and 10% tri-faction.
- The core is likely to have zero tri-factioned Heroes. It will maybe have 2 duo-faction Heroes, and all the rest will be mono.
- Quests give between 1 to 5 Victory Points upon their completion.