So you want to come up with new game ideas for your next game, but you don’t know exactly where to start? There is a simple and efficient technique that will help you to create your next amazing game ideas.
This technique can be used in every situation from a simple game jam to a studio that needs to come up with new game ideas.
But let’s cut to the chase and let’s see how it works.
Step One: Expansion phase:
Let’s assume that you are in a game jam and as a theme, you have a snake that is eating its tail. The first thing to do is to put a sketch of the theme in the center of a board and then each member of the team could start to connect secondary ideas to the main one. At the end of this process you should have something like this:
The ideas that you connect to the main one doesn’t have to be associated with the main theme. It could be any kind of ideas.
Step two: Collection phase:
This step is very simple: You just have to collect all the ideas that you put on the board in the first phase into simple cards. It should be something like this:
Step Tree: Collection phase:
Here’s where the fun begins. Shuffle all the idea cards that you’ve made and deal two to each person in the group. Each person takes their two cards up to the whiteboard and reveals them to everyone. Then the group collectively comes up with three different game ideas inspired by the collision of the two cards.
Step Four: Rating Phase
Now that you have a lot of ideas, it’s time to start culling them. Each person should write on the whiteboard the two ideas from Step 3 that she thinks have the most merit.
Once everyone has done this, then all people should simultaneously put a tick mark next to the three ideas written on the board that they like the most.
You should end up with some ideas with lots of tick marks and some with very few.
Step 5: Discussion
Now that you have lots of ideas, it’s time to boil them down and combine them into good ideas. With dozens of different crazy ideas to choose from, you should be able to find a couple that sounds really good and to combine them into a great starting point for your design.
As you can see this technique is
It’ll just take 1 hour to have all your new game ideas ready to be developed.
The origin of this technique came from the book Introduction to Game Design by Jeremy Gibson
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