Start of the Game

All games have the players in some initial position or setup. In chess, it’s the opening position of the 16 white and 16 black pieces. In a world domination or strategy game, it’s each player’s currently occupied terrain. In a role-playing game (RPG), it’s the adventuring party consisting of various races, skills (magic, fighting, learned skills like locksmithing), and occupations (soldier, priest, blacksmith) preparing to start a quest.

In a sports game, it’s the team’s or player’s starting formation or position. In an adventure game, it might be a puzzle to solve or deciding which direction to initially explore. In a puzzle game, it’s the initial setup of the puzzle’s challenge.

Perhaps the game could be designed to have a random start position. Some games can be unbalanced, allowing the more skillful player to have a handicap in the initial position.

Game Design Foundations
Game Design Foundations (Wordware Game and Graphics Library)
ISBN: 1556229739
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 179

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