Category Archives: Level Design

Level Design Primer #9: Navigation through Non-Linear Levels

We’ve talked a bit about arranging challenges in a non-linear level. But what about the person actually playing your game? How do they find their way around? In linear games, it’s easy. “Which way did I come from? I’ll go … Continue reading

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Level Design Primer #8: Gating and Implicit Linearity

As I said in the last part, there are a lot of benefits to linear design. You can control the pace at which the player is introduced to new content and harder challenges. What if we want the feeling of … Continue reading

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Level Design Primer 7: Non-linear Level Design

We’ve talked so far about stringing together challenges in a linear order. Challenge 1 is followed by challenge 2 is followed by challenge 3 and so on. There are many advantages to building a game around this structure: you can … Continue reading

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Level Design Primer 6: Planning Out Levels

This article is going to be a bit different. I want to go a bit into my own personal process for planning out levels. Now, everyone is going to be different in what works for them as far as their … Continue reading

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Level Design Primer 4: Mental Obstacles

So far we’ve talked about obstacles in very narrow terms. Things that require direct, tactile action: dodging, shooting, avoiding, ect… However, there are also mental skills that games can challenge: Verbs such as explore, plan, prepare, solve, manage (resources), ect… … Continue reading

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Level Design Primer Part 3: Obstacles and Player Choice

Last chapter, I talked about obstacles in the most simple terms: Something that tests a specific player skill. However, you can also make a challenge that provides the player a choice between multiple skills. You’ve given them a problem and … Continue reading

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Level Design Primer Part 2: Fitting Challenges to Mechanics

I’ve released part 2 of my series on level design. You can read it here:  http://renegadesector.com/level-design-primer-2-fitting-challenges-to-mechanics/

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Level Design Primer Series

I’ve decided to start a series of articles on level design and what goes into it. More specifically, level design as it pertains to single player (or coop) games, and not multiplayer competitive games (that’s a whole other topic). I’ll … Continue reading

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