The making of the Blood Rage Dized Tutorial

The making of the Blood Rage Tutorial has been a big step for Dized: we’ve already proven the concept for smaller games such as Kingdomino, but one question kept coming up: what about more complex games?

While Blood Rage is still not The Campaign for North Africa, it scores a “Complexity Rating” of 2.89/5 on Boardgame Geek, which is a good average representing a lot of games our audience will want to play with Dized. The collaboration with CMON made Blood Rage an obvious choice to figure out how the development side of things could scale for more complex games. Here’s what we learned along the way.

Breaking down the rules

Rules-wise, Blood Rage features a series of actions that could theoretically happen during the first round, but cannot be performed until something else takes place. For example, your warriors cannot “pillage” or “march” until they are placed on the board.

As troops can enter the board only through the “invade” or “upgrade” action, these are the two actions we need to teach first. Similarly, we’re not explaining special units like Monsters and Ships until the third Round, when all the basic units have been introduced: this keeps the learning curve easy to follow, and doesn’t overwhelm new players with too much information.

The whole set of available actions in Blood Rage

What we’re trying to do is to get a game group to play the game from the moment they open the box; for this reason, it’s crucial that we figure out a logical priority in what we teach immediately and what we leave out for a later time during the game.

The focus is on the game

Let’s invade!

Another solution we are using in Blood Rage is to present the extended version of a rule only the first time it comes into play. From the second time onwards, we assume a player knows “what to do” unless he or she specifically asks to watch the walkthrough again. Tips can be accessed pressing a separate icon in the upper right corner of the screen.

We have other ideas on how to make this process even smoother, and we’ll experiment with them after we receive feedback on the measures implemented for Blood Rage.

Should we animate this?

There’s no need of a coder to obtain an effect like this in Dized

Welcome to the tech side

The result of these parallel processes is that aspects of the Kingdomino Tutorial weren’t implemented through tools, but “hard-coded,” hence hard to replicate for other Tutorials.

The experience was undoubtedly useful to understand what these tools are supposed to automate: we developed our scripting system, enabling designers to build the logic and animations of Tutorials without having a coder at their side. This solution adds flexibility to the process and will serve all the publishers that do not have a technical team at their disposal well.

An example of pre-animated object

Closing thoughts

We’re excited to show you how cool Blood Rage is turning out to be, and can’t wait to hear how your games with it went. Stay tuned for more info on the release date!

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