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Prime, Teach, Observe: Tutorializing Innovative Mechanics

Asher Vollmer  |  Game Designer, Independent

Location: Room 2005, West Hall

Format: Session
Track: Independent Games Summit
Vault Recording: Video


It's impossible to build a perfect tutorial, but dammit we can try. This talk covers the essential elements of a quality in-game teaching experience and the steps to take to empower your players without patronizing them. Takeaways include: how to prime your players, how to help them internalize a game's mechanics, and the steps involved in iterating a tutorial's design.

Takeaway

This talk focuses on the design challenges involved in teaching unique game mechanics in an unobtrusive way. Additionally, it covers the heuristics designers can use to evaluate the effectiveness of a tutorial.