Want to get into games but get lost in tracking your changes, jotting down your ideas, or don’t know where to start? Look no further than the GDD.
What is a game design doc?
A game design doc is a living document that details the overall vision that shows how the gameplay, story, narrative, art, audio, and UI/UX connect to create a game. Used by an individual or a team, GGDs track changes between departments and help focus ideas into features.Lauryn Ash, personal definition, and like the GDD, always a work in progress
The Game Design Doc helps align the team to a solid vision. At some companies, it’s a confluence page; at others, it may not even exist. But for every member, a solid GGD supports and solidifies a common goal: making the game you (or you team) strive to make.
It sets goals, establishes vision, and creates conditions of satisfaction. As a solo dev, it aligns you with yourself and becomes your first “build notes,” “dev log,” or “red string through fifty post notes finally typed up into a doc.”
This version has been passed down to me from another dev who probably got it form another dev. I’ve tweaked it to be more for solo to small teams. When I did projects, it helped align me to think more “technical” when I was creative and vice versa.
Hopefully it helps you!
Free game design doc template below!
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