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Cartography is the is the study and practice of crafting geographical maps. Some games allow players to create and/or edit the maps of the game world.
Classes are different archetypes and playstyles that players can choose to play their game with.
Crafting allows players to create their own items with the correct ingredients. It is used mainly in MMOs and RPGs.
Environments cycle between day and night, often with effects on other aspects of the game.
Sometimes you want a challenge, sometimes you wanna coast.
Carefully exploring a large, labyrinthine area full of enemies (i.e., a dungeon) in the hopes of finding treasure, leveling up, or completing a specific task. Having their roots in tabletop games, video game dungeon crawls are found almost exclusively in RPGs.
Concept where everything you need isn't always spelled out for you on the map. Sometimes even the map is not there till you go explore it.
An industry game design convention that's appeared in many games over the years. The fetch quest involves sending the player out to collect a certain number of items, and return them to complete the quest. A staple of the RPG and Adventure game genre.
First-Person is a vantage point that attempts to simulate looking through a game character's eyes. It is most commonly found in first-person shooters, racing games, and visual novels, and to a lesser extent in other genres, such as RPGs, 3D platformers, and adventure games.
It's not just for airplanes anymore: Game mascots and MMO players alike have taken to the skies. Players can use flight to quickly navigate large levels, find hidden items, or take opponents down.
Grid-based movement limits players, and other entities in a game, to moving through the game world in increments of whole squares on a grid. It has been a common staple of turn-based strategy games since the earliest board games of antiquity. It was also used by early RPGs.
A character type found in RPGs, MMOs, and class based Multiplayer games that focuses on keeping friendly characters alive. Their general role is to heal/buff and resurrect fallen allies.
An numeral indication of how much damage a character can sustain. The loss of all hit points results in the death of the character or another penalty.
Quest givers that task the player with killing an enemy or specific number of enemies.
Logging is the process of cutting down trees for timber. This is an important aspect in many strategy games.
Collecting objects in a game such as weapons, armor, items, and currency. Loot is often associated with MMOs and games with RPG elements.
The concept of affecting the universe through supernatural methods, breaking the fundamental laws of science.
Short for mana points or magic points, the resource required to use spells or other special skills in many role-playing games.
Games that have had an Original Soundtrack album released.
An overworld is a simplified view of the game world that allows players to freely move to different locations or levels.
Games where the player either can, or must, create all their protagonists as custom characters.
Simulating the effects of a great variety of poisons, toxins, venoms and nerve agents can lead to many unique and interesting mechanics. A classic trope in games, Poison usually deals small amounts of damage to health over time.
The act of taking on an in-game task; most often, these are provided to the player by an NPC. MMOs and RPGs are the primary users of this concept.
The ability for players to recover all their used talent/skill points and significantly modify their character's attributes while still maintaining their level.
The act of acquiring resources for the purpose of building structures and/or unit construction. Resource gathering is a staple of the RTS (Real Time Strategy) genre.
A sequel (also called a follow-up) is a game that carries forward the gameplay concepts, and often the story, of a previous game to which it is officially linked.
Quests that aren't necessary for game completion. They typically offer side-stories or specific rewards.
Whether it's to restore your health, save your game, just for the hell of it, or all of the above, sleeping in games has numerous uses.
3DS titles that use the handheld's built-in StreetPass feature, allowing two units in sleep mode to share game information when they detect each other.
Enemies and NPCs are only able to move or attack when the player character moves; otherwise, they stay still. Most often this is seen in roguelikes and games with grid-based movement.
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