Design docs - what role do they play in your dev?

Discussion in 'Indie Related Chat' started by moco, Sep 26, 2006.

  1. soniCron

    Indie Author

    May 4, 2005
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    The point of a design-doc (or at least, design notes) for a single developer is simple: it helps you realize your objective with the game and discover any design flaws before you muck up your code with what could be a waste of time. I don't know about you, but I can write up a couple paragraphs far faster than I can whip up a prototype of even a simple idea.
  2. David De Candia

    Original Member

    Nov 21, 2005
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    Hmmm - perhaps there's a confusion between design notes and design documents here. I have no objection to design notes, but a design doc (which to me is comprehensive and much, much more than a couple of paragraphs) just doesn't work for me.

    I'm finding that ideas can be great in theory (on paper if you like) - but just don't play well in practice. I'd rather find that out sooner rather than later. But each to his own.

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