Different Types of Players
I like the Dragon Age series and I’m looking forward towards the next one, maybe you are too as I know a lot of people are looking forward to it. But while we both might be excited for it we might be excited for it for completely different reasons.
It is easy to forget but people play games for different reasons, people even play the same game for different reasons. Mark Rosewater talked about this in terms of the kinds of people they make Magic: The Gathering cards for. Lets take that idea and apply it to the Dragon Age series, what kind of players are they making the next Dragon Age for? How we can let these each of these different kinds of players get the most out of the things they like and how many of the parts they don’t like can we let them forgo?
Now a lot of the features I’m talking about already exist in previous Dragon Age games but I feel the need to mention their continued importance to how these people want to play the game.
Wren - The Warrior
Wren really enjoys the combat, the challenge, and seeing her foes fall before her. She will play on hardest difficulty allowed for a greater challenge but she doesn’t really care about story (at least the nitty gritty details of the story) nor does she really enjoy customizing her characters or developing her own strategies. She will do research and look up builds to better min/max and to ensure her party as strong and as powerful as possible but she isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel with her builds, just get as much power out of them as possible. Her goal is to win and to do so against the biggest challenges the game can provide.
Dota2 actually includes in game the ability to look up and display builds (item and skill distribution) for your champions which really helps newer players who don’t understand or older players who don’t care about that stuff.