Introduction: So, one thing I've learned after Sara the Shieldmage (it's dead. For real this time.) and the First PC Game Challenge, is that I'm the type of developer who works best when I build a game around a mechanic, as opposed to a setting or character. After some conferring with Gigi on the state of Sara the Shieldmage, I set out to find a new game idea - I like making games. Fortunately, this week, I was on vacation from the day job! It was a perfect time to figure out a new idea! Except for one problem: I have no inspiration, nothing I really want to make. The Game Mechanic Pokedex While I'm finding a new game idea, it occurred to me that I shouldn't let my research go to waste. Thus, my personal Gauntlet: in the next 12 weeks, I am going to produce a research catalog of at least 12 game mechanics. My ultimate goal is finding inspiration for my Next "Big" Project™, but in doing this research I think I'll find what I'm looking for. I may also help some other designers in the process, which is a nice bonus. Also, it should be noted: the Mechanics Pokedex won't just be flat text, for the most part. This is actual research. I'm going to do independent analysis of what makes these mechanics work, what player abilities and feedback are required, what makes the mechanic feel fun, and what makes the mechanic feel bad. I'll also attempt to come up with a Pokemon name for each mechanic as I find it. I may scribble a picture of the mechanical Pokemon as a memory aid. Last, but not least, I will reference video games that use the mechanic in question. I'll append entries to this post, as well as make a subsequent post in this thread about the mechanic I'm researching. Please feel free to refute my findings, or inform me of points I will inevitably miss on this journey. Finally: Don't ask why Pokemon is on the brain. You won't get an answer. All Pokedex Entries Exist On This Blog! Some basic information about my conventions is here. Mechanics Pokedex Entries: Beating a Timer Leveling Up Quick-Time Events Incrementing a Score Acquiring Currency and Purchasing Upgrades ???