Game Design Document

Keep your game design project on track with a well-organized GDD.

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Game Design Document

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🎮️ Name of the game:
👥 Stakeholders:

Overview

📐 Project scope

  • Budget:

  • Timeline:

🗣️ Elevator Pitch

One sentence briefly but concisely describing the game.

💵 Monetization

Briefly explain how/if you plan to monetize the game.

Story

A one-paragraph synopsis of the story. If the story is too long, save the details for a separate document.

Gameplay

Describe how the game is played. Be specific and describe each feature in a structured way.

Core Game Mechanic #1

  • Details:

  • How it works:

Core Game Mechanic #2

  • Details:

  • How it works:

Core Game Mechanic #3

  • Details:

  • How it works:

Game elements

Describe your game world, including all the characters, location, object, and other elements in it.

👤 Characters

  • ...

  • ...

  • ...

🗺️ Locations

  • ...

  • ...

  • ...

🏆️ Levels / missions

  • ...

  • ...

  • ...

📦️ Objects

  • ...

  • ...

  • ...

Assets

Here is where you will include all of the assets needed as well as brief descriptions.

🎨 Art

  • ...

  • ...

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🔊 Sound

  • ...

  • ...

  • ...

🏃‍ Animation

  • ...

  • ...

  • ...

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A game design document is a blueprint for the game you are planning to build. It helps you define the scope of your game and sets the general direction for the project, keeping the entire team on the same page.

For your next game development project, use this game design document template and adapt it to your team's needs.

Artwork credit: Stephane Wootha Richard

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