9.09 - Construction and Destruction Asteroids

Idea for August 4, 2010


We decided to take classic Asteroids and expand it with an asymmetric style of play. This means players have different game mechanics and objectives. In this version we discussed one side having the ability to build structures and defend a "death star" like planet while the other side is trying to stop it from firing by attacking. The attacking side has different ship types to combat different structures.

Theme: Destruction and Construction

includes topics that expand on the theme

  • We started by examining death mechanics in Bomberman and Mario Kart where players can still affect the game after they die.
  • Next we thought about asymmetric balance and expanding our asteroids project
  • finally we came to the them "destruction and construction" based on the mechanics we came up with


individual gameplay systems and mechanics categorized by system

  • Short round based games between 5-20 minutes per round.
  • Attacking side
    • Goal: Stop the "death star" from launching
    • the focus is on destruction
    • Ship types
      • Fighter
      • Scout
      • supply
      • Heavy
  • Defending side
    • Goal: To defend the "death star"
    • the focus is on construction
    • Each player flies around and constructs buildings
    • has a weak pew pew gun
    • Buildings
      • Turrets - rapid fire guns to defend areas, has a limited range
      • Shields - build nodes that connect together, weak points are the generators
      • Remote control asteroids - disguise yourself as an asteroid and chase after other players
    • "Death Star"
      • as time goes on more exhaust vents are opened (weak points)


narrative elements concerning plot, characters, world

  • Could be Transformers themed with Cybertron, Autobots, and Decepticons.
  • Star wars themed with a Death Star
  • Or our own original theming


includes GDC members who contributed to this idea and were present during the discussion

  • Mediator: Scott Inglis
  • Eric Raue
  • Jordan Fox
  • Alex Ryan
  • Shawn Yu
  • Ramin Nazarali
  • Patrick Tim Woo
  • Karl Reifenstein
  • Andrew Wong
  • Michael Nicanor
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