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Math for Game Developers: End-to-End Procedural Generation in 'Caves of Qud'

Brian Bucklew  (Co-founder, Freehold Games)

Jason Grinblat  (Co-founder, Freehold Games)

Location: Room 2006, West Hall

Date: Tuesday, March 19

Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits - Get your pass now!

Topic: Programming

Format: Tutorial

Tutorials: Math for Game Developers

Vault Recording: Video

So you’ve got a handle on procedural generation techniques. Maybe you’ve used noise to generate terrain, replacement grammars to generate text, or L-systems to generate plants. But how do you string everything together to produce complex output on the scale of a whole village? In this session, Brian Bucklew and Jason Grinblat (Freehold Games) will do an end-to-end walk-through of the systems used to generate villages in 'Caves of Qud', which include their own histories, cultures, architectural styles, storytelling traditions, NPCs, and quests. They'll discuss the challenges of multi-tiered design, how to link together systems at various levels of granularity, and what sort of multi-purpose tools you can write to help you architect your own large-scale generative systems.


Attendees will gain insight into the process of building large-scale, cohesive generative systems and the tools that help enable them.

Intended Audience

This talk is for anyone who’s looking to level up in procedural generation and implement complex, interlocking generative systems. Some experience with procedural generation will be useful for fully leveraging the ideas discussed.