Puzzle Dependency Charts

Puzzles, puzzles, puzzles. We are knee-deep in the process of designing puzzles for some time now, happening somewhat simultaneously while working on the story details. We utilize Puzzle Dependency Charts, as described in detail by Ron Gilbert on grumpygamer.com.

Gilbert writes: »A Puzzle Dependency Chart is a list of all the puzzles and steps for solving a puzzle in an adventure game. They are presented in the form of a Graph with each node connecting to the puzzle or puzzle steps that are need to get there. They do not generally include story beats unless they are critical to solving a puzzle.«

Below: An example for one of the later chapters of »Trüberbrook«. Pixelated for supersecrecy.