Project Intro & File Setup
Project Intro & File Setup
|Prerequisites||Students should have Roblox accounts and know their passwords|
|Lesson Time||5-10 minutes|
|Optional Handouts||Roblox Studio Cheat Sheet|
Opening the Obby Template
The first game you’ll learn how to make is an obby, short for obstacle course. In this game genre, players have to jump from one place to another while avoiding obstacles to get to the end of a level. Before you design your own, there’s an example template you can try out. Templates are pre-built projects in Roblox you can use as a start for your own games.
Discussion Topic - Introducing Obbys »
Ask if anyone has ever played an Obby or a platforming game (ex: Mario, runner games on mobile like Jetpack Joyride) before. If they have, have the student briefly describe the game in 1-2 sentences and say what they find fun about the game (e.g. challenging jumps, variety of obstacles, etc).
Open the Template
- Open Roblox Studio.
- Scroll until you see the template named Obby.
- Click once on the template to open it.
When you first open up Roblox Studio, it’ll have a lot of windows open you don’t need. You’ll want to close a couple so that you have more room to work on your game. You can always open these windows again later.
- Close the Toolbox by clicking the
Xon that window.
- Close the Tutorial window.
Your workspace should now look like this:
Bringing Windows Back
If you want to reopen a Window you closed, go to the View tab and click on the name of the window you want to open.
Playtest the Obby Template
- Click the Play button in the top-left corner.
Teaching Tip - Timing »
Allow students to play 3-5 minutes. This will give your students an idea of what they are working towards without having to go online. Let students know from the start how much time they have and give a one minute notice before time's up.
In Game Controls
|W A S D or the arrow keys||Move your character around|
|Right Mouse Button (hold and drag mouse)||Look around|
- To stop playtesting, press the red stop button.
Creating a New Project
Now that you know what an obby is, you can create your own.
- Click the
Xto exit out of the Obby template if you haven’t already.
- Relaunch Roblox Studio.
- Single-click the baseplate template.
Whenever you are working on a game, save every 10 minutes. That way if there’s a sudden event like an alien invasion or a power outage, at least you haven’t lost much work.
Save Your Work
- In Roblox Studio, click File in the upper-left corner.
- Click Save As…
- Select where you would like to save the files.
- Name your file FirstnameObby_01.
Teaching Tip - Facilitation »
Setting expectations for good saving practices early will prevent students from accidentally losing work.
- Before starting class, determine where you will have your students save their work. You may want to set up designated folders before class, or have the students set up their own.
- Take time on this step to ensure all students are saving their work files in the correct place
- Walk around the class, or have each student have their save location checked by the student closest to them.
Saving New Versions
Whenever you make new versions of your save file, change the number at the end of your file name. This way if something goes wrong with your file you can go backwards to a version where everything is ok.
Opening Your Files
Roblox Studio creates .rbxl files in the folder you selected.
- Double-click your file to launch it in Roblox Studio.
Finding Lost Files
Studio will save a temporary backup of your work every so often. If for some reason you can’t find your file, go to:
- File > Advanced > Recent.
- Open your file and resave it someplace you’ll be able to find it.
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