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Project Intro & File Setup

Project Intro & File Setup

Character looking at game for Intro to Game Design lesson in Roblox

In an obby, short for obstacle course, players jump from object to object while avoiding obstacles to get to the end of a level.

Before designing your own, there’s an example template you can try out. Templates are pre-built projects you can use as a start for your own games.

Ask if anyone has ever played an obby or a platforming game before (Super Mario, Jetpack Joyride, etc ). If they have, ask that student to briefly describe the game in 1 - 2 sentences and say what they find fun about it (challenging jumps, variety of obstacles, etc).

Open the Template

  1. Open Roblox Studio.
  2. In the upper left corner, click New.
  3. Scroll until you see the template named Obby.
  4. Click the template to open it.

Close Windows

When you first open up Studio, it’ll have some windows open which you don’t need. Close these so you have more room to work on your game.

  1. Close the Toolbox by clicking the × on that window.
  1. Close the Tutorials window.
  1. 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.

Allow students to play 3-5 minutes to give them an understanding of the project. Let students know from the start how much time they have and give a one minute notice before time's up.

In Game Controls

Control Action
W A S D  or the arrow keys Move your character around
Spacebar Jump
Right Mouse Button (hold and drag mouse) Look around

Stop Playtesting

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.

  1. To close the obby, In the upper left corner, click File > Close. If prompted to save, click No.
  2. Back on the New section, click the Baseplate template.

Saving Projects

Whenever you are working on a game, save every 10 minutes. That way if anything goes wrong, at least you haven’t lost much work.

Save Your Work

  1. In Roblox Studio, click File in the upper-left corner.
  1. Click Save As…
  1. Select where you would like to save the files.
  2. Name your file. For example: DedeauxObby_01.

Setting expectations for good saving practices will prevent students from accidentally losing work.

  • Before class, determine where students will save their work. You may want to set up designated folders before class, or have the students set up their own.
  • Take time 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

When saving new versions of your file, change the number at the end of the 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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