Infinite Properties

Every Totem Shared Asset has unique properties that differentiate it from other assets. Those properties can be interpreted by game creators in their games - you get to decide how a water-type melee weapon made of obsidian with a range of 60 looks in your game, how it functions, and more. Anyone can use the canonic properties but you can also come up with your own new properties.

Creating New Properties

Totem assets can support an infinite number of asset properties. If you want, for example, to differentiate Avatars inside your game by a property that doesn't exist yet, you can add it. Every asset that already exists on the platform or that will ever exist will have this new property. As a developer, this allows you to enrich existing assets and give them a new take. For players, it means the assets that they own keep on changing and evolving with time.

Imagine you're working on a fighting game, and you want your players to use different combat styles. This property should affect player Avatars, so that when a player enters the game they'll see their familiar Avatar, but now with their distinct combat style. You can configure the player Avatar to have this new property, and decide which combat styles there are and how rare each of them is. Once that's done, all you have to do is to implement the new property in your game.

Now your game is popular, and everyone enjoys being able to combat with their Avatars using the different combat styles. One of the combat styles becomes more effective than the others, so Avatars in the market with this combat style become more sought after. Other developers decided to use this new property - implementing the different combat styles into their own games, but giving them fresh new takes. A new fighting card game comes out where Avatars are represented as decks, the combat style affecting card distributions.

With an infinite number of potential properties, Shared Assets are a flexible tool that helps deepen players' sense of identity, furthering their connection with your games.

Totem Game Development Network 2022