What's in your folders?

Hey RPG folks,

What do you make of the folder structure we chose? Have you gone for a similar one or different?

Can’t wait to hear what you’ve got to say. For other talk about this lecture head to #11_bm_rpg

The folder structure suggestion is good overall but one area I deviated from was the ‘Game’ folder since it’s really just a redundancy. A game designer is going to use most of what’s already in the project. Instead I use the following:

Art - Models, Textures, Materials, and 3D. Easy revision control via Dropbox, exclude from GitHub.
Animation - animations so that it can branch as a sub-discipline for animators
Asset Packs - a given, packs from the course, makes sense to keep seperate
Prefabs - In general it’s easier to find what you would use with nesting per discipline and track in GitHub.
Scenes - Scenes only and any lightmap/navmesh dependencies
Scripts - Self explanatory, why mess with a good thing?
Tools - Pro Grids, Pro Builder, other useful tools that make life easier can go here and it’s portable
UI - Self explanatory, makes sense

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I guess we wanted a place to put animation controllers etc. that we felt were more the domain of the designer than the animator. But they don’t really fit under the “Prefab” category.

Then let the designer poke in the animation section. It’s common to do so even in large AAA scale productions. Another suggestion if we go with tradition is to change ‘Game’ to ‘Design’. It’s a departament and a disciple and what most studios and teams refer. I’m being a Nazi about this btw, overall I think you’ve got a good thing :slight_smile:

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Great lecture about structure and organizing. I wanted to see something like this for some time now.
And I think Sam did a great job with his presentation.
Good structure and nice to listen to.
I hope we will be hearing more from Sam.
Loving this lecture as well as this course.
Cheers, guys.

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I for myself use my own Folder System, i have “learned”

so i seperate my Game from the Master Folder Section, and put it into a own folder, starting with the Sting “01”

So for Example: 01MyGame.

The plus of this is, if you import Assets from Assetstore (also Buy Assets, or Professional Assets) you should not really rename Folders, or do something like this, because. most Assets want to stay in her Folders. If you move the Scripts or Assets, this can bring a lot of Errors, , so to avoid them, just let the Root Folder be like it is, and do the 01 befoure your Game

like: 01MyGame.

inside of this, i seperate between all Assets. FOr example:

01MyGames/Player/Modelle/PlayerCar

inside the PlayerCar i do subfolders, like:
/ Scripts
/ Animations
/ Materials and Textures
/ Shaders.

So i got all Content of “Player car” in one Place, holding in my Folder 01MyGame, because: 01 will always stay on Top of the Root Folder, so i do not need to search long for anything, and i got all togehter.

next i do Things like:
01MyGame/Opponents/Car1
Same Way here: all Scripts going to this folder
Than: Opponents/FamiliarComponents > Here i place Materials or Scripts, all of them are using.

And than i do some Folders like:
01MyGame/UISysem/
here i place all Things to UI, for example: a Folder named Spirits (maybe Subfolders, if i got different UI Objects, maybe a Tachometer or a Inventory ore something)
And Scripts to all of this Components.

For short. I just keep a Folder Struktur, that contains all Gamebased Things for 1 Object together.
if a Object keeps an other Object inside ( For Example: PlayerCar have a SuitcaseRoom, and inside is a Pack of Beer) so i do PlayerCar/PackofBeer
and there Textures, Materials, Scripts.

short. All together in 1 Place.
It is not important WHAT i am searching for, because. Everything is in the right Place, and well known to find.

For Vegetations, same, i split them into: Trees, Bushes, Stones and so one.
if i got more Landscapes, i do Desert, Wood, Iceworld and other)

In Fakt: all things contains in the same Folder. The best point also to manage scripts.

last Point in my Hirachy is the World itself.
There i got Folders for:
Sky System,
Water System (if i use)
and other Things, that effect the World.

for me the perfect Way to organize my Assets, Scripts and all needet Components.

only Shared Components, are in the special Folder in the Hirachy, there the Components shared, between the users (for Example: OpponentCars / Shared Assets ) there is for example: Light or Materials that all Opponents use.

Last thing i organize are the Scenes.
also joining my GameFolder.

So my plus is: my GameFolder is everytime the 1st Folder in the Assets, and always on Top.
second plus: i got all sortet for all Situations, i know if i want to add / Edit some Player, or some Opponent or some Level or some World things.

and last plus here is: i can import every Asset, and nothing harms my Hirachy.

I have my Asset folder setup like this -

Asset Packs
Editor
… all other special folders from Unity
Src

The “Src” is where I put my own desired folder structure for the game without special folder names such as the Editor folder polluting it. This way I can keep a separation of concerns between what Unity wants to do with its various special folders (root Asset folder) and what I want to do for the specific game and how I wish to structure it (Src subfolder).

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There is only one change I’ve done so far with all my previous projects, the assets folder is always named “z.” at the beginning of it’s name to switch it to be the last folder in my selection instead of on top.
Unfortunately as you stated in this video, you’re going to be updating the assets folder regularly across the course so it means i can’t edit it’s root name until i finished the course.

You can make your change, and then move the respective files after import to the z folder.