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Coding Roblox Games Made Easy

By : Zander Brumbaugh
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Coding Roblox Games Made Easy

By: Zander Brumbaugh

Overview of this book

Roblox is a global virtual platform like no other for both playing and creating games. With well over 150 million monthly active users, Roblox hosts all genres of games that can be played by other members of the community using the Lua programming language. Not only can you create games for free, but you can also earn considerable sums of money if from the success of your games, and become part of the vast and supportive developer circle that provides excellent opportunities for networking in a tight-knit community. With this practical book, you'll get hands-on experience working on the Roblox platform. You'll start with an overview of Roblox development and then understand how to use Roblox Studio. As you progress, you'll gradually learn everything you need from how to program in Roblox Lua to creating Obby and Battle Royale games. Finally, you'll delve into the logistics of game production, focusing on optimizing the performance of your game by implementing impressive mechanics, monetization, and marketing practices. By the end of this Roblox book, you'll be able to lead or work with a team to bring your gaming world to life, and extend that experience to players around the world.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)
Section 1: Introduction to Roblox Development
Section 2: Programming in Roblox
Section 3: The Logistics of Game Production

Discovering developer types

As previously mentioned, the Roblox developer community is quite diverse; each developer brings their own unique style and technique to the platform. In game development, there are a variety of roles that a developer can fulfill. Most commonly on Roblox, each developer typically has one primary skill that they utilize for a project. The most common types of developers on Roblox are programmers, builders, 3D modelers, UI/UX designers, and other various artists. Each developer that holds their respective role is equally important to creating a well-refined finished product.


Programmers are responsible for creating the core of any game. From storing player data, creating working weapons, or any other game functionality that does not occur by default, a programmer is the one producing it. On Roblox, programmers use an adaptation of Lua, a fast, C-based procedural language that is commonly found in the game development industry. You will find that the syntax of Lua is less complex than others and seems even more human-oriented than most high-level languages. Because of this, many programmers find the learning curve to be quite shallow and if Lua is your first language, you may find that the transition to other languages is quite easy as common syntax from multiple programming languages is utilized.


3D modelers create the individual items that you see in a game, from furniture, pets, food items, to any other visual pieces that are typically small to medium in size. While these models can be made inside of Roblox Studio, most 3D modelers have become skilled in using the free 3D modeling application Blender to create their meshes. There are many reasons for doing this, in particular that the parts used for creating objects inside of Roblox Studio are quite blocky and you cannot easily achieve smooth or complex shapes, while it is considerably easier to do so in modeling software.


Builders fulfill the role of creating the worlds that exist in your game. Whether it be a cold corridor in a spaceship stuck adrift or a hot, arid desert with an oasis at its center, builders are developers that ultimately create the first impression of a game when players join. With this in mind, it is important that the builder for a project is skilled enough to create the desired vision. While intuitively, you may think that builders and modelers are one and the same, they are not. Builders focus more on the overall map and world design for projects, though they often use Blender and simultaneously fulfill the role of 3D modeling for various assets in the world.

UI/UX designers

UI/UX designers create the pages and screens that players interact with inside your game. Some good examples of something a UI designer would be responsible for making include a player's inventory screen, a health bar, or any other designed visual interface. Oftentimes, the UI is the first thing a player will notice in addition to the map of your game; therefore, it would be optimal that the designer is capable of creating a visually appealing set of UI that matches the style of the game itself.

Some more peripheral developer types include animators, music producers, graphic designers, and other artists. All the different types of developers mentioned are important for creating a strong, finished product and it is important that they all are equally competent in being able to accomplish the goals of a project. You should be sure to identify which of the preceding roles interest you the most so that you can focus your time on learning more about them and developing those skills for future use.