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I get inspiration for towns/dungeons/landscapes/etc. by looking at exotic locations or something that fits what I'm trying to create. When I went to the Philippines last month, I used what I saw there to create a few places in my game.

For me in no particular order its:
1. Playing other video games which includes commercial and amateur work.
2. Looking at other people's character design & Sprite Work.
3. Listening to a great music score.
4. Watching cartoons/anime & reading manga/comics.

And this stuff for everything else.
I assure you I'm no where NEAR as STUPID as one might think.
What I do to get inspiration would happen to be:

1. I go over my previous games I've made as well as other people's games such as amateur and professional.

2. I listen to video game music, and other music such as Rock, Classical a lot, metal and so on.

3. I watch TV.
Inspiration...let's see:

1. Somewhat obscure games like Dragon Slayer II: Xanadu
2. Looking at screenshots of other people's projects (Skie Fortress's SEM game, for example)
3. Obviously, video game music, as well as non-video game music.
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