Battling Blocks with a narrative lens – Looking at Tetris with a narrative lens

Since the future of Twitter is looking a little uncertain, I’ve started archiving threads on my blog. To set the scene a narrative designer has said the magic phrase ” But everything in the game is narrative!”. A steely eyed colleague/friend/spartan looks back across the void of the birdsite. They stop, smile ( even through … Read moreBattling Blocks with a narrative lens – Looking at Tetris with a narrative lens

2019 Narrative Design Reading List

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A few weeks ago I tweeted out a list of writing and narrative design books I’ve read this year. It’s important as designers to maintain and expand our skillsets, so I thought I’d share this year’s list in the hope that it will help anyone with an interesting in writing or game design. There’s very … Read more2019 Narrative Design Reading List

The Narrative Structure of The Artful Escape

Screenshot from the Artful Escape. Depicting Francis Vendetti holding a guitar.

After having just completed the Artful Escape. I was struck by how well it’s structured. The story is linear. Mixing exploration sections, with musical platforming and performance sections. I’ve chosen to only talk about the main structural points here. There’s a lot more to see in the main game. This is a very high-level overview.(Spoilers … Read moreThe Narrative Structure of The Artful Escape

Adventure Afterlife – 20 years of Adventure games part 6 1997

For those of you who have not read any entries in this series these before, I’m playing through a couple of adventure games from each year following the release of Monkey Island 2. It’s been over a year since the last entry, a lot has happened for me personally. I had a really terrible time for … Read moreAdventure Afterlife – 20 years of Adventure games part 6 1997

AdventureX 2017

I’m once again helping to organize AdventureX a convention dedicated to narrative & storytelling in games. It’s running November 11-12  2017 at Goldsmith’s University London. We just launched our Kickstarter and within 24 hours were funded.  If you want to exhibit a game, give a talk or help us as a volunteer then you can … Read moreAdventureX 2017

Adventure After life 20 years of Adventure games Part 5 -1996

Adventure Afterlife 20 years of Adventure games – 1996 1996 was a another strong year for adventure games, whilst there weren’t as many releases as previous years two of my favorite adventure games of all time were released, both with a very British flavor. Interestingly one was a brand new series, whilst the other was … Read moreAdventure After life 20 years of Adventure games Part 5 -1996