Who is Edwin McRae?

I’m an Indie narrative designer and a writer of interactive fiction.

Narrative Design

I’ve been a screenwriter and story designer for over 12 years now. After four years of writing for television, I started with Grinding Gear Games in 2010 and became lead writer on the creative team that took their online RPG, Path of Exile, from 80,000 players to 13 million players. During the last eight years I’ve also worked with numerous Indie game developers, helping them to conceptualize their game worlds, their characters, their player experience, and to write the storylines, dialogue scripts and in-game text that turn those concepts into tangible and enjoyable stories.

And I’m proud to call myself a ‘devoted Indie’. If you’re a AAA game developer looking for a narrative designer, I’m sorry, but you’ve come to the wrong place. I’ve dipped my toes into your world and they came out looking a bit shrivelled. If you’re an Indie game developer then you’ve come to exactly the right place, and I look forward to helping you realise your game story without annihilating your savings and patience.

Oh, and I’m fully set up to be a remote worker and don’t mind wrangling international time differences. It’s just part of the job. Skype me from wherever you are and let’s talk about your Indie game.

Interactive Fiction

I’ve loved interactive fiction ever since I read Deathtrap Dungeon and played Twin Kingdom Valley on my country primary school’s Acorn Electron. And now, with mobile devices everywhere, there’s never been a better time tell meaningful stories through interactive text.

Choice and consequence, that’s what interactive fiction does best. In fact, what better way to practice and improve your own decision-making skills than through stories that enable you to make all of the important decisions? If you’d like to know more about my interaction fiction work, please feel free to look through my blog as it’s packed full of IF goodness these days.

Whether you’re an Indie game developer or a fan of interactive fiction, welcome, and let’s share some awesome stories together.