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Banter between cards in CCGs

How we could use procedural narrative design in digital collectible card games to create dynamic character banter?

Pace in Video Game Narratives

How to consider Pace in a video game narrative when you're creating a story-driven game... and when you're not.

Character Growth vs Player Growth in RPGs

You've put 200 hundred hours into that RPG and now your character is amazing. But have you, the gamer, become amazing too?

Guardian Māia: Episode 2 - Combat Sample

Play as Māia te Kaitiaki (Māia the Guardian) as she battles two vicious mangā warriors in this interactive sample of Guardian Māia: Episode 2!

Hunting the Hunter: A Falconers interactive short story

In this short interactive fiction, you play as Falconer Cassy Winter. She's on the trail of a murderous Hunter Culler and you have to keep her fears in check so she can survive this mission.

Edwin McRae on the Game Dev Advice Podcast

A 40 min interview about narrative design for video games with JP Podlasek, host of the Game Dev Advice podcast.

Where procedural narrative needs to go next

The systems are in place. Now storytellers need to step in and turn those procedurally generated facts into powerfully expressed fictions.

Do you want to write video games?

For writers, the games industry is a much friendlier and more welcoming place now than it was ten years ago. It’s also a much bigger industry than it was ten years ago, meaning there are so many more games in need of stories and writing.

What's the difference between Procedural Narrative and Emergent Narrative?

These are my working definitions for Procedural and Emergent, what I use when creating game narratives for my clients.

Designing Believable LitRPG Mechanics

When I read LitRPG, I’m there for the story. Yes, the mechanics are a vital part of the story in any LitRPG, but they should never overwhelm the plot or characters. The key to getting the right balance between Story and Mechanics in LitRPG is SIMPLICITY. Read on and I'll explain why.

How to read LitRPG like an ARPG designer

I’m Edwin McRae, former lead writer of Path of Exile and author of Warlock: Reign of Blood - A LitRPG Novel. Below I outline three RPG narrative design techniques that you can be watching out for when you read your next LitRPG novel. NPC design, Story Glyphs and Boss fight buildup.

What is the difference between a game writer and a writer of films or books?

In a short interview with Liliana Marin of UHCL, Edwin McRae how writing for games differs from writing for films or books.

What is a Narrative Designer? (Revised November 2019)

An explanation from Narrative Designer and Game Writer, Edwin McRae, of what Narrative Design is and what a Narrative Designer does.

Tips for writing a game trailer #1

Edwin reflects on his first trailer script for Path of Exile: The Duelist.

Edwin on The Game Design Roundtable

Harrison, Dirk and Edwin discuss the importance of the narrative line in game design and how it can keep game players engaged throughout a game with immersive details.

Story for Platformer Games: Visual Evolution

The fourth and final article in a series by Edwin McRae about how to festoon platformer games with story goodness. In this article we look at visual evolution, gradual changes to the PC's appearance that can be the direct result of the player's progress through the game.

Story for Platformer Games: Emotes

The third in a series of short articles by Edwin McRae about how to festoon platformer games with story goodness. In this article we look at Emotes, changes of physical expression or simple symbols that show how the player character is feeling in that moment.

Story for Platformer Games: Reactive Dialogue

The second in a series of short articles by Edwin McRae about how to festoon platformer games with story goodness. In this article we look at Reactive Dialogue, punchy jabs of dialogue that are triggered by the player's actions.

Story for Platformer Games: Introduction

A series of short articles by Edwin McRae about how to festoon platformer games with story goodness.

Procedural Narrative: The Future of Video Games

Bryan Cohen asked me "what role do you see procedural and emergent narrative taking in the future"? A big role, if not the starring role. Let me explain.

Designing game environments that are rich with story

Your writer can ensure that your environmental visualisation process is steeped in story. Rich narrative that your artist can then mould into stunning eye candy.

Writing Tomes that your Player will Read

Players will read, and it's still one of the the cheapest and most efficient ways of delivering story within your Indie game. Tomes are those pieces of text that a player can read in the quiet moments of your game. But they need to be done well and they need to be done right!

Writing Flavour Text for your Game

Flavour text is flavoursome. It’s there to whet your player’s appetite and make them hungry to understand your game world. Be sure it’s on the menu and please make it tasty! Here's some advice on how to tell a lot of story with just a few, flavourful lines.

Designing narratives for games: An interview for Classically Trained

An interview with Jon Harrison of classiclytrained.net where I give some of my perspectives on designing stories for games.

Boss Fight Story

Edwin McRae, Narrative Designer and Game Writer, talks about how you can make a game story out of a basic series of boss fights.

Losing the Plot with Game Narrative

An article by Narrative Designer, Edwin McRae, addressing why a game writer needs to clearly understand the difference between Plot and Narrative.