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Orbit: Digital Storytelling – The Stories People Tell with Your Game
April 3, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
There are the stories we write into our games, but what happens when they’re played? Let’s talk about the stories people tell by role-playing, speedruning, or streaming our games.
This month’s meetup will feature an interactive discussion guided by guest host Klil H. Neori, a professional graphics programmer and amateur tabletop role-playing gamemaster who writes extensively about narrative game design via his blog Redbud Writes (https://redbudwrites.blogspot.com/).
Read on for Klil’s full description of the group discussion topic:
“You write a game meant to create stories of super-powerful heroes exploring a free-wheeling fantasy world created by someone’s imagination – they tell a story of martial prowess and individual optimized character planning.
You write a game of heroics in a gradually more and more imaginative and challenging fantasy world of two-dimensional platforms – they tell a recurring story about making use of explicit details of timing and control in all areas of your game to come closer and closer to finishing it as quickly as humanly (or mechanically) possible.
You write a game about solving puzzles and talking to engaging characters in a world full of wonder – they tell a story harkening back to their individual dislike of one of the characters which has been a mainstay in this game series, to the enjoyment of their live audience.
There are many ways in which your game will be played, many stories that will be told about it and through it. Not all of them will come directly from your writing. Is your design encouraging the stories you want? Should you fight the mishandling of your vision, or embrace the multiple ways your game could be enjoyed?
As a player, when mediating a game to tell a story, what choices can you make? Is understanding the game more important than what you want to tell with it?
Let’s talk about role-playing games, speed-running, and streaming to a live, active audience. Let’s place the game system in the wider, human environment, and see what we can make of it.”
NOTE: Due to the current circumstances, this is an online-only event. We are hosting it on our Discord server, which you can join using this link: discordapp.com/invite/mrTDyau
For more information about how to join the TVGS Discord, visit techvalleygamespace.com/discord.
ABOUT ORBIT: DIGITAL STORYTELLING
Do you like to write? Do you like story based games?
If you are new to game development you can learn how to create interactive stories using Ren’py, Twine, or other game engines! We will also discuss other aspects of writing, game design, and interactive fiction.
The Digital Storytelling Orbit group meets at 1pm every first Saturday of the month in the #general-voice channel of the Tech Valley Game Space Discord. These group meetups provide opportunities for participants to share information, discuss projects, ask questions, and obtain guidance from experienced mentors.
Orbit is a community-driven mentorship program designed to provide greater opportunities for learning and collaboration at Tech Valley Game Space than ever before!
The goal of Orbit is to bring current and aspiring game makers together based around mutual interests, and provide a consistent environment for sustained skill development, personal growth, and community building.
Orbit groups are run as informal, drop-in sessions. However, we do ask that you sign up in advance and read the age guidelines for each group before participating. To sign up, visit techvalleygamespace.com/orbit.