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About the Author

Tobias Heussner is an experienced Game Content / Narrative Designer who started developing games in high school. He has worked on more than 18 published titles ranging from AAA PC games to handheld console games and Free2Play browser games. His areas of expertise include Game Content Design, Game Narrative Design/Writing, Game System Design and Game Production.

Toiya Kristen Finley has 20 years of experience as a writer and editor in several media. In games, she has worked as a game designer, narrative designer, and game writer (or some combination of the three) on several indie, social, and mobile games for children and general audiences, including Academagia: The Making of Mages and Fat Chicken. With Tobias Heussner, she co-founded the Game Writing Tutorial at GDC Online and served as an instructor.

Jennifer Brandes Hepler got her start in tabletop game development, working for well-known properties such as Shadowrun and Paranoia before detouring to Hollywood to work on CBS Television’s The Agency. She then spent eight years as a senior writer and narrative designer at Bioware, on the Dragon Age franchise and Star Wars: The Old Republic. She is now lead writer on Game of Thrones: Ascent.

Ann Lemay joined the video-game industry in 1997. Over the years she’s worked as a game designer, narrative designer, and writer on a wide range of projects. In 2010 she joined BioWare Montréal, where she wrote for Mass Effect 3 and Mass Effect 3: Omega, contributed to Dragon Age: Inquisition, and is now working full-time on the next Mass Effect title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Focal Press Game Design Workshops
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press (June 24, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1138787086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1138787087
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #915,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an amazing resource for anyone with an interest in games. The authors are leaders in their field and have included very detailed advice in this book. It also includes questions to ask as you develop a game, considerations for world building, character development, and writing dialogue. They even included several interviews with other game writers/ designers throughout, in a way that leaves you feeling ready to jump into the world of the narrative designer.

Oh, and the book includes exercises to help you prepare your portfolio for the job application process, so you have no excuses!
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What an amazing resource to anyone in games. This came recommended by Warren Spector as one of his books to read to understand more about game narrative. This is great for anyone who wants to know what being a writer for games is all about. It's also great for any game dev who wants to understand more about the process that goes into creating stories in games and how writers use more than words to craft the whole experience. With 4 different authors, you get a great view of how narrative jobs are different throughout the industry and some of the philosophies people have when creating a game's story and then techniques for making it happen.

Read it if you want to understand what it's like to write for games.
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