Choice. Consequence. Complicity. These, according to former Failbetter Games chief Alexis Kennedy, are key to writing great narratives for non-linear games.
In a GDC 2016 Narrative Summit session on the topic, Kennedy explained why and shared practical writing tricks for interactive stories in games.
He also explained which narrative traps you can easily avoid if you're careful, illustrating his advice with examples drawn from Failbetter's own Fallen London and Sunless Sea games.
It was an interesting talk, especially if you have any interest at all in weaving great stories into the game development process, and now you can watch the entire talk for free over on the official GDC YouTube channel.
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