Interactive narrative hasn’t changed much in forty years – it’s still ruled by limited options and predestined outcomes. While digital RPG gameplay has become more sophisticated, the stories remain rather basic (albeit better disguised). Remarkably, we still haven’t matched the tabletop role-playing experience.
We need to approach interactive story from a different angle, one that’s natively digital and that takes full advantage of the new content platform paradigm. It won’t be easy, it’ll take a lot of time… but WE’RE WIZARDS, right?!
To explore the potential of a truly emergent narrative, and explain how playing tabletop role-playing games can get us there.
Storytellers, creators, writers, game developers, and gamers.
Five Things Audience Members Will Learn
- An abbreviated history of interactive storytelling
- Different approaches to interactive narrative; their pros and cons
- Sneaky tricks good Game Masters use to get players invested in a game
- How to convert player agency into dramatic agency (also great for GMs)
- That they want to play a tabletop RPG (if they haven’t already).