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Fitting Writers into the Development Process

Bildergebnis für devcom logoA thrill a minute at Devcom! Or maybe just informative by the minute. Tomorrow I’ll be speaking on Fitting Writers into the Development Process at Devcom in Cologne. Join in the informativeness!

Fitting Writers into the Development Process

When: 12:00pm-1pm, Monday, August 20, 2018
Where: Devcom, Stage 2, Koelnmesse, Cologne, Germany
What: Game developers are sometimes left scratching their heads on how to incorporate writers into the game development process.  This talk will take attendees through the stages of development to identify how a writer can integrate with the team and add value to the game, whether it be narrative-driven or narrative-light.

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Signing comics and talking games at San Diego Comic Con!

It’s happening! In a week, nerds of the world will unite at Comic-con for another fun-filled extravaganza. I’ll be doing a comic book signing at Kymera Press of a limited edition PET NOIR #5. Git yours as it’s not yet available on their site! I’ll also be speaking on video game writing along with a panel of illustrious greats! Like the villain in every movie, I say “Join usssss!”

Here be the schedule:

Crafting Story for Video Games
Thursday July 19, 2018 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Room 6BCF
Video game veterans from Telltale, Riot, Xbox, and other companies share tips and techniques they use for making successful game narrative. They’ll share real-life examples and behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the origins of some of the most popular video game characters, worlds, and stories.

Signing Pet Noir
Sunday, July 22 2pm
Kymera Press, Booth #2003
Pet Noir is an adaptation of Pati Nagle’s series of linked short stories, “Pet Noir.” In “Pet Noir” feline investigator Leon, with opposable thumbs and the ability to talk, is possibly the most dangerous cat in the galaxy. The comic is drawn by Anna Giovannini, inked by Laurie Foster, colored by Liezl Buenaventura and written by Anne Toole.

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Assassin’s Creed Origins: Curse of the Pharaohs is live!

MarchUpdate_headerThe final DLC for Assassin’s Creed Origins, Curse of the Pharaohs, is live today! I was the lead writer on this extravaganza set in the ancient capital of Egypt, Thebes, forcing Bayek to face new foes and Pharaohs who seem to have risen from the dead. Enjoy hours of new content, including fantastic locations, weapons, and battles that expand what you’ve already enjoyed in Assassin’s Creed Origins. If you have a season pass, you can download it straight away, or you can purchase it for the low, low price of $19.99.

Already, fans have been saying to Ubisoft “look all I’m asking is what time the curse of the pharaohs dlc will go live I’m not asking for you to employ me” 🙂 and “And so apparently the cutscenes from the Curse of the Pharaohs DLC plus the full ending have already been leaked / shared / published / whatever. Be careful out there!” Check out the launch trailer here:

Congrats to the team at Ubisoft Sofia on the launch, and hope everyone enjoys playing it!

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Horizon Zero Dawn wins Writers Guild Award!

It happened! Horizon Zero Dawn won OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING at the Writers Guild of America awards ceremony on Sunday. Congrats to all the nominees, winners, and the HZD writing team:

Horizon Zero Dawn, Narrative Director John Gonzalez; Lead Writer Benjamin McCaw; Writing by Ben Schroder, Anne Toole; Additional Writing by Dee Warrick, Meg Jayanth; Guerrilla Games

Check out the acceptance speech and some photos from the event, but be warned, there is a clown.

Next up are the DICE awards next week in Vegas and the GDC awards next month in San Francisco. Fingers crossed for the Guerrilla team, who are nominated in multiple categories!

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Horizon Zero Dawn nominated for Writers Guild Award!

Horizon Zero Dawn‘s writing team earned a Writers Guild Award nomination! The announcement marks my second nomination; the first was for THE WITCHER. HZD has made quite a splash, winning Best Narrative at the Golden Joystick Awards and the Golden Calf at the Netherlands Film Festival, among others. Horizon joins nominees from such projects as HANDMAID’S TALE, GLOW, and GET OUT. Read on to see all the Videogame Writing nominees!

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, External Writers Anna Megill, Hazel Monforton; Lead Narrative Designer Sachka Duval; Arkane Studios-Bethesda Softworks

Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, Written by Cas Ruffin, Patric M. Verrone; TinyCo

Horizon Zero Dawn, Narrative Director John Gonzalez; Lead Writer Benjamin McCaw; Writing by Ben Schroder, Anne Toole; Additional Writing by Dee Warrick, Meg Jayanth; Guerrilla Games

Madden NFL 18: Longshot, Written by Michael Young, Adrian Todd Zuniga; Story by Michael Young; Tiburon/Electronic Arts

For a full list of nominees and other awards info, check out the list here.

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Speaking on Game Writing: China and Mexico edition

Game writing has been top of mind this week, as I spoke about fitting writers into the game development process first at WePlay China, and later today at Gamacon in Mexico. If you happen to be in Mexicali today, November 2nd, I’ll be speaking at 2pm, along with other such luminaries:Image may contain: 6 people, people smiling, text

If you’re not able to make either presentation, check out one of my exquisite, awe-inspiring slides from WePlay in Shanghai.

You don’t need to see what I look like. Unless you do. I was also honored to present the award for Narrative Excellence at WePlay:

Anne Toole presenting Narrative Excellence award to Detention at WePlay China 2017

The award went to Detention, which I haven’t played yet, but it looks awesome.

Hope to see you in Mexicali, or at the next conference!

 

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Video Game Writing panel at Comic-con

cci_logoComic-con International starts today, and tomorrow I’ll join a panel of video game writers to discuss video game writing. If you’re at SDCC, you’ll want to check this panel out!

Writing for the Computer Gaming Industry

Thursday July 20, 2017 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Room 25ABC

Some of the most talented storytellers today create worlds for the computer gaming industry. This panel of industry vets share insights gleaned from creating some of the best reviewed narrative-driven titles in gaming history. The panel includes Neal Hallford (Lily Bard Online), Anne Toole (Horizon Zero Dawn), John Zuur Platten (Ingress), Kimberly Unger (Dexter: Slice), and Erin Knowles, moderated by Jana Hallford (Swords & Circuitry: A Designer’s Guide to Computer Role-Playing Games).

See you in San Diego!

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