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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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Update: San Diego Comic-con panels, streaming and signing!

cci_logoMore panels! A signing! If you’re going to Comic-con — and even if you’re not — you have more chances to learn about writing, hear news from Comic-con, and pick up a kewl comic. Here’s what I’ll be doing:

Comic-con HQ Streaming Panel
Thursday, July 21st, 3-4pm
Log on to Comic-con HQ (free) and watch a panel of industry pros, including me, discuss the latest news coming out of Comic-con!

Writing for the Computer Gaming Industry
Friday, July 22nd, 5-6pm, Room 9
Add this panel to your schedule, or check out more deets here.

Signing Crystal Cadets!
Sunday, July 24th, 11am-noon, Lion Forge booth 2300
I’ll be live in person signing promotional materials for the Crystal Cadets graphic novel (hopefully they can get the second printing in time). Rumor has it I’ll be joined by the artist, Katie O’Neill. Fingers crossed!

Come on down and say hi, or catch me streaming on the interwebs!

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SDCC: Writing for the Computer Gaming Industry

It’s baaack! This year at Comic-con International in San Diego, we’ll be gathering together to discuss writing for gamez! Come join the usual suspects and some new faces as we discuss writing for games and answer all your burning questions.

Writing for the Computer Gaming Industry
Storytelling is entering a new golden age in the computer gaming industry. This panel of insiders share their experiences in creating some of the best-reviewed narrative-driven titles in gaming history. Neal Hallford (Betrayal at Krondor: Remastered),Chris Avellone (Divinity: Original Sin II), Anne Toole (Horizon Zero Dawn), John Zuur Platten (Ingress), Geoffrey Thorne (The Librarians), Jean Leggett (Betwixt), and Blair Leggett (StoryStylus) promise an entertaining and informative hour. Moderated by Jana Hallford (Swords & Circuitry: A Designer’s Guide to Computer Role-Playing Games).

When: Friday July 22, 2016 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: Room 9

Join us! You can add it to your schedule here.

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Worldbuilding at Dutch Comic-con!

I have modest ambitions this weekend. I’m going to teach how to build an entire world. A universe even. But I won’t be alone. I’ll be joined by several other writers with the equally modest goal of sharing how to create appealing worlds for the reader. If that’s not enough, I’ll also be speaking about the representation of women in games with several other writers of books, comics, and movies. If you’re interested in building worlds for your novel or game, or you’d like to hear about great representations of women in the media, come on down to Dutch Comic con this weekend!Dutch Comic-con

World Building
When: Saturday, March 26th, 3:45pm-4:45pm
Where: Jaarbeurs Utrecht, Speakers Corner, Hall 8 by the American Book Center
Who:
Brian McClellan
Chris Ryall (Editor-in-Chief, IDW)
Adrian Stone
Me!

Bechdel Test Anno 2016
When: Saturday, March 26th, 5-6pm
Where: Jaarbeurs Utrecht, Speakers Corner, Hall 8 by the American Book Center
Who:
Corinne Duyvis
Marieke Nijkamp
​​Tisa Pescar
Ann Vandermeer
Jeff Vandermeer
Me!

If you find yourself near Utrecht in the Netherlands this weekend, join all of us at Dutch Comic Con!

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Writing Great Video Games with Great Video Game Writers — at Comikaze

Comikaze is back at the LA Convention Center this weekend! If you want to learn about writing great video games, come on down for a panel with some awesome video game writers, and I’m not just talking about me 😉  The panel title is more than a prescription for creating great games — we’ll be discussing our own narrative toolbox. Join me, Chris Avellone, Haris Orkin, and Karen Strassman this Saturday to learn it all! Or as much as we can get through in an hour!

WRITING GREAT VIDEO GAMES with GREAT VIDEO GAME WRITERS
Saturday, October 31, 2015
2:30pm
Room: 518
The co-authors of SLAY THE DRAGON: WRITING GREAT VIDEO GAMES moderate a panel on video game writing with some of the best video game writers working today. Learn what goes into creating stories for games; what tricks and tools are in the video game writers’ toolbox. Hear how these game writers broke into a business and the need now for more narrative designers in this every growing world. Guests include: Anne Toole, The Witcher, Escape Dead Island;
 Haris Orkin, Dying Light, Call of Juarez;
 Karen Strassman, Til Morning’s Light, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm;
 Chris Avellone, Pillars of Eternity, Fallout: New Vegas.

See you on Saturday at:
Comikaze Expo 2015

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Seek the Grail and win the game!

Graal SeekerGraal Seeker, a new indie game, is just around the corner, and you could win a copy if you share the Graal Seeker Indiegogo campaign.  In Graal Seeker, you take on the role of an adventurer seeking the Holy Grail and live the legends that surround it.  The game offers RPG fun with roguelike mechanics and tactical battles.  As a writer on the project, I’ll be with you on your journey as you seek your own personal Graal.  So hop on board and contribute to the Graal Seeker Indiegogo campaign and get involved with the contest!  You can also vote for the game on Steam Greenlight!

Here are the rules of the contest:

We are pleased to launch an Indiegogo contest starting today until October 21th. You can win copies of the game, alpha and beta access & more! The rule is simple: Share the campaign with your friends, family and to the world. Only 1 restriction: you need to be logged in to Indiegogo and use the sharing tools in the Graal Seeker page. This is how we count your score.

How to win: earn 1 point per click on your link and 10 points for each € spent by your visitors. The top 5 referrers will get rewards.

Rewards:
If you have not contributed yet: you win The Druid.
If you already have The Peasant, The Archer or The Druid: you win an alpha access and a t-shirt.
If you have contributed for at least 20€: you win an alpha access, & a t-shirt or an Easter Egg. If you already have all of this, you win the opportunity to create an event for the game.

How to share: use your unique URL link to post around the Internet.

So contribute to the Graal Seeker Indiegogo campaign and/or share the campaign.  You only have until October 21st!

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PAX et Scriptio: Writing panel at PAX

You’re SO mature! Is Storytelling in Games Coming of Age? is the title of my panel coming up at PAX Prime next week!  While you may think you already know the answer, join me and my other esteemed writing colleagues as we discuss what’s working and what isn’t in the world of narrative and games.  Of course, there’s still time to bone up on the latest games that are examples and counterexamples of great game storytelling.  Got a favorite… that’s not LAST OF US?  Got a least favorite… that’s not LAST OF US?  Drop a comment and share your opinion, or join us for the panel:

You’re SO mature! Is Storytelling in Games Coming of Age?
When: Saturday, August 30, 2014, 7pm
Where: Sphinx Theater, Penny Arcade Expo (PAX)

It feels like video games have been around for ages, but in truth they’re still a relatively young medium. In the last few years we’ve witnessed them beginning to take on more serious subjects and mature themes in their narrative. Is this the start of the adulthood of storytelling in games? Join our all-star panel of game writers and narrative experts as we discuss this exciting new direction in game narrative and speculate on a bold new future of interactive storytelling.

PANELISTS:

Chris Tihor [Game Writer/Designer, Ironic Iconic Studios], Toiya Kristen Finley [Narrative Designer/Game Writer & Game Designer, Schnoodle Media, LLC], Richard Dansky [Central Clancy Writer, Ubisoft/Red Storm], Qais Fulton [Narrative Designer, Freelance], Anne Toole [Writer and Narrative Designer, The Write Toole], Raphael van Lierop [Creative Director, Hinterland Games]

See you at PAX, or in the comment section!

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