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The G&W Podcast: Story Mode, ft. Jennifer Allaway

The G&W Podcast: Story Mode, ft. Jennifer Allaway

Jennifer Allaway, Senior Game Writer at Monolith Productions, gives her insights on narrative design and provides actionable advice for writers who want to break into the games industry.

The Game & Word Podcast: Volume 4, Episode 1: Story Mode (ft. Jennifer Allaway)

Welcome, dear readers, to The Game & Word Podcast! I’ve got a wonderful show for you today.

My guest this week is Jennifer Allaway, Senior Game Writer at Monolith Productions. We talked about about narrative design, what goes into building an effective branching narrative, and tips for any of you current or aspiring writers who are thinking of breaking into the game industry.

[Here’s a hint for one of them: play D&D. Yes, as in “Dungeons & Dragons.” Yes, I’m serious. You’ll just have to listen to find out why!]

It was a most enlightening and fun conversation. Jen is an industry veteran who’s worked as a game writer and narrative designer for many years, and her advice is sound, practical, actionable, and backed by her experience working in video games. I hope you find it useful and illuminating!

Now, before we proceed, I do want to get a couple of housekeeping items out of the way. First… if I sound a little funny in the intro and outro, it’s because I’m fighting a nasty bug that’s clogged my sinuses and messed up my throat. Fortunately, I recorded the main episode ahead of time, so don’t worry, you won’t have to listen to me talk strange for long! I appreciate you bearing with me.

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This episode contains SPOILERS for the Banner Saga Trilogy. If you’ve yet to play the games, and think you might play them someday, you might want to skip this one. Unless you don’t mind spoilers, in which case, carry on!


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Thank you all for listening today! Episode notes and links are below. Enjoy the show, and see you next week (or before then, on the subscriber chat!)

Podcast Notes & References

Theme Music Attribution

Simply Me by Deoxys Beats |
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Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported

Our Guest: Jennifer Allaway

Games Referenced:

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