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A Historian's Guide to Researching Your Historical Game


This session shares insights from Dr. James Coltrain, a history professor and game developer, on researching and designinghistorically themed games. Dr. Coltrain will discuss choosing historical topics, accumulating historical sources, and soliciting help from scholars. He will also discuss using historical thinking to get inside the minds of past people to understand their culture, and uncover fascinating and unfamiliar facts to enrich game stories, characters, and environments. The presentation will draw upon existing games, as well as Dr. Coltrain's work on 'Cassius', an upcoming narrative mystery game confronting the legacy of the American Founding Fathers.

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