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Session Name: Game Career Seminar: Building Narrative Games with Yarn Spinner
Speaker(s): Mars Buttfield-Addison, Jon Manning
Company Name(s): University of Tasmania, Secret Lab
Track / Format: Game Career Seminar
Overview: Building a branching dialogue system in a game can be tricky, because you need to find the right balance between what your writers need and what your programmers have time to build. That's why it's often a great idea to use existing tools! Yarn Spinner is an open-source, free, flexible and extremely powerful tool for writing interactive conversations in games. that lets you write your game's conversations in a custom programming language designed to easy for writers and powerful for programmers.nnIn this session, we'll go from zero to a visual novel in under 30 minutes. We'll cover how to get set up, how to use your existing knowledge from tools like Twine, how to integrate conversations into your scene, and where to go next. The whole thing will be a dense, fast-paced trip through building a game. It's going to be a blast. Let's tell some stories.

Game Developers Conference 2021

Mars Buttfield-Addison

University of Tasmania

Jon Manning

Secret Lab

free content

Game Career Seminar

Game Career / Education