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Game Narrative Summit: Leveraging Player Psychology in 'Bluebeard's Bride'


The IndieCade Grand Jury Award winning game Bluebeard's Bride is a lean and heavy-hitting tabletop role-playing game that entices players into engaging in very scary experiences. Rooted in feminine horror, the game has been described as sometimes cathartic, but always "utterly terrifying" in a way that players still find fun. In this session you will learn how the application of the principles of Jungian Depth Psychology helped create an interactive environment in which players were willing to disclose and play with their worst fears, and how these principles can be applied in your design to draw players into meaningful emotional experiences, whether the genre is horror or slice-of-life.

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