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Game Narrative Summit: Dynamic Narrative Systems in 'Elsinore'

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Elsinore (Finalist: "Excellence in Narrative" and "Excellence in Design," IGF 2020) was praised for the breadth and depth of scenarios the game allowed players to explore. At the core of Elsinore's flexibility was its narrative simulation engine, which allowed the game to dynamically respond to all sorts of player actions in surprising ways. However, such systems never come without complications. nnUsing specific examples, this talk will dive into how Elsinore's narrative and simulation elements were woven together, the advantages of this approach, and how it could be applied to other games. It will also explore all the ways these systems can go wrong, the way these complications manifest, and how the Elsinore team tackled these issues.

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