Nicole Martinez & Megan Starks

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Apologies to all for the slight delay, but the wait has TOTALLY been worth it because today we've got Nicole (Senior Narrative Designer at Crystal Dynamics, and before that a Creative Director on the unreleased The Wolf Among Us: Season 2, and a writer on season 2 of Minecraft: Story Mode, Guardians of the Galaxy, Batman, The Walking Dead: Michonne, Game of Thrones: Season 1, and The Wolf Among Us: Season 1) and Megan (Senior Narrative Designer Team Lead and Senior Writer on the recently-released Outer Worlds by Obsidian Entertainment, and before that she was a Senior Writer on Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire and Tyranny, and a Senior Game Designer and Content Zone Lead on Wildstar for Carbine Studios) joining us to talk writing/design tests, whether narrative design and game writing should be separate jobs, the hardest things to write and design, writers' rooms, rewriting processes, where they start with constructing branching narratives, what they look for in endings as creators and whether it's different than what they look for as consumers, meaningful choices, storytelling trends they'd like to see more of, NPCs, major influences, and a great deal more!

Our guests on the Internet

Nicole's Twitter.

Megan's Twitter, Website, and check out House of Ash and Brimstone (Gatewalkers Book 1)!

Stuff We Talked About

The Wolf Among Us

Bioshock

Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter by Laurell K. Hamilton

Sabriel by Garth Nix

Untitled Goose Game

The Walking Dead Season 1

The Outer Worlds

More than Quest Givers: Why Good Characters Matter Konsoll 2019 Talk by Molly Maloney and Eric Stirpe

Pyre

God of War

Transistor

Brave Fencer Musashi

Apex Legends

Dota 2

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen

The Twelve Dancing Princesses by the Brothers Grimm

Luigi's Mansion 3

Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons

Schitt's Creek

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Our theme music was composed by Isabella Ness, and our logo was created by Lily Nishita.

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