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The Principles of High-Level Writing

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The Principles of High-Level Writing

Editorial - posted by VentilatorOfDoom on Mon 8 March 2010, 21:54:55

Tags: Obsidian Entertainment

Sometimes I get the impression that writing about gamedesign is way more popular than actually doing gamedesign. Of course I could be wrong. Anyway, Josh Sawyer, working at Codex' favorite developer Obsidian Entertainment, shares some insights with us.

At work, we have a lot of rules for how to write. These range from punctuation (single-spacing after terminal punctuation) to spelling ("all right" vs. "alright") to structural (where a "goodbye" response should be relative to a "start combat" response and where that should be relative to a "friendly" response). Every project has a document (or documents) on the specific guidelines for that project. In spite of all the details, there are certain high-level principles that tend to be common. Okay, maybe it's just in my mind, but here are principles that I believe are important for writing player-driven dialogue in choice-heavy RPGs.

Spotted at: RPGWatch

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