Writers Max and Nick Folkman sit down with other writers and developers to discuss storytelling in video games.
Bahiyya Khan & Son M.
How are we almost done with May already?! It's bananas, and you know what else is bananas? Our guests for today's episode! Bahiyya and Son join us to talk about writing processes, where they start when they’re creating a character, how often their stories change from what they originally planned, story structure, their greatest tools for storytelling, how they figure out their beginnings, when do they let other people see their work, whether they’re ever dissuaded by feedback, storytelling moments in games that they thought were special, silent protagonists, storytelling advice, major influences, what they’re reading/watching these days that isn’t video games, and way way more!
Leslee Sullivant & Cassandra Khaw
Spring is here and so are Leslee (Design Producer on Marvel Strike Force at Scopely, previously a writer and development manager at Riot, and held a variety of narrative design and production roles at 2K and Dorian) and Cassandra (award-winning game & fiction writer who’s worked on such games as Sunless Skies, Wasteland 3, and Falcon Age)! They join us to talk about being stubborn, knowing when to stop pushing for something, writing barks, overlapping dialogue, where they start when creating characters, whether they’re plotters or pantsers, what their writing habits are, how to force yourself to start writing, how COVID has changed their habits, navigating bureaucracy, knowing when to leave your environment for a better one, dealing with people overstepping their boundaries, and more!
Greg Kasavin & Kate Dollarhyde
Happy New Year one and all! To celebrate yet another new beginning, we've brought back old guests Greg and Kate to chat with us about working from home during COVID, work/life balance, Early Access, the keys to writing memorable shopkeepers, the beauty of em dashes, themes that they gravitate towards, working with ensemble casts, what kept them up at night the most on the last game they worked on, murder hobos, games being adapted into film/TV, collaborating with other disciplines more closely, and more, more, more!
Cissy Jones & Erika Ishii
Are those sleigh bells in the air? NO, IT'S A NEW EPISODE OF SCRIPT LOCK! After trudging through the hellacious year that was 2020, we're back with Cissy and Erika to talk whether you need to live in Hollywood to be a VO actor, being recast, voice matching, auditions, secrecy around characters you’re auditioning for, the luxury of getting scripts before a session, how they like to receive direction, best and worst pieces of direction, vocal health and more!
Rex Crowle & Daniel Pemberton
Hope you're all staying safe out there! This month's fantastic episode has Rex and Daniel joining us to talk about running into Peter Molyneux in the toilet at a conference in Spain, Guildford being the Hollywood of the games industry, whether their collaborative process has changed over the years, how early they started working together on Knights and Bikes, what they wanted to accomplish with the music, throwing stuff away, if people undervalue the storytelling potential of music in games, memorable pieces of nonverbal storytelling, the best and worst they've ever been treated on a job, not knowing what you're doing, and a whole lot more!
Alix Wilton Regan & Erin Yvette
Podcasting safely from home, we're back with Alix and Erin to talk about working during a pandemic, where do they start when creating a character, how to support a fellow actor well, rehearsals, the audition process, receiving direction, what makes a good/bad director, trusting your actors, the best/worst direction they’ve ever gotten, intimacy on the motion capture stage, having more morally gray female characters, whether AAA games should keep learning from Hollywood, and more!
A Top Resource for Game writers & Narrative Designers of all Stages
I just got caught up on Scriptlock’s backlog, and it’s been an incredible resource. As someone who’s studying game writing and narrative design on their own, this show has widened my perspective and taught me things about games I’d never considered before. As I continue to learn more about game writing and narrative design, I’ll keep coming back to this incredible resource. Keep up the good work guys!
I’m a game designer and this is still a fabulous podcast!
Out of all the gamedev podcasts I’ve listened to, I’ve learned the most from this one. I’m not even a writer! The focus is on storytelling In videogames, but it’s more than that. Nick and Max are fantastic hosts that ask the best questions with even better guests. A+ 10/10 Don’t Miss!
Fantastic behind the scenes look at gaming
Just discovered this show. Love the look specifically at games writing. Very insightful and entertaining. Can't wait to dig deeper into the episodes I missed.