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Interactive storytelling : Beginning at the end.

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Nataly Rios explains her process of creating an interactive murder-mystery game.

She shares her experience and gives insights about breaking down the story, setting points of interaction and building the experience for the audience, starting from the end of the story rather than the beginning.

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Interactive storytelling : Beginning at the end.

  1. 1. The Conducttr Conference 2014 Naty Ríos Interactive Storytelling: Beginning at the end @natygoico #cdttr2014
  2. 2. MURDER-MYSTERY STORY
  3. 3. THE PROBLEM DATA1 ? OPERATIONS 2 RESULTS 3
  4. 4. QUEST RESOLUTIONEXPERIENCE ? STORY ANSWER (DATA) (OPERATIONS) (RESULTS)
  5. 5. QUEST RESOLUTIONEXPERIENCESTORY (DATA) (OPERATIONS) (RESULTS)
  6. 6. QUEST S T A R T E N DHOW?
  7. 7. Who is Daniel and what is he doing at the Chatsfield? S T A R T E N DHOW? Daniel is working under cover He’s looking to revenge his father’s death 4 guys at the Chatsfield are involved (Call to Action) (Mystery Solved)
  8. 8. QUEST (DATA) 1 ? EXPERIENCE 2 ANSWER 3 sTORY (OPERARTIONS) (RESULTS)
  9. 9. QUESTS STORY FOR QUEST 1 BREAKDOWN THE STORY STORY FOR QUEST 2 STORY FOR QUEST 3 Story for Sub-quest Story for Sub-quest Story for Sub-quest (ANSWERS TO QUESTS)
  10. 10. QUESTS Daniel is working undercover Daniel is a secret millionaire working at The Chatsfield bar under cover. He’s trying to find his father’s killer. His father was killed in 2009 in a hit and run in Madrid. The accident is related to a jewellery robbery committed by a gang who’s currently staying / living at the hotel. The gang is formed by four guys, including the hotel’s manager Matthias. The driver (hit and run) is not one of the guys, but the responsible for the death is Matthias, who told the driver to take the pedestrian route. Father killed– Guys at the hotel involved Matthias is the responsible for the death Story for Sub-quest Story for Sub-quest Story for Sub-quest
  11. 11. QUESTS WHO IS DANIEL? WHAT IS HE DOING AT THE HOTEL? WHO’S THE RIGHT TARGET? BREAKDOWN THE STORY QUEST 1 QUEST 2 QUEST 3 WHERE WAS GUY 1? WHERE WAS GUY 2? WHERE WAS GUY 3? WHERE WAS GUY 4?
  12. 12. QUEST: WHO IS DANIEL? WHO IS DANIEL HOW? (Call to Action) (Answer) CEO AT SECURITY COMPANY FAKE BAR MANAGER MILLIONAIRE SECURITY COMPANY CEO ? ??
  13. 13. QUEST: Who is Daniel? CEO AT SECURITY COMPANY How will the audience learn this? ANSWER
  14. 14. QUEST: Who is Daniel? CEO AT SECURITY COMPANY How will the audience learn this? Daniel’s answering machine: “This is Daniel Northman, CEO…” Audience calls Daniel’s mobile Daniel’s mobile CLUE 3 ANSWER
  15. 15. QUEST: Who is Daniel? CEO AT SECURITY COMPANY How will the audience learn this? Daniel’s answering machine: “This is Daniel Northman, CEO…” Daniel’s mobile number showed in his company’s website Northcom Security Audience goes to the website. They see Daniel’s mobile number Daniel’s mobile CLUE 2 CLUE 3 ANSWER Audience calls Daniel’s mobile
  16. 16. QUEST: Who is Daniel? CEO AT SECURITY COMPANY How will the audience learn this? Daniel’s answering machine: “This is Daniel Northman, CEO…” Daniel’s mobile number showed in his company’s website Northcom Security Audience goes to the website. They see Daniel’s mobile number Daniel’s mobile CLUE 2 CLUE 3 ANSWER Link to Northcom Security website Jessie’s Inbox Audience checks Jessie’s inbox: Email from John Footer with link to Daniel’s company website CLUE 1 Audience calls Daniel’s mobile
  17. 17. Northman Security Jessie’s Inbox: An email from Daniel’s employee. Mentions he got a phone number from that girl in Marbella – he was going to text and pretend it was Daniel :) Footer has a link to the website This is “Daniel Northman, CEO of… Just giggles if you call. SMS and pretend you’re Daniel to get juicy gossip about his millionaire lifestyle Tell Jessie that Daniel is CEO and Millionaire Dif rewards for knowing both facts and if you completed the journey (e.g. didn’t cheat!) Jessie’s Inbox Phone number Follow up next week with psychometric test Jessie asks for help: Email me if you want to help me find out who is Daniel! Call to action QUEST: Who is Daniel? User Journey and details
  18. 18. DRAMA Matthias GOOD ROMANCE Corrupted man. Ambition, power and money. Tells the driver to take the fatal route. Plans and finances the robbery. Responsible for the murder. Stole the getaway car from another city. Did most of the robbery. Was at the car but didn’t drive. Has a big ego. He’s seeing Ally. Planner. Forger and Hacker. Created fake ID cards. He did it for love. He was supposed to run away with a woman (Francesca). Insider. Initially we don’t know his name. He goes by CheChe. He was intentionally on vacation. Took a flight the day of the crime. He needed the money. BAD Francisco Arnaldo Javier
  19. 19. SUB QUEST. What was Javier doing? Javier wasn’t driving. He was meeting a woman. John John sends email to audience with a screen shot of a photo of Javier with two woman. Audience tweets Anita Screen shot of a photo of Javier with two woman in twitter. The date is close to the accident. It shows the woman’s twitter accounts: @anita CLUE 1 Anita reveals Javier and Francesca were a couple, but she hasn’t seen them since that time (2009). Gives Francesca’s email CLUE 2 Anita Audience tweets Francesca Francesca reveals that she was supposed to meet Javier that day to run away together, but instead, she watched him for far and left him waiting. CLUE 3 Francesca How will the audience learn this? ANSWER
  20. 20. “ Here then the poem may be said to have had its beginning - at the end where all works of art should begin- ”Edgar Allan Poe

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