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Session Name The Arcane Art of Puzzle Dependency Diagrams
Speaker(s) Noah Falstein
Company Name(s) The Inspiracy
Track / Format Game Narrative Summit
Overview The Puzzle Design Diagram was invented by Ron Gilbert at Lucasfilm Games to complete the design of Maniac Mansion. Since then, it has been refined, expanded, and remains a very useful, but heretofore, mysterious tool for those who craft interactive stories. It facilitates several counterintuitive techniques, including dependency-only diagramming and designing from the end to the beginning. This talk describes the PDD and how to use it, with examples both from classic graphic adventures and modern action/adventure titles.

GDC 2013

Noah Falstein

The Inspiracy

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Game Narrative Summit

Game Narrative

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