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|Session Name:||Turning Comedy of Manners into Gameplay: Versu Postmortem|
|Company Name(s):||Linden Labs|
|Track / Format:||Design|
|Overview:||Versu is a Linden Lab platform for interactive games and stories - its primary play mechanic consists of social interaction. This session will provide a postmortem discussion of the creation of Versu's first stories (set in Austen's England) and encoding 19th-century social norms for 21st-century players. Rich AI-driven character behavior and a complex dialogue engine offer the player a social universe that can be explored and manipulated to achieve a wide range of genre-appropriate outcomes: from love, marriage, and financial security to duels, social ruin, madness, and death.|