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|Session Name:||How to Create Great Characters: Depth, Emotion and Player Agency|
|Speaker(s):||Caroline Marchal, John Yorke|
|Company Name(s):||Interior Night, Angel Station|
|Track / Format:||Game Narrative Summit|
|Overview:||Do you want players to care deeply about your story? Then you need great characters that grow and change like Walter White or Daenerys Targaryen. Your story can only ever be as strong as your protagonist is memorable. But how do you write meaningful character arcs that aren't destroyed on a whim by player's agency? How can you preserve your story's integrity when players are in control of the character's fate? Some people say it's impossible and,indeed in most games, characters don't change. This session will show you that it's not only possible, it's essential to engage players on a deep personal level. Join 'Heavy Rain' Lead Game Designer Caroline Marchal and BBC Drama Producer John Yorke to understand how to create characters that empower players for maximum emotional impact.|