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A Cruel Fate: Emergent Tragedies in 'The Shrouded Isle'


Most management games have a utopian ethos, telling emergent narratives about community growth and economic prosperity. 'The Shrouded Isle', by contrast, is a dystopian simulation, depicting a dwindling, island community that kills its members to serve a dark god. As conventional management mechanics are thematically inappropriate, the gameplay focuses on systems that intentionally subvert players' expectations and drive them to cause their own downfall. This talk will be part design postmortem of 'The Shrouded Isle' and part analysis, examining three techniques that designers can use to create emergent tragedies.

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