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Game Narrative Summit: Writing a Story Treatment ('Stranger Things' Style)

Joe Morrissey  (Narrative Director, Believer)

Location: Room 2016, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 18

Time: 2:10 pm - 2:40 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Game Narrative

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

How do you introduce your game world to others on your team? Is there a good method for onboarding people into your narrative while also focusing on writing what matters for the game?

When the Duffer Brothers were concepting the Stranger Things TV show, they built a Story Treatment of their world, characters, and narrative. This treatment is short, powerful, and visually interesting for anyone who comes across it. The session covers building a similar story treatment for your game.

This talk dissects their story treatment in great detail and how it can apply to early narrative development for games. The goal is to create an easy to read, concise document that speaks directly to other developers and potential partners looking to be informed, inspired, able to take action in their core disciplines.


Takeaway: This talk will walk you through the process of creating a working model, with clear examples for building a story treatment for your game world that is concise, engaging, and informative. While this is applicable for any game, this is especially useful for new IPs in early development.

Intended Audience

Target audience is anyone who has an interest in, or the responsibility of, defining and disseminating the big picture concept of a new world to a larger audience, especially when it comes to the early development for games, TV, movies, or books.

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