Writing tools for Interactive Media

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"All in one" tools

ChoiceScript - "ChoiceScript is a simple programming language for writing multiple-choice games (MCGs) like Choice of the Dragon. Writing games with ChoiceScript is easy and fun, even for authors with no programming experience." https://www.choiceofgames.com/make-your-own-games/choicescript-intro/

StoryStylus - "StoryStylus is WordPress for publishing narrative-focused games. We’ve simplified story elements like People, Locations, Events, Items and Conversation into building blocks waiting for you to create your story worlds for exploration. It’s so easy we’ve taught 10 year olds how to make games with StoryStylus!" https://storystylus.com/?fbclid=IwAR37kl5f80rSxQ7ep75GTOHnfkyHzPHLL9wK5u3-0FSj3FhVKdf19q2c894

Celestory - https://www.celestory.io/en

Interactive Fiction tools

Twine - "Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories. You don't need to write any code to create a simple story with Twine, but you can extend your stories with variables, conditional logic, images, CSS, and JavaScript when you're ready. Twine publishes directly to HTML, so you can post your work nearly anywhere. Anything you create with it is completely free to use any way you like, including for commercial purposes." Often used to demonstrate interactive storylines - not so much to prepare for shooting them. http://twinery.org

Squiffy - "Squiffy is a tool for creating interactive fiction - that is, multiple choice games that focus on text and story. Players navigate through the game or story by clicking links. Sometimes these kinds of games or stories are known as gamebooks. Squiffy is free and open source. It creates HTML and JavaScript, so you can upload it to your own website, or you can upload your games for free to textadventures.co.uk." http://textadventures.co.uk/squiffy?fbclid=IwAR0ivvqtli6rAVLL49-o1qWIdVo25K-M49xL5rSdBJFEn30rMZ10k8AON2g

Inform - "Inform is a design system for interactive fiction based on natural language. It is a radical reinvention of the way interactive fiction is designed, guided by contemporary work in semantics and by the practical experience of some of the world's best-known writers of IF. http://inform7.com

Story tools for games

Celtx - "An all-in-one system for writing, planning, and collaborating on video and game productions" https://www.celtx.com/index.html

Fungus for Unity - "Fungus helps you bring your story to life as a game! We make it easy for you to add colourful characters and craft gripping storylines, even if you have never used Unity 3D before. Our intuitive visual scripting lets everyone create beautiful story games - for free and with no coding! Power users can use Lua scripting to tackle bigger storytelling projects." https://fungusgames.com/?fbclid=IwAR3WeiOaMLB4wNZ0jmZiRZubM9k1G98vzWVIRxu23zGQPwmlHZd_jm6CWeI

Storygrid - "The Story Grid is a tool developed by editor Shawn Coyne to analyze stories and provide helpful editorial comments. It’s like a CT Scan that takes a photo of the global story and tells the editor or writer what is working, what is not, and what must be done to make what works better and fix what’s not." https://storygrid.com/downloadable-tools/

Nonlinear dialogue writing tools

Arcweave - Arcweave is the first browser based professional tool for game and narrative design. Create your plot, characters and conditions in a visual, readable and understandable way. Mention your components for easy access anywhere you need them. Share and present your work on the same tool where you design." https://arcweave.com/?fbclid=IwAR0ehjABmzKVul_xMmdTIs4swNQ0C0Ro2iH1WEpAhTbv_vzEUB6gXw_5jNw

ChatMapper - "ChatMapper is an easy to use tool for writing and testing nonlinear dialogue and events for fields where complex problems are the normal, such as entertainment, e-learning, emergency response, diagnoses health care, sales and customer service, and strategic planning." http://www.chatmapper.com

Articy: Draft - "Articy:draft is a visual environment for the creation and organization of game content. It unites specialized editors for many areas of content design in one coherent tool. All content can be exported into various formats, including XML and Microsoft Office. You can even export into your game engine." https://www.nevigo.com/en/articydraft/overview/

Visual novel creator tools

Ren'Py - "Ren'Py is a visual novel engine – used by thousands of creators from around the world – that helps you use words, images, and sounds to tell interactive stories that run on computers and mobile devices. These can be both visual novels and life simulation games. The easy to learn script language allows anyone to efficiently write large visual novels, while its Python scripting is enough for complex simulation games. Ren'Py is open source and free for commercial use." https://www.renpy.org

Tyranobuilder-- - Start making your own multi-platform video games right NOW, even if you know nothing about game programming or scripting! TyranoBuilder’s suite of intuitive drag-and-drop tools allows you to create high quality visual novels with speed and ease, and bring your creativity visions to reality!" http://tyranobuilder.com

Visual Novel Maker - "Visual Novel Maker is an engine specializing in the creation of Visual Novels and its sub-genres. It helps the user to create interactive or non-interactive stories for computers and mobile devices. The easy to use editor enables you to create Visual Novels with relative ease and no programming knowledge. Visual Novel Maker is developed by André Radomski." https://asset.visualnovelmaker.com/help/index.htm#t=Visual_Novel_Maker.htm

Ren'Py, Tyranobuilder & Visual Novel Maker are reviewed here: https://www.pcgamer.com/the-best-visual-novel-engines/

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