Character and Story

design the city – develop the lead character – outline the story

Commonweal PI Unit took on the challenging job of taking the development work (the post-its and the charts and drawings) from the Project Launch Event and turning it into a more detailed profile of the lead character and an outline for the story.

They split into groups for this, but, inevitably, there was a lot of back and forth between the character group and the story group.

Firstly, with visual inspiration from the internet, they developed The World a little further:

architecture with a modernist design: glass and steel
with parks and so on, but all completely artificial: even the parks are Astroturf and the trees are made from artificial materials
the inhabitants are a mixture of androids and humans, with the androids being the higher class and the humans lower

The Main Character

They took their key inspiration from The Girl with the Galaxy in her Hair from the Launch Event.

Main Character
taken in by an android couple and raised as their own: as an android
so she thinks she is an android (at some point she and the player will have to discover the truth!)
so she thinks she is high class, when she is really low. (will make some great dramatic problems later on)
Androids have numbers
She is PI31415, Pye for short.

rebel
goes to forbidden places in the city looking for old stuff that she can make new tech out of.

The Story
Pye goes to back alleys and run down abandoned areas looking for scrap to make new tech out of.
then she’s caught in a forbidden place and banished from the city!

Mini Games
scavenging for scrap:
hidden object games where they player can help her find the stuff she needs
and then other games where the player has to help her assemble stuff to make the new tech.
She describes to the player what she needs, and the player can spot it for her.
But there’s a problem. There are patrolling security droids, so she only has limited time.

Back To The Story
So, at the end of this section, when she is banished, the only things she has to help her on this harsh planet are those things she managed to built from scavenged parts.

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Publicity

articles on news websites – print articles – front page news

App Launch Event

pye cutout – lighting – venue decoration – game themed cakes – excited young people – proud parents – delighted funders – press

Coding

testing Kwik – accessible coding – mentoring ability

Dialogue and Soundscape

record dialogue – add post-production effects – create soundscapes for scenes

The Junkyard

research imagery – manipulate imagery to produce design

Story and Game Development

brainstorm ideas – talk them through – shape ideas – share with other groups – review – structure and flowchart – script

Design The City

discuss commonweal’s ideas for the city – research – print – cut and paste – mood board

Pye’s Secret Workshop

mindmap ideas for pye’s workshop – design and draw the background – design and draw items for hidden object game

Choosing a Voice

learn about using tenses and voices in creative writing – evaluate and discuss – choose a voice for our game

Project Launch Event

what is a gamebook – choose a genre – what is that genre about – create a world for your story – create a main character for your adventure

What is a Gamebook

find out about gamebooks – try some out – decide what ours should be