“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” – Philip Pullman
What is LudoNarraCon 2023?
LudoNarraCon 2023 (LNC) is a FREE digital convention hosted on Steam, with a focus on celebrating narrative and storytelling in video games and the talented and dedicated people that make such titles. The initiative was started in 2019 by indie publishing label Fellow Traveller, creating a platform to showcase unique and innovative narrative-centric games. This year’s event is only the third event of its kind and will run from 10am PDT 4th – 8th May 2023.
Being an entirely digital event removes any geographical focus or restrictions and enables LudoNarraCon to concentrate the focus of the convention and appeal to a relatively niche market on a global scale. The overall aim is to replicate as many of the aspects and benefits of a physical convention as possible without the many drawbacks of a crowded exhibition floor.
The LudoNarraCon 2023 Festivities will include:
● 44 exhibiting teams will stream behind-the-scenes content on their Steam store page.
● 35 demos will be available to download and play during the digital festival – 18 are debuting during the event!
● Over 12 hours of live panel discussions and fireside talks streamed on the main “theatre” page.
● Over 60 hours of video content will be available to attendees during the festival.
● Over 140 narrative games will be on sale in a special LudoNarraCon sale.
LudoNarraCon 2023 Exhibitors
During the digital festival, the 44 exhibiting narrative games will give behind-the-scenes insights via live streams on their store pages, with more than 35 developers providing playable demos, 18 of which are being debuted for the first time during LNC!
LudoNarraCon 2023 Live Panels
This year will see a selection of live panels streamed on the main ‘theatre’ stage on Steam and include discussions with Sam Barlow, Tanya X Short and Xalavier Nelson Jr. A detailed list of panels is available here.
LudoNarraCon 2023 Fireside Chats
Also streaming on the main ‘theatre’ stage is a series of casual fireside chats featuring powerhouse names from the indie narrative scene including Felice Tzehuei Kuan, Scott Chen and Ron Gilbert!
LudoNarraCon 2023 Summary
With over 40 game exhibitors, a host of different talks and panels from industry leaders discussing game development and over 30 free, playable demos on offer over the course of the event, LudoNarraCon 2023 is sure to be both fun and informative. If previous years are anything to go by, this is sure to be a must-attend event for both fans and creators of narrative-driven games.
You might also like to take a look at our coverage of the start of LudoNarraCon in previous years:
LudoNarraCon 2019 – LudoNarraCon 2020
LudoNarraCon 2021 – LudoNarraCon 2022