LudoNarraCon 2024 Starts Today: Celebrating Storytelling in Games!

LudoNarraCon 2024 - Key Art

“By reading narrative, we escape the anxiety that attacks us when we try to say something true about the world. This is the consoling function of narrative — the reason people tell stories …” – Umberto Eco

What is LudoNarraCon 2024?

LudoNarraCon 2024 (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 who 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 9th – 13th May 2024.

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 2024 Festivities will include:

● A selection of 50+ games showcasing behind-the-scenes content on their Steam store pages
● 40 demos will be available to download and play during the digital festival – some available for the first time!
● 17 hours of panel discussions and fireside chats with industry leaders live on the ‘main theatre’ stream.
● Over 170 narrative games will be available in a special LudoNarraCon sale.

LNC 24 Logo

LudoNarraCon 2024 Exhibitors

During the digital festival, the 50 exhibiting narrative games will give behind-the-scenes insights via live streams on their store pages, with more than 40 playable demos, many of which are being debuted for the first time during LNC!

LNC 2024 Official Selection

Live Panels

This year will see a selection of live panels streamed on the main ‘theatre’ stage on Steam and include discussions with Gareth Damian Martin, Wren Brier, and Josh Eckhart.

A detailed list of panels is available here.

LNC 24 Panel - magic in the mundane
Magic in the Mundane: How Wholesome Narratives Let us Reimagine Our World
LNC 24 Panel - Balancing Storytelling in Games With Player Choice
Balancing Storytelling in Games with Player Choice
LNC 24 Panel - difficult decisions
Difficult Decision and Moral Quagmires – Player Choice in Narrative Games
LNC 24 Panel - Harmonizing Narrative and Gameplay
The Challenge of Harmonizing Narrative and Gameplay in Game Development
LNC 24 Panel - Story and Music
Exploring the Intersection Between Story and Music
LNC 24 Panel - Defining Choice in Branching Narratives
Defining Choice in Branching Narratives
LNC 24 Panel - Tension between story and gameplay
The Ongoing Tension Between Story and Gameplay
LNC 24 Panel - Show your scripts
Show Your Scripts! How Narrative Design Shapes Story
LNC 24 Panel - combat design
Meaningful Combat Design in Action Games
LNC 24 Panel - alternate realities
Exploring Alternate Realities in Games to Question Real-World Perspectives

Fireside Chats

Also streaming on the main ‘theatre’ stage is a series of casual fireside chats featuring influential figures from the narrative game scene including Kate Gray, Jon Ingold, and Tony Howard-Arias.

LNC 24 - Fireside Chat - Cassandra and Jacob
Cassandra Khaw and Jacob Burgess
LNC 24 - Fireside Chat - Jill and Kate
Jill Murray and Kate Gray
LNC 24 - Fireside Chat - jon and Katharine
Jon Ingold and Katherine Castle
LNC 24 - Fireside Chat - Jordi and Patrick
Jordi De Paco and Patrick Klepek
LNC 24 - Fireside Chat - Tony and Meredith
Tony Howard-Arias and Meredith Gran
LNC 24 - Fireside Chat - Xalavier and Rob
Xavier Nelson Jr. and Rob Zacny

LudoNarraCon2024 Schedule

The aforementioned live panels and fireside chats will be streamed according to the schedule below. There’s no need to worry about missing anything, however, as they will then be repeated for the duration of LudoNarraCon 2024!

LudoNarraCon 2024 Panels and Fireside Chats

LudoNarraCon 2024 Summary

With over 50 game exhibitors, 6 fireside talks and 10 panels from industry leaders discussing game development, and 40 free, playable demos on offer over the course of the event, LudoNarraCon 2024 is sure to be both fun and informative. If previous years are anything to go by, this is without a doubt 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:
2019 – 2020 – 2021 – 20222023

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