What is it?
LudoNarraCon is a digital convention that’s hosted on Steam in association with Fellow Traveller, an indie game label that focuses on innovative ways to tell narrative driven stories. The event began on Friday, May 10, 2019 and will run to Monday, May 13, 2019. This is the first event of its kind, allowing time with developers, publishers, and demos in an accessible format.
Streams of the panels are free to watch without being logged into a Steam account, and the full schedule is available on the LudoNarraCon website. Panels include topics combining storytelling with romance, death, writing for short games, and procedural generation. The panels will be live from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM PDT time which exhibitors on their store pages being live from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM PDT. The panels will then loop throughout the weekend and be available to watch once uploaded. So, if you can’t make it live, don’t fret too much, because you’ll have another opportunity!
Who will be there?
Developers from highly acclaimed indie studios such as Weather Factory and Kitfox games who have made Cultist Simulator and Boyfriend Dungeon, respectively, as well as the creator of Dwarf Fortress.
Did someone say Sale?
In conjunction with the convention, there is a large sale for games that have a focus on storytelling. Many larger indie titles such as Orwell (review here), Sunless Skies, Thimbleweed Park, Cultist Simulator, Oxenfree, What Remains of Edith Finch, and many, many more are included in the sale! Be sure to check it out if you enjoy some of these titles and want others like them.
This is an amazing event that celebrates the importance of stories in the medium of video games and how to iterate upon that technology. It is a wonderful thing that Fellow Traveller has done, and I hope to see more opportunities like this made available.
If you were able to catch one of the panels, please leave your thoughts below!