Narrative Game Design

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  • RenPy

    The Ren'Py Visual Novel Engine

    And RenPy is basically an engine in itself, for making visual-novel style games, and has an excellent scripting language for laying out branching dialogs and logic.

  • ink

    inkle's open source scripting language for writing interactive narrative. (by inkle)

    Otherwise, Inkle is also quite good. (and people have made players for it in Unreal and Unity, so it's not hard to attach to existing game projects.) I don't think it has the nifty visual flowchart though, if that's a piece you care about.

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  • twinejs

    Twine, a tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories

    Personally, I'd suggest twine. It's free, super-easy to get started in, and has a nice visual flowchart editor for the story structure. It also supports as much branching and conditional logic as you want to throw at it, exports to HTML files, and you don't even have to install it - you can just go right over to and start playing around with the editor in your web browser.

  • godot_dialogue_manager

    A powerful nonlinear dialogue system for Godot

    If you are using Unreal, I'd go with it's very powerful yet simple. For Godot, I'd use

  • is a JavaScript, client-side editor for general diagramming and whiteboarding

    Never heard of Backlight Gem, sounds like a flashlight up your ass... Use this, it's free:

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