James Wallis levels with you

So what have you been working on, James?

I’ve been working on quite a lot, thanks for asking.

My current major project is publicity for the forthcoming Crime Scene game for the Office of Criminal Justice Reform. I designed the game last year, and it’s due to go live in early March. Right now I am writing five blogs for five in-game characters, which interweave to create an ongoing narrative that sets up the game’s back-story. The blogs are here,
and here.

I’m working on a revised edition of my game The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen (Hogshead, 1998) as well as Dragon Warriors (Dave Morris/Oliver Johnson; Corgi, 1986), and the first edition of my much-delayed D&D-parody Frup, originally due to be released in 1995, for my new imprint Magnum Opus Press.

Those unable to wait for the revised, expanded Munchausen can find the original game reprinted in Second Person (MIT Press, 2007), along with a paper by me on story-making games, and much more good stuff on the subject of roleplay and storytelling in games.

Plus some stuff I can’t talk about yet.

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  1. Jonny Nexus says:

    Wow! That Crime Scene stuff looks seriously cool. Having what look like real blogs gives it an almost disturbing feel of reality in a “Is anything real?” sort of way.

  2. james says:

    Yeah, they’ve been a lot of fun to write, and it’s a really interesting way to tell a story. Those who are used to analysing narrative will be able to guess which characters will play a major part in the game, but I’m not going to spoil anything by giving it away here. It’s nice to know that a government department isn’t afraid to put money into something a bit experimental like this.

    (Credit where it’s due: the Crime Scene game itself was developed by Endemol Digital, for whom I wrote it. The blogs–and the publicity campaign behind it–were commissioned directly by the Office of Criminal Justice Reform.)

  3. Bryant says:

    Well, this is good news.

    And Crime Scene looks interesting. Heh, the naive blog with differing typefaces between entries is spot-on.

  4. Peter says:

    So much shameless plugging, I just have to buy a copy now ;-p

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