ALW251 - Writing for Games: Designing Quests and Characters


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online

From 2025:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including, 1 x 2-hour seminar per week or equivalent


This unit invites students to explore how gaming culture involves the telling of stories in both ancient and innovative ways. What is the role of the writer in creating narrative games? What are the new constraints and opportunities presented to writers or storytellers by digital narratives? Learning about the narrative pattern of the fantasy quest and the enduring importance of character, students will explore various fantasy narrative games to identify how the quest and characterisation play structural roles. They will also use basic software to design their own quest narrative, working in teams to develop an appreciation of the cross-modal and collaborative practice of games writers. (No coding experience necessary.) 

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