John Ingold

#306 A Highland Song with Jon Ingold

Design Talk


Dirk and David are joined by Jon Ingold, narrative designer and co-founder of Inkle Studios. They discuss Inkle’s newly released video game A Highland Song, centered around exploration, discovery, and engaging the human form within nature. They discuss the mechanics around rewarding and incentivizing players in an exploration game, ways to hide the quantum ogre, and how to utilize elements of randomness within a story-driven experience.

Episode Outline

0:00 Beginning of Show

1:02 End of Intro

1:17 A Highland Song

6:28 Rewarding Players with Exploration

15:06 Hiding the Quantum Ogre

25:44 Mechanics that Got Cut?

39:31 Special Solutions

46:45 Advice for Listeners

56:26 Outro

57:29 End of Show

In this Episode

John Ingold - @JonIngold, @inklestudios
David V. Heron - @davidvheron
Dirk Knemeyer - @DKnemeyer

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