Script Frenzy

Double Jump Kris MiiI hope everyone is doing well this November! It’s a busy month for our family, with my nephew’s baptism, house parties, church events and, of course, Thanksgiving right around the corner.

Of course, with November comes NaNoWriMo!

Rachel and I participate in every NaNoWriMo session during the year. Camp NaNoWriMo is every April and July, while the official NaNo is in November. The original goal is to write 50k words of a new novel in 30 days, but the camp sessions are definitely more lenient and there are plenty of “rebels” who create their own word counts or do different projects.

Before April was a Camp NaNo, it used to be called Script Frenzy, and the goal was to write 100 pages of a script in the month. The script could be anything, like a play, a movie, a comic… or a video game.

Years ago, I had actually attempted to create a Pokemon fancomic during Script Frenzy, but I started wondering how it would be to create a video game script. Besides dialogue and directions, are all the battle strategies laid out in the script? What about branching choices? Or is it mainly laid out with the story, with perhaps “stage directions” indicating where the story and characters can take the adventure next? Are the visuals and concept art created before, after, or with the script?

Obviously, it takes tons of work, a team, to create a video game, but it just blew my mind when I was mulling on all of this.

Have you ever attempted — perhaps succeeded — in writing a video game script? Would you ever try to write one?