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Judi Alston Dreaming Methods

Stellar line-up confirmed for first Game Republic event of 2024

Some future-gazing from Chris Dring, a presentation about the latest opportunities for developers from Ben Board at Epic Games and a panel on narrative design with a fantastic line-up including Rhianna Pratchett, Paul Cornell (Doctor Who / Marvel), Charles Cecil (Revolution) and Judi Alston (Dreaming Methods) hosted by Dr Jackie Mulligan will launch the Game Republic events programme for 2024. The event will also include an announcement of the Game Republic Official Partners for 2024.

MD of Game Republic Jamie Sefton said “After an amazing 2023 year of events, we wanted to start 2024 with a bang and this event fits the bill. Looking at trends in the industry to opportunities developers can consider for the year ahead, and providing insights from leading story-tellers in games, TV and books – we hope this provides a suitably inspiring start to the year”

The event which is being sponsored by Revolution Software will take place at Barclays Eagle Labs Avenue HQ in Leeds and as well as enjoying insights from the speakers, there will be networking and drinks at the event which runs from 4 until 7.30pm as well as a chance to try out the immersive and award-winning Abandoned Library. Nearly half the tickets have gone for this event which is available for free to Game Republic members.

Rhianna Pratchett – There are few entertainment fields that Rhianna Pratchett hasn’t written for. In her award-winning work for games, she’s help craft titles such as Heavenly SwordMirror’s Edge, the Overlord series, Tomb RaiderRise of the Tomb Raider, and Lost Words: Beyond the Page.  In the world of comics, Rhianna has written for DC, Dark Horse and Marvel, whilst her film and TV projects include collaborations with Film4, New Regency, Complete Fiction and The Jim Henson Company.  Most recently, Rhianna wrote the Fighting Fantasy novel Crystal of Storms and co-authored Campaigns & Companions: The Complete Roleplaying Guide for Pets.  She is also co-director of Narrativia, the multi-media production company which controls the rights to the works of Sir Terry Pratchett. October 2023 will see the release of Tiffany Aching’s Guide to Being a Witch (co-written with Gabrielle Kent) which marks Rhianna’s first foray into writing within the Discworld universe.  She lives in London with an Italian and three cats.

Paul Cornell has written episodes of Elementary, Doctor Who (‘Father’s Day’ and ‘Human Nature’), Primeval, Robin Hood and many other TV series, including his own ITV children’s
show, Wavelength. He’s worked for every major comics company, including his creator-owned series I Walk With Monsters for The Vault, The Modern Frankenstein for Magma,
Saucer Country for Vertigo and This Damned Band for Dark Horse, and runs for Marvel and DC on Batman and Robin, Wolverine and Young Avengers. He’s the writer of the Lychford
rural fantasy novellas from Publishing. He’s won the BSFA Award for his short fiction, an Eagle Award for his comics, a Hugo Award for his podcast and shares in a
Writer’s Guild Award for his Doctor Who and the Grand Prix Nova and Scribe awards for the audio series Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Firewall. He’s the co-host of Hammer House of
Podcast. His latest book is the SF novella Rosebud, his latest graphic novel is The Witches of World War II for TKO and his latest comic series is Con and On for Ahoy. He’s written
games material for 3Mind and

Judi Alston is the Co-Director and Creative Producer of Dreaming Methods a Wakefield based multi award winning studio that creates immersive and compelling fictional experiences through XR, and games, with a strong focus on reimagining writing and literacy. Dreaming Methods current project, The Abandoned Library recently won the Game Republic Award for “Most Innovative Use of Technology” and was officially selected for Bolton International and Aesthetica Film Festivals. Judi is also the Founder and CEO of arts organisation and registered charity One to One Development Trust who use film, game design, XR and other creative approaches to work with communities, increasing opportunities and aspiration, breaking down barriers and inspiring positive change Judi has a long track record as a documentary film maker with broadcast credits as a camera person, director, producer and editor. Her career spans many changes in technology from analogue to digital but she embraces it all with an unwavering passion for authenticity, good stories and meaningful audience/user engagement.

Charles Cecil, founder and Managing Director of Revolution Software, Charles has been a key figure in the Interactive Entertainment industry for 40 years beginning his career in the 1980s at Artic Computing in Hull before forming Revolution Software with Tony Warriner and Noirin Carmody. In 2023, Charles with business and life partner Noirin Carmody was awarded Games Legend status in the 20th Anniversary Game Republic Awards. For his work in the video game industry, he received the title Member of the British Empire (MBE) on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2011. Charles most notable game credits include Broken Sword and Beyond A Steel Sky.

The Narrative Design and Trends Forecast event is being sponsored by Revolution.

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