Take your story.
Learn from the games industry.
Make it interactive.
Publish it and share.

This project

ELEVATE is Lambeth’s mission to open up the creative and cultural sector to every young person in the borough. Are you aged 14-19? Do you live, work or study in Lambeth? If so, get involved.

We are Game Anglia, a Community Interest Company. We connect young people to the games industry and share the skills necessary to access and thrive in it. With ELEVATE and industry experts we’ve created an all-in-one interactive storytelling kit. Enter your details below and you’ll go on to learn how to tell a story, make it interactive, take part in a game jam and then publish your game in an online gallery.

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The Team

Publishing a Game On Itch and Other Misdemeanours

18:00 - 19:00

Sam Machell's talk will go through Sand Gardiners's experience with publishing games on the Itch.io platform. Join the event on Eventbrite.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Feedback

18:00 - 19:00

Game developers Mark Ogilvie and Laura Dilloway will show you how they go about giving and receiving feedback for their games. Learn from them by joining the event on Eventbrite.

How to Write for Games

18:00 - 19:00

In this ELEVATE by Game Anglia talk, Samantha Webb and Olivia Wood will talk to us about the skills needed to write for a game, and how to get started when you want a career in narrative game writing. Join the Event on Eventbrite.

Interactive Storytelling in a Games Studio - Salix Games

18:00 - 19:00

Mark Backler of Sketchbook Games will tell us more about how a games studio uses the medium of interactive storytelling and take questions. Join the Event on Eventbrite.

Kits launch!

Launch of the storytelling kits. From here on out, you will be able to download and use them to make games, forever!

Using Twine to Tell my Story

18:00 - 19:00

Learn to use the Twine ELEVATE kit with Maz Hemming and Di McDonald. Join the Event on Eventbrite.

Using Charisma AI to Tell my Story

18:00 - 19:00

Learn to use the Twine ELEVATE kit with Lead Writer Rianna Dearden. Join the Event on Eventbrite.

Using Ink to Tell my Story

18:00 - 19:00

Learn to use the Ink ELEVATE kit with Senior Developer and Designer Tom Kail. Join the Event on Eventbrite.

Using MakeCode Arcade to Tell my Story

18:00 - 19:00

Learn to use the Microsoft MakeCode Arcade ELEVATE kit with Chris Filip. Join the Event on Eventbrite.

Story Jam

On your own, or together with a team, make an interactive story using the kits. Submit it by 22nd February on Itch.io!

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Skills you will gain

Tell a story

This is it, first and foremost. You will learn the ins and outs of telling a story and captivating your audience. All, with a focus on interactivity.

Play and give feedback

Express your ideas and improve your communication skills. It’s important to give and receive meaningful feedback. 

Add interactivity

You don’t need to be a programmer to make an interactive story. On this page, you will have access to templates you can use to make your own interactive stories. If you want to add more logic and delve into programming, our community will support you with advice and resources. 

The Plan

Webinars

We will be holding 4 webinars to help you take the best from our network of professionals. With themes such as “How to Tell a Story”, “How to Use Tech to Make Your Story Interactive”, “How to Publish Your Game” and “How to Play Someone Else’s Game and Give Feedback”, the webinars will be all you need to make your story interactive.

Digital Community

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join our digital community – The Game Anglia Network – on Discord. It’s a community of 200+ game students and developers who help each other, share opportunities and best practices. And that’s where we will coordinate for the Story Jam at the end. 

Game-making kit

Anyone who wants to make an interactive story should be able to – and we will make sure of it. Our experts are putting together a number of game development kits – download-and-make – to allow you to make your story interactive. More details coming soon. 

The Story Jam

The culmination of this project will be a weekend story jam. Set for mid-February, every participant will use the knowledge they will have gained – from the workshops, from the community and from interacting with the game development kits – to make a game. 

We will support you along the way – our team has been organising similar game jams for over 5 years. This will be your chance to put everything into practice and make your story shine. 

All the stories will be collated into a digital archive on the itch.io website for folks to see, play and share, and the best interactive stories made will be awarded. 

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