And She Games

Article from And She Games, a gaming site that encourages young girls and women to play board games and video games.

Over at And She Games, we want to show that anyone can game, and that us women are gamers too. That it is cool for women to game, and that there are many of us out there who do so.

My friends over at One More Story Games realized this on their own (as they are very smart people).  They also realized that the beauty of starting your own gaming company is you can do it anywhere. Sure Barrie, Ontario isn’t known for being a hub of gaming, but if you are doing something different, like making games with the idea that women need better gaming options than just Candy Crush, then  why not do that in an unusual area too.

Jean and Blair have received a positive reception to their platform that is is building smarter storytelling-focused casual games.  They have been recruiting emerging and established authors to develop game content with OMSG’s authoring software StoryStylus to publish interactive story games

And today they have secured a huge name Charlaine Harris! They will be adapting Charlaine’s novel “Shakespeare’s Landlord” into an interactive story game.   This means not only can you read it, but you can play it!!  Wish you could talk to the characters? Now you can!

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Nerdy But Flirty Interview

Kelsey from Nerdy but Flirty interviews our COO Jean Leggett

I recently had the opportunity to interview Jean Leggett, COO of One More Story Games, about the company and an exciting new development! They’ll be adapting Charlaine Harris’s novel Shakespeare’s Landlord into an interactive story game using their StoryStylus tool.

“Shakespeare’s Landlord is the first novel in a five-part series featuring Lily Bard, a tough and complicated woman who is determined to hide her nightmarish past from her small town neighbors. After stumbling across a body being dumped in a park late at night, Lily embarks on a journey to find the killer, as well as the reason they’re trying to frame her for the murder.”

Kelsey: How did the idea for One More Story Games come about?
Jean: The idea for One More Story Games (OMSG) came from my husband Blair Leggett, our CEO. He’d been in the games industry for over 15 years with companies like Electronic Arts and Zynga as a software engineer. In that time, he noticed quite a few games where story was not the priority and wanted to create something lasting that would bring characters to life and focus on storytelling.

The #1 reason people buy games is for the story/concept (Entertainment Software Association, Essential Facts 2015). At OMSG, we’re passionate about storytelling in games, and most importantly, we’re passionate about writers getting paid for their craft. This lead to building our game creation and publishing engine StoryStylus. It was built for new and veteran writers to create and publish story games.

Kelsey: What’s your favorite game that’s been made through OMSG?
Jean: I really love Hard Vacuum Lullaby. It’s our most recent release and uses a lot of the features we added to the engine this past fall. I love the soundtrack and sound effects. I love exploring the ship. I love that it’s a great story game that can be played in 30 minutes.

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Announcing #1 NYT Author Charlaine Harris

One More Story Games is pleased to announce that we are working with #1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris to adapt her novel Shakespeare’s Landlord into an interactive story game due for release in early 2017.

Shakespeare’s Landlord is the first novel in a five-part series featuring Lily Bard, a tough and complicated woman who is determined to hide her nightmarish past from her small town neighbors. After stumbling across a body being dumped in a park late at night, Lily embarks on a journey to find the killer, as well as the reason they’re trying to frame her for the murder.

One More Story Games is developing Shakespeare’s Landlord using its proprietary software, StoryStylus, designed for emerging and established writers to create and publish interactive story games reminiscent of the Choose Your Own Adventure series of books. Follow the story game development at www.lilybard.com, and watch the transformation from book into living, breathing interactive world.

Charlaine Harris is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, best known for her Sookie Stackhouse novels that were adapted by HBO into the True Blood television series. Ms. Harris’s novels have sold over 36 million copies worldwide. In 1996, she released the first of the dark Shakespeare mysteries, featuring Lily Bard, a karate student who makes her living cleaning houses. Her most recent series, Midnight, Texas, has been picked up for pilot by NBC, and her Aurora Teagarden series is currently a TV movie series on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Read more at www.charlaineharris.com.

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