21 March 2019

Author Neil Gaiman narrates Abertay student videogame

Author Neil Gaiman narrates Abertay student videogame

A group photo of Team Ghost Camp in the Centre for Excellence

A team of games students at Abertay University have pulled off a massive coup by enlisting world-famous author Neil Gaiman as narrator for their student project videogame.

Team Ghost Camp - made up of third year students Thomas Mackinnon, Carla Begg, Claire McDonald, Allanna Maitland, Sam Flint, Oli Lerigo-Smith, and Lewis Thomson – wanted to produce a ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ game with a twist.

Tales of Treachery sees players team up, using their phones as controllers, to dictate how the story pans out.

However, one player is secretly a traitor, who aims to lead the other players down the wrong path.

ToT game promo

Word of the party game reached Neil Gaiman through Douglas Mackinnon, father of team lead Thomas, who is Director for the American Gods writer’s new Amazon Prime television series Good Omens (starring A-listers David Tennant and Michael Sheen).

The author was so impressed by their creativity that when asked to act as narrator, he happily obliged.

Thomas said: “Neil thought the game sounded cool, and we thought there was no better person to voice the introduction than the master of storytelling himself.

“He really fit what we’re trying to do – a game that’s about creating your own story that you can enjoy with your friends - and having such a big name involved is really exciting for us.”

“We’re making a game we’re really proud of and Neil’s involvement has put more eyes on the project. I’m really grateful for his participation.”

Students talking to the author Neil Gaiman

When Ghost Camp posted their first trailer for the game on Twitter, Neil’s involvement helped the video go viral as it picked up more than 31,000 views in less than 48 hours.

Thomas added: “The online reaction to Tales of Treachery has been amazing. People say they love the idea, and are just really wanting to play the game.”

“We’ve even had offers from people who want to come in and work on the game!”

Abertay lecturer Yann Seznec, who mentored the team during the project, said: “If the team had been working on a more standard project or a game that wasn’t about such rich storytelling, even with all the connections in the world it’s very unlikely someone like Neil would have got involved.”

“The game as a concept really matches what he’s all about, and I think that’s why it works so well. It’s a real testament to this team and their creativity.”

You can watch the trailer for Tales of Treachery here: https://twitter.com/teamGhostCamp/status/1097194958925250560

For more information on Abertay University’s computer games courses visit: https://www.abertay.ac.uk/schools/school-of-design-and-informatics/computer-games-courses/

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