Development of Gunter Schmidt’s Story

Hello Everyone,

After watching the beginning of the multiple game today, we had many examples of which was to and not to present our background information to the player of our game. We thought that the beginning of The Walking Dead game was an interesting, suspenseful, and interactive way to give background on the main character and the situation that he is in. We also liked the Indiana Jones beginning. The game had a funny and clever way of beginning the game while setting up the plot for the game: catching the Nazi spy that was confronted at the end of the opening scene. It had me interested in playing more of the game, especially since I like the Indiana Jones series. We took these two introductions into consideration when forming our introduction. We agreed to open the game with Gunter at his father’s funeral. Attending the funeral are many fellow Nazi generals that worked with Gunter’s father over the past years. One specific man that is present at the funeral is General Erwin Rommel, who is famously know as being a part of Operation Valkyrie. Rommel comes to speak to Gunter initially to offer his condolences but then brings up the topic of a secret mission Rommel and his father were plotting. He does not go into detail of the mission that he mentions which allows for us to keep the mission a secret but also plant a bug in the player’s mind about a possibility in the future.

Rommel also addresses Gunter about replacing his father in the Nazi ranks. The first decision by the player is whether to accept the proposition or deny it. If Gunter accepts the position, then he will go directly into command of a section of the Nazi forces. When Gunter arrives at Nazi Headquarters for the first time, Rommel is there to greet him and invites him into Rommel’s office. Rommel then explains the mission Gunter’s father and Rommel were working on. The mission is the Operation Valkyrie. Gunter is then faced with the most important decision of the game:whether or not to help with the operation and kill Hitler or momentarily deny the proposition and ask for more time to answer the enormous question.  If Gunter denies the promotion, then he will go into the army as a regular soldier that will be send around the world to fight for Nazi Germany. Gunter will then be sent to Africa and will be under Rommel’s command. He will have a coincidental run in with Rommel and the two will have a similar conversation as the other route. This route does offer a firm yes or a firm no as possible answers instead of a request for more time.

After coming up with the beginning our story, we began to start more specific research on the different routes that the characters could take. One specific aspect we are beginning to look more deeply into in the Operation Valkyrie. We have checked out multiple books from the library that offer different sides of the mission and are planning to watch the movie tomorrow night to provide some visual inspiration. We are also looking into the conflicts that Rommel was a part of in Africa and how we could accurately portray a common soldier’s life in Africa, making him want a way out which would be presented by Rommel.

The work that we did in class today set us up well for the next couple days in developing our different storylines. We are in a good position and are looking forward to finishing out our rough storylines by the end of the week!

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