Narrative Designer

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Posted
July 20, 2021
Full Time
Anywhere
Remote

Fire Hose Games is looking for an experienced Narrative Designer to join the team on our latest game. This is a console + PC release featuring new and unannounced IP, and the ideal candidate will be familiar with (and excited about) factory/automation games.

As Narrative Designer you’ll be responsible for telling an intriguing science fiction story through the game’s world and characters. We have some big-picture building blocks already, and we’ll need you to fill in the details and story beats. You’ll work closely with artists, engineers, and other designers to weave narrative into the player experience. Great design skills will be as important as good writing, and the ideal candidate will have experience telling stories through both text and other media.

Our team is currently remote, so great communication and organizational skills are a must. Successful candidates must be able to work fully in sync with a team based in the U.S. Eastern time zone. Preference may be given to candidates in the greater Boston area, or who are willing to relocate.

If you’re excited about helping us deliver our most ambitious project yet, then we’re eager to hear from you!

Responsibilities

  • Craft a storyline that draws the player from start to finish, but without ever standing in the way. The player should want to uncover more, but never feel forced to.
  • Take the lead in worldbuilding for a brand new game IP.
  • Serve as the lead writer for all in-game text, from tone-appropriate menu and quest descriptions through to story and flavor.  
  • Use environmental and atmospheric storytelling to deliver narrative in a way that feels natural and unobtrusive, and piques the player’s curiosity.
  • Work closely with artists, engineers, and other designers to weave narrative into the game’s progression.
  • Maintain an agile approach to both narrative and overall design, iterating regularly in response to user feedback, and adjusting narrative as necessary to accommodate larger pivots.
  • Partner with artists and designers to help craft the look and feel of the UI, environment, and characters.
  • Create and maintain all necessary documentation to support the game’s narrative content and delivery. This could include everything from wireframes to storyboards to user flows to VO scripts.

Qualifications

  • 3+ years of professional experience in crafting narratives for commercial video games, with at least one title shipped in a narrative design role.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Deep understanding of narrative design and storytelling methods that support player freedom and agency.
  • Comfortable working closely with other disciplines, and shepherding/refining good ideas regardless of where they originate.
  • Proven ability to communicate narrative through visual and environmental storytelling, as well as text.

Preferences

  • Experience with Jira/Confluence/Atlassian suite.
  • Familiarity with factory/automation games.
  • Familiarity with non-narrative aspects of game design.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

About Us

Fire Hose Games is the Boston-based (temporarily remote) independent game development studio behind titles such as Go Home Dinosaurs, Catlateral Damage, and 20XX. We pay good salaries and our generous benefits package includes health care, dental, unlimited vacation/sick time, 401(k) with matching, excellent maternity/paternity leave, flexible work hours, and relocation reimbursement. Fire Hose hasn’t crunched in years and we don’t intend to start. Our company culture is inclusive, supportive, and fun. We strongly encourage applicants with diverse backgrounds and voices to apply, and consider relevant experience in all its forms. We hope to hear from you!

We're hiring a producer as well as game, level, and narrative designers. You can view (and share) all of our current openings here.

A Few of Our Games

Prevent hordes of marauding dinos from crashing your party in the world’s premier BBQ defense simulator, Go Home Dinosaurs! Lead your gopher army into BBQ-protecting-battle; Build your battlefield using puzzle piece shaped weapons. Unlock and discover new weapons as you continue to keep those dinos at bay! Enjoy bite-sized levels with family friendly graphics in Go Home, Dinosaurs.

Catlateral Damage: Remeowstered is the definitive edition of your favorite destructive cat simulator, where you play as an ordinary cat on a rampage and do all that fun stuff your owner hates. Run around the house, topple neatly organized books, shatter vases, meow at nothing, tear up curtains, nap in obscure places, and more!


20XX is a co-op-friendly roguelike that plays like Mega Man X. Explore procedurally generated levels, collect new weapons and abilities, purchase upgrades, and battle mighty bosses in the name of saving the human race maybe!

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