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What style of story

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After reading much of this board, and especially the points raised from Mr. Freeze's list of recommendations: http://www.telltalegames.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22991 It's become clear that there are a few differing opinions about when King's Quest was really in it's stride, story wise. In order to get a approximation of what the majority of us want, I tried to encapsulate the main options in a poll; hopefully it works alright, giving how many variables there are in story creation.

In detail (since the poll can't handle more then 100 characters each):

In terms of story, character and tone, what do you see as the style the series should maintain?

Option 1. This series has strayed from it's path many entries ago, it's not meant to be more then
simple fairy tale, nursery rhyme and mythological characters brought to life with other
purely archetypal heroes and villains as seen in KQ1 and KQ4. Story and dialogue don't
need to be dwelled upon longer then is needed to set up good atmosphere and puzzles.

Option 2. Jane Jenson was on the right track, stories like KQ6, KQ7 and KQ2+ are the plateau of
perfection for the series. Each land we explore should have political intrigue, dark drama
and deeply passionate yet still archetypal characters. Mythology is still there, but we go
into it a little deeper. Ideas like the Black Cloak society are nice because they explore
connection and reason between the games (and not getting carried away with it).

Option 3. Give it the world changing epicness of Lord of the Rings, combined with the complex
interconnectedness of Harry Potter (provided you can write so well). Many old
characters return and classical myth is still drawn from, but now it's time to analyze who
these people are in black, white and gray. Expect to be shocked! (The Silver Lining)

Option 4. Give it a mixture between options 1 and 2 (clarify)

Option 5. Give it a mixture between options 2 and 3 (clarify)

Option 6. Something else which this poll fails to cover (definitely clarify)

P.S. To be clear, even though I mention titles in the poll, this isn't about what game is best directly, rather what type of story-telling. If someone can think of a better way to present this without it being really cluttered, please feel free!
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  • Ribs;457120 said:
    Yes, Fables will be a much more realistic approach to Fairy Tales, but it's still fairy tales nonetheless.
    Yes, Gromit will be a very different approach to intelligent four-legged non-himan mamals that walk on two legs, but it's still intelligent four-legged non-himan mamals that walk on two legs. Gromit needs to be cut.
  • I'm voting a combination between a colorful fairy tale adventure like KQ1, with the mystery, intrigue, and character development of KQ6. I think that combination is what made KQ2+ work.
  • I think, given Telltale's track record, that it's safe to say that this new King's Quest will be more story-driven than ever before. Now, the question is, what TONE should that story take? Will they be able to maintain the light-hearted charm of the original (pre-KQ6) series? Or will they delve off the deep end into emo-teenage-menstruation land like TSL? What type of dialog will we see? Contemporary vernacular? Or the old English (more or less) style that permeated some of Sierra's Quest spin-off games (the Hoyle series, for example.) I wonder about these things.
  • Lambonius;457153 said:
    What type of dialog will we see? Contemporary vernacular? Or the old English...
    Old English like in MOE? As much as I appreciate MOE for what it is, that was kind of a bother to hear all the time. I'd rather have contemporary vernacular.
  • While 6 is my fav in the series overall, I feel that 5 had the best story. That would be what Telltale should shoot for.
  • MusicallyInspired;457046 said:
    Yeah, KQ5's style is perfect. KQ6 was a nice add-on to that style with some deeper romance writing, but KQ5's style is the pinnacle in my opinion.
    This. apart from that I like KQ7 and I really like what I have seen of TSL until now. (started the first episode this week)
  • This. apart from that I like KQ7 and I really like what I have seen of TSL until now. (started the first episode this week)
    Whenever you have the chance, you should watch these YouTube videos which were entries for a comedy contest that took place last year in July. There's more information about it here. http://www.postudios.com/blog/?paged=9
    You'll have to scroll down towards the bottom of the page to see it.

    My favorite is this one because it's like a silent movie, and it has Cedric in it too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEUm7TqiD_w

    This one is a poem that's all about mints. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpVTYj3Kjdc

    This one isn't that funny because this is the original opening with the music being altered when Alexander starts feeling dizzy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLHD42AY2yI

    This one explains why Alex felt so weak. He was smoking pot and was in need of V8 juice because of the lack of vegetables in his diet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFjFWhvIsIc

    This one is just the opening scene with the narration from the actual gameplay in the background. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHnQro9FyFA&feature=related

    I haven't seen this one. It's basically a lecture about the F-word. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB45YJTa3Gw

    There was another one that's no longer available. It basically had a lot of toilet humor in it.
  • MusicallyInspired;457182 said:
    Old English like in MOE? As much as I appreciate MOE for what it is, that was kind of a bother to hear all the time. I'd rather have contemporary vernacular.
    My brother and I developed a running joke about Conor's "Shakespearean speech impediment". After the other games featured relatively commonplace contemporary dialogue, we couldn't help but laugh at Conor's first outburst of "Whence came this foul tempest?!"
  • "Whither does it fly?"
    "'Tis beyond my reach!!"
    "'Tis empteh."

    lol
  • The poll is pretty even... TTG has their work cut out for them.... DON'T SCREW UP!
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