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Create, organize and communicate your game vision. Welcome to the first professional game design tool, articy:draft. You can now create interactive stories, characters, objects and locations in one highly visual and versatile game design tool.
Release Date: Feb 27, 2013
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“The sheer power of articy:draft has enormous capabilities for our games and we're super excited to make ANYTHING easier in our development pipeline!”
Paul Trowe, Replay Games

“With articy:draft I manage to stay on top of the complex stories I work on. It's the ideal tool for interactive storytelling. I wouldn't start a project without it anymore.”
Mattias Filler, Story Writer, Gothic series, Risen and Risen 2

“Congratulations for such an amazing product! articy:draft really rocks. It instantly hit me after I tried out the trial for about 30 minutes.”
Alexander Grunert, Lead Designer, A Crowd Apart

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About the Software

Create, organize and communicate your game vision.

Welcome to the first professional game design tool, articy:draft.

You can now create interactive stories, characters, objects and locations in one highly visual and versatile game design tool. With a strong focus on non-linear storytelling, articy:draft makes writing for games blindingly easy. Build branching story or dialogue flows and at the same time manage dramaturgy and player experience. You can create mission trees, game state graphs, and skill or tech trees with our unique flow editor. articy:draft also allows planning your levels and game worlds, designing all the objects in your game and even export the data for further use.

articy:draft SE is the single-user version of articy:draft and features everything from the professional single-user application (v1.5), so you too can benefit largely from the integrated workflow and asset management functionalities. articy:draft is the breakthrough tool for game design, drastically increasing efficiency and a joy to use throughout the entire production. The SE version is for non-commercial use only, unless you upgrade to the commercial license.

We ask you to upgrade to the full version of articy:draft some time after the release of your game. Once revenues are coming in, your rent is paid and family fed, we ask you to help pay our rent and feed our families. We count on your fairness to find the right time to upgrade. Just buy the upgrade here on Steam when you're ready.

Key Features:

  • Dare to branch out: Manage complexity in non-linear story structures with choices.
  • Write exciting dialogue: Write screenplay-like dialogue scripts and convert them into branching structures.
  • Experience your game early: "Play" your story structure in an interactive, PowerPoint®-like presentation mode.
  • Know your characters well: Define visual "character sheets" and create meaningful characters with depth.
  • Design objects: Create templates for items, weapons, vehicles and fill your database.
  • Make less mistakes: Structure and validate your data as you create it, work visually and stay on top of everything.
  • Link to external assets: Import assets and connect them to your design data.
  • Export your data: Create XML files, Excel® spreadsheets, or Word® documents.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Operating System:Windows XP SP3
    • Processor:2 GHz dual-core
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Latest graphics drivers
    • Hard Drive:300 MB HD Space
    • Additional:Windows 8 - 64 Bit, Windows 8 - 32 Bit, Windows 7 - Service Pack 1 - 64 Bit, Windows 7 - Service Pack 1 - 32 Bit, Windows 7 - 64 Bit, Windows 7 - 32 Bit, Windows Vista - Service Pack 2 - 64 Bit, Windows Vista - Service Pack 2 - 32 Bit, Windows XP - Service Pack 2 - 64 Bit, Windows XP - Service Pack 3 - 32 Bit
    Recommended:
    • Operating System:Windows 7+ (64-Bit)
    • Processor:Intel® Core™ i5 fourth generation or similar
    • Memory:8 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Dedicated nVidia or AMD graphcis card (no on-board graphics) with 1GB memory or more
    • Hard Drive:300 MB HD Space + space for created project data
    • Additional:Windows 8 - 64 Bit, Windows 8 - 32 Bit, Windows 7 - Service Pack 1 - 64 Bit, Windows 7 - Service Pack 1 - 32 Bit, Windows 7 - 64 Bit, Windows 7 - 32 Bit, Windows Vista - Service Pack 2 - 64 Bit, Windows Vista - Service Pack 2 - 32 Bit, Windows XP - Service Pack 2 - 64 Bit, Windows XP - Service Pack 3 - 32 Bit
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
294 products in account
1 review
58.8 hrs on record
As an organization tool, it's very powerful. However, the pricepoint is convoluted. It's really intended for non-indie studios. Additionally, there's a LOT of missing features in 1.0 which they added in 2.0. As someone who spent his Tax Return to help this software to get off the ground, being charged another 100$ to get the features the software should have launched with is offensive.

We early adopters were basically used as a testing ground for software we paid 300$ for, and then were asked to upgrade.

It's powerful. I'll make no arguments toward the value of the software. But the price-point/ethics of the developer are questionable at best.
Posted: August 5th, 2014
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
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1 review
57.5 hrs on record
This is a very powerful tool if you at all interested in video game story writing. You can create branching dialogue paths with ease, or if you want a script version of the story, this can do this as well. I would recommend getting the "DLC" for this software for the extra utilities that this brings. For as high of level of program as this is, and as much as you get, $100 is really not a bad price tag for a professional level design tool.
Posted: June 21st, 2014
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
326 products in account
4 reviews
60.2 hrs on record
Absolutely love this software. Makes game creating and story writing a breeze! Seriously, forget Word or mindmaps, this is where it is at!
Posted: March 22nd, 2014
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
129 products in account
7 reviews
0.5 hrs on record
Amazing software, excellent for indie devs
Posted: June 29th, 2014
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1 of 20 people (5%) found this review helpful
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8 reviews
127.3 hrs on record
very Hard to use
Posted: March 31st, 2014
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43 of 44 people (98%) found this review helpful
113 products in account
4 reviews
296.0 hrs on record
Articy:Draft is a must have product for anyone interested in game design. Make no mistake; there is a learning curve to this tool as with any professional grade software. Once you've learned it, the productivity you'll gain will more than make up the initial learning time. I used the team version of Articy:Draft 2.1 in my Game World Creation class, and what it enabled the class to create is beyond anything I was expecting.

Pros:
It can handle just about any game design task you can throw at it. Complex branching dialogs? Easy. Detailed NPCs with complex relationships? No problem. Have a massive game world with many areas interconnecting? Have at it. And once you're all done, hit the export button and get a nice XML file with all your text content ready for use in your game engine of choice.

Cons:
* Price. You get what you pay for, but you will pay for it. Regardless of how awesome it is, $200 is a steep price to pay if you're doing this as a hobby. Knock that up to $300 if you want to go commercial.
* Export Formats. While I did list this in the Pro section, it's also a con as well. The docx export is difficult to read, almost to the point of being useless as a general purpose document. The xml format will take some serious digging through and studying to fully understand how Articy:Draft is linking things together. The product could really use some polish on this aspect.
* No resizing of areas. When you draw a zone in a location, there's no resizing it, other than grabbing it point by point and moving them around. This was a major source of headaches in my class as many groups discovered they had scale problems and needed to resize things. Much gnashing of teeth was done that day.

Bottom Line:
If you're serious about game design, buy this software. You will not regret it.
Posted: November 26th, 2013
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