Storyteller's Tools List

Be you a novel writer, a screenplay writer, a game designer; hobbyist or professional, this list may help you.
I'll try to keep it free and/or open source, but it'll probably have some paid choices as well.

Some alternatives were left out for being either too expensive or too buggy.


  • Quoll Writer

    Free Windows Website

    Focus on your words not the interface.
    Quoll Writer is a writing application that helps you focus on your words.
    Clean and uncluttered.
    Feature rich.
    Features are where you would expect them to be.

     

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  • KIT Scenarist

    Freemium Mac OS X Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Website

    KIT Scenarist is a free and open source application for creating screenplays on desktops and commercial on mobiles.

    KIT Scenarist is a fully-featured studio for creating movie screenplays. It combines:
    • project organizer that will allow storing all research documents on the project in one place [except for simple text documents, it can be pictures, links to Internet resources and even mind maps];
    • the corkboard provides opportunities for placing, arranging, grouping and visualizing scenes of the future screenplay in the form of index cards on the corkboard;
    • a specialized script editor will allow users to forget about formatting the script and direct all the creative energy to create incredible stories;
    • the module of reports and statistics will help to look at history from a different angle, as well as prepare all the necessary reports for production;
    • a flexible application settings system will allow a user to create a comfortable environment for creativity.

    Quick video overview of KIT Scenarist version 0.7.0 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zg-BLExGWzE

    The application has fast and caring customer support: if you find a bug, have a great idea how to make the app better, want to add a translation or spellchecking dictionary for specific language - welcome! Just write us to Facebook or directly via the feedback form on the site.

    The application has the additional feature - real-time collaboration. It available by subscription.

    In near future we want to implement:
    • saving all project's series in one file (project's bible under your hands for every series + production reports will include all of them);
    • mobile versions for Android and iOS devices.

    Supported languages: English, German, French, Kazakh, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian.

     

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  • articy:draft

    Commercial Windows Website

    The first professional tool for story and game design

    Create, organize and communicate your game vision. Compose every aspect of your game design in just one highly visual and versatile solution.

    Develop interactive stories, deep and meaningful characters and item bibles covering the full game content. Draft specific game locations and manage their place in the game world. Create your own custom templates for classes of items, objects, missions, characters, combat units, levels and more.

    Tailored to the specific demands of 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.

    Create mission trees, game state graphs, state machines, skill or tech trees with our unique flow editor.

    You can work together online with other team members and benefit largely from the integrated workflow and asset management functionalities. articy:draft is the breakthrough tool for game design, drastically increasing efficiency and joy of use throughout the entire production.

    Finally! A tool for game designers and writers.

     

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  • AutoREALM

    Free Windows Website

    AutoREALM is a Free GNU mapping software (a "cartographer") that can design maps of castles, cities, dungeons and more. AutoREALM is generally used by Role-playing Game practicants who enjoy doing their own maps. But it could fits the needs of other people. If you are a Role-Playing gamer or else, you are cordially invited to join the AutoREALM community: fellows gathered around a free hobbyist map tool. Originally made by Andrew Gryc (say "grits"), AutoREALM is now Open Source, creating a unique opportunity for the RPG world to mix graphics and computer programming.

    Developed with Delphi Personal Edition™ (from Borland Inc.) and based on the simple and natural TurboPascal™ language, AutoREALM could be coded as well with Kylix Open Edition™ to run on LINUX platforms. For now, enjoy this free tool designed to "Automatically create your own REALM!"

     

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  • ComiPo

    Commercial Windows Steam Website

    ComiPo is a 3-D Manga creation software created by a Japanese software company. It's a simple, drag and drop application.

     

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  • ADRIFT

    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux Web Website

    ADRIFT Developer is a Windows application that allows you to create complex interactive fiction games quickly and easily. It allows you to concentrate on the story by making everything else easy, such as having all options available in dropdown lists, rather than you having to spend a lot of time just trying to figure out how to code the game.

    Games in ADRIFT are created by adding locations, objects, characters and tasks. These can be organised into folders, allowing you to group things together in a logical manner. Layouts can be created quickly and easily using the 3D map, allowing you to drag, rotate, resize and manipulate rooms to fit your requirements.

     

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  • Quest

    Free Windows Website

    Quest lets you create sophisticated text-based games, without having to program. Make text adventures, role-playing games, training materials, simulations, or interactive fiction. With its easy-to-use visual editor, absolutely no programming is required--everything about your game is displayed in plain English. A full tutorial is included so you can get started quickly. You're not limited to text--your games can come alive with pictures, sound effects, and music. With Quest Packager, you can create a stand-alone EXE file for your game, so your users can install your game with no additional downloads required. And these are all free.
    You can also upload your game to our website textadventures.co.uk, so people will be able to play without having to download anything at all.

     

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  • Squiffy

    Free Web Self-Hosted Website

    Squiffy is a tool for creating multiple choice interactive fiction. It's written entirely in JavaScript - the compiler uses Node.js and the games it generates run in a web browser so it can run on any system with a modern browser.

     

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  • ChoiceScript

    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux Web Self-Hosted Website

    ChoiceScript is a simple programming language for writing multiple-choice games (MCGs) like Choice of the Dragon. Writing games with ChoiceScript is easy and fun, even for authors with no programming experience.

     

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  • Twine

    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux Website

    Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories.

    You don't need to write any code to create a simple story with Twine, but you can extend your stories with variables, conditional logic, images, CSS, and JavaScript when you're ready.

    Twine publishes directly to HTML, so you can post your work nearly anywhere. Anything you create with it is completely free to use any way you like, including for commercial purposes.

    [From the website]

     

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  • Ren'Py

    Free Mac Windows Linux Website

    Ren'Py is a free and cross-platform visual novel engine that helps you use words, pictures, and sounds to tell stories with the computer. Its easy and efficient script language makes it possible for non-programmers to make visual novels, while its Python support allows for complex simulation games.

     

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  • Visual Novel Engine

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Android Steam Website

    Visual Novel Engine is a cross-platform tool that lets you create visual novels through a simple, flexible and powerful tagging system, no programming skills required.

    FEATURES

    • Easy scripting language API
    • Easy translatable text
    • Multiple endings (non-linear routes)
    • Global Decision Polls / Charts
    • Displays custom background images
    • Displays custom character images
    • Multi-channel sound (Background music, sound effects and voice)
    • Multi-platform (Android, Windows, Mac OSX, Linux)
    • AnnotPlayer Integration (http://code.google.com/p/annot-player )
    • Save state cloud syncing

     

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  • Novelty

    Free Windows Website

    What is Novelty?
    Novelty is a free game maker tailored for making visual novels. Contrary to most other visual novel makers, Novelty is designed for people without any experience in scripting or programming.

    As a designer you have a lot of artistic freedom in Novelty. There are no templates or presumptions on how your game should look. The visual tools that come with Novelty enables you to give your game a unique look that will stand out.

    Programming or no programming
    Novelty is firmly built around the concept that no programming is required. Instead of typing code, you can utilize a visual pseudo-programming system which let's you set up game events and dynamic story branches using a point and click interface. Of course there will always be users who want to extend their games to do things outside the box and therefor there is a fully featured scripting language available.

    If you are an advanced user with experience of programming in C++ or Java, you'll be glad to know that there is a scripting language available to you if you wish to customize your game even further.

    Create and collaborate
    Novelty offers a rich asset creation pipeline, that lets you design your own custom assets using a simple yet powerful markup language or through a new visual point and click interface.

    Assets can easily be shared with the friends and other members of the Novelty community. Likewise, downloading new art and characters and using them in your own visual novels is as easy as copying a file. Novelty does the work for you.

     

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  • TyranoBuilder

    Commercial Mac OS X Windows Web Steam Website

    Start making your own multi-platform video games right NOW, even if you know nothing about game programming or scripting! TyranoBuilder’s suite of intuitive drag-and-drop tools allows you to create high quality visual novels with speed and ease, and bring your creativity visions to reality!

    Take it to the next level with TyranoScript, the powerful and flexible visual novel scripting language included with TyranoBuilder which allows you to customize every aspect of your game. Perfect for beginners, powerful enough for experts.

    Games made with TyranoBuilder can be easily exported to PC, Mac, browsers, or converted for use on smart devices and distribution via the Apple AppStore or GooglePlay!

     

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  • RPG Toolkit

    Free Windows Linux Website

    The RPG Toolkit is a free, open source project delivering a simple, flexible and powerful tool for the creation of role-playing games on your personal computer.

    The homepage also hosts games created with rpgtoolkit.

     

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  • RPG Maker

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Website

    The RPG Maker software series is a set of game creation suites aimed at easy 2D role playing game creation.

     

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  • Solarus Action-RPG game engine

    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux Website

    Solarus is a free and open-source Action-RPG game engine, licensed under GPL, and written in C++. It runs quests in Lua, and can work on a great number of platforms. Solarus also features a game editor called Solarus Quest Editor, written in C++ with Qt to help you creating your game.

     

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  • RPG Paper Maker

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux Website

    RPG Paper Maker is a free game maker engine including a 3D universe with many 2D sprites and some simplified 3D objects.

     

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