334 - Build Branching Scenario Prototypes Fast with Twine

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Tools and Development

Most development tools are built primarily for creating linear content. It's often possible to create nonlinear or branching content, but that isn't the primary purpose of the tool. That means building branching scenarios can be clunky, cumbersome, and time consuming. SME and stakeholder reviews of branching scenarios are also challenging, especially if they don't have a prototype to help them envision the final product. But what if you had a tool that was designed just for creating branching scenarios‚ and for building them quickly?

In this hands-on session, you'll build a functional branching scenario prototype in under an hour with Twine. Twine is a free, open-source tool for creating nonlinear stories. We'll work together, step-by-step, to create a prototype of a simple branching scenario. You'll create a new story and add new linked passages for several decision points. I'll provide you with text for your first branching scenario so you can focus on the tool during the session, rather than typing and create a scenario. Once you build your prototype, you'll test it by playing through the different choices. You'll publish your functional prototype as an HTML file that reviewers can click through, as well as publishing a proofing format for SME and stakeholder reviews. You'll also see examples of different story formats and examples of how CSS can be used to create a more polished look and feel. You'll leave this session with a functional prototype of a simple branching scenario and the hands-on experience to prepare you to use Twine in your own design and development process.‬‬

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why Twine is an effective tool for creating branching scenario prototypes quickly
  • How to create a story in Twine
  • How to add and link to new passages
  • How to publish a branching scenario in Twine
  • How to use story and proofing formats to change the look and feel of your prototype

Technology discussed:

Twine, CSS

Participant technology requirements:

Participants should bring a laptop with the free, open source tool Twine installed (available from Those without the software installed may use the online (browser-based) version of Twine.

Christy Tucker, Learning Experience Design Consultant - Syniad Learning

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