I had the pleasure of creating and developing a number of primary and secondary characters to fill the world of Nicki Minaj: The Empire.

Writing story and quest documents for Nicki Minaj: The Empire was only the first step in bringing the stories to life. 

 

Using the game's custom script editor, I was able to place characters, move cameras, trigger animations and block out scenes for key moments in the game. 

This video features scenes that I scripted, but most of the scripting work for the game was done by these two fine gentlemen.

Nicki Minaj: The Empire

Mobile Narrative Celebrity Game
Glu Mobile

Nicki Minaj: The Empire is a celebrity role-playing game for mobile devices.  The game features the music, voice, likeness, and inspiration of Nicki Minaj, the queen of rap. 

As a Narrative Game Designer for the project, I was responsible for developing the characters and world of the "Nicki-verse," writing quests, and scripting content using a custom scripting editor.

Overview

Narrative Game Designer

Characters
Quest Scripting

I worked alongside a team of talented game writers to write and edit dozens of quests for Nicki Minaj: The Empire.  I was the primary writer for the quest featured in this video - the story of how you met Nicki Minaj.

Quest Writing

Narrative themes and recurring topics in Nicki Minaj: The Empire range from the highs and lows of fame, to the palace intrigue of music industry executives, and to the enduring power of love, friendship, and faith in oneself.

Narrative Themes

Nicki Minaj: The Empire Writing Team:

Christopher Ellington, Brandon Jerwa, Alison McKenzie, Jen Vaughn

Nicki Minaj: The Empire Design Team:

Matthew Pellicane, Danny Marks, Brandyn Davis

Brannon Boren, Avery Bennet, Nicole Maiorano

Primary Characters

Nicki Minaj - The Mentor

Darius King - Label Owner/Antagonist

Bitta Sweet - Rival Rapper

Kayla - Best Friend/Manager

Secondary Characters

Kidd Cray - Crazy/Wise Rapper

Captain PepperJack - Restaurant Owner/Mascot

... and more!

Themes and Topics

Fame (the good parts)

Friendship

Relationships

Uneasy Alliances

Palace Intrigue

Fame (the bad parts)

Temptation

Faith (in yourself and your friends)

- Game Writing        - Game Design

- Narrative Design   - Scripting/Staging

Sample Quest Docs

Nicki Scripters

Danny Marks       Brandyn Davis

Other Nicki Writers

Brandon Jerwa    Alison McKenzie   Jen Vaughn