Dystopia Rising Story Lead 

Imagine our world hundreds of years after the zombie apocalypse. Radiation has seeped into the soil and creatures have mutated into monstrosities. Humanity is tormented and hunted; they have become something else through terror and time. 

Welcome to the world of Dystopia Rising.

Dystopia Rising LLC is the Franchisor for the live-action event network, Dystopia Rising, held in over twenty locations on a monthly basis. Based in the U.S., events occur at campgrounds with cabins, facilities, and a neighborhood of amazing communities and their members. Over a weekend, attendants take on fictional personas and immerse themselves in a post-apocalyptic world. Overrun by the undead and mutated creatures, characters fight for survival. Civilization and the future of a humanity survives, ravaged by the destruction of a world once known. 

Dystopia Rising LLC is seeking an experienced storyteller to help lead the narrative for the Dystopia Rising LARP on a national level. The ideal candidate has a strong background in storytelling via an interactive medium, such as another LARP, theatre, or teaching, and a proven record of leadership, particularly in the execution of narrative content.

As a Narrative Lead, you will work directly with the marketing and content leads to develop cohesive fiction told through the game’s various story channels and deliver on the national vision. You will work alongside the creator of the property and the rest of the leadership team to create the national narrative. You will guide the execution of that narrative content through the local events and national distribution channels. 

Responsibilities 

  • Drive the design and development of future narrative systems and content channels

  • Align with the high-level goals set by Leadership and develop execution plans that support the game

  • Support and collaborate with teams on story content that aligns with project goals

  • Ensure narrative plans are in accordance with the studio’s production methodology

  • Establish and maintain high quality narrative standards

  • Identify opportunities for innovation and improvement and advocate for new processes in the execution of the storytelling experience

  • Promote an inspiring, creative, collaborative and enjoyable work environment

  • Help to streamline and maintain high performing narrative tools and processes

  • Help create new product concepts and translate those ideas into actionable product outlines and specification documents

  • Take part in writing groups, helping to brainstorm story details for new elements of the Dystopia Rising LARP world

  • Review local branch material, game mechanics, and styles, ensure it is consistent with Dystopia Rising IP, and provide feedback to writers to improve work processes

  • Offer strong solutions and bring new ideas to the table

  • Communicate progress of work to leadership team and to appropriate production staff

  • Follow proper document management requirements

 

Qualifications 

Knowledge:

  • Well-read, watched, and versed in the genres of Post Apocalypse, Survival Horror, and Zombie

  • Familiar with tabletop, live action roleplaying, and progression game mechanics

  • Knowledge of ARG’s, understanding the concept of larger over-arching stories and design

 

Experience:

  • 1+ years of experience as a game designer working on online/live games

  • At least three product credits (books, board games, video games, and the like) required

  • Experience refining someone else’s game design, writing, or both into publishable form required

  • Willingness to adapt and iterate designs

  • Experience using Word, Excel, and text styles required

  • Mastery of English grammar required

  • Experience with InDesign preferred

This position will be mainly digital, with a 1-2 times per year requirement to be on location in the United States (specific locations will vary). Consistent internet access and a reliable computer will be required. Our team operates mainly in EST time, availability during working hours in that time zone is a must.

Send resume, cover letter and references to Jobs@DystopiaRising.com

Dystopia Rising LLC is an equal opportunity employer and strives to create a diverse team that raises voices from many walks of life.