Rhianna Pratchett

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Rhianna Pratchett
Born (1976-12-30) 30 December 1976 (age 38)
Rowberrow, Somerset, England
Occupation Writer
Nationality British
Genre Video games, fantasy
Notable works Heavenly Sword, Mirror's Edge, Tomb Raider
from the BBC programme Front Row, 26 December 2013[1]


Rhianna Pratchett (born 30 December 1976) is an English video game writer,[2] narrative designer, and journalist.[3] She is the daughter of fantasy writer Terry Pratchett.[4] She has worked on titles such as Tomb Raider (2013), Heavenly Sword, Overlord, and Mirror's Edge.


Rhianna Pratchett studied journalism at the London College of Printing and following graduation began her career writing for Minx magazine, where her first games reviews were published.[5] Shortly after, she moved onto the long running PC Zone magazine as an editorial assistant, staff writer and eventually becoming a section editor. She also wrote for many other publications and organisations including The Guardian.[6]

Pratchett moved into script writing and narrative design in 2002, with the title Beyond Divinity which was produced by Larian Studios in Belgium.[7] She also wrote a novella to accompany the game. In 2007, her work on Heavenly Sword was nominated for a BAFTA and a year later she won a Writers' Guild of Great Britain 'Best Videogame Script' award for Overlord. Pratchett authored the comic Tomb Raider: The Beginning with Dark Horse and the Mirror's Edge miniseries with DC Comics, along with several of her own short stories. She has contributed to various books on games narrative including Professional Techniques for Video Game Writing (edited by Wendy Despain) and Game Writing: Narrative Skills for Videogames (edited by Chris Bateman). In 2013, she was inducted into the European Women in Games Hall of Fame.[8] At E3 2013 a new entry in the Mirror's Edge franchise was announced, fans of Lisa Miskovsky and Rhianna Pratchett made a petition to make sure EA DICE hire her to pen the script for the new game.[9][10]

She is co-director of the Narrativia multimedia production company, currently working on three television projects based on her father's works: The Watch, Good Omens, and Wee Free Men (which she is personally adapting into a feature script), as well as several other projects.[11] She has also spoken on BBC Radio 1, Radio 4, 5Live and multiple conferences around the world, including Develop, Animex, GDC and TEDx Rome.[12]

Rhianna's father chose her to be the 'custodian' of the Discworld before he died. Rhianna has clarified that she will 'hold the reins' of the Discworld, rather than actively participate in the series, and that she will most likely not be writing any 'new' Discworld novels.


Video games[edit]


Film and television[edit]

She has appeared in the documentaries Games Britannia, Critical Path and Charlie Brooker's How Video Games Changed the World.


  • Tomb Raider (2013) – shortlisted for the WGGB Best Videogame Script in 2013.
  • Risen (2009) – co-nominated for a WGGB award 2010.
  • Mirror's Edge (2008) – won Best New IP at E3 '08 and Adventure Game of the Year at the 2009 Interactive Achievement Awards.
  • Viking: Battle for Asgard (2008) – shortlisted for Best New IP at 2008 Develop awards.
  • Overlord (2008) – won the WGGB Best Videogame Script award in 2008. Also shortlisted for Best New IP in the 2008 Develop Awards.
  • Heavenly Sword (2007) – nominated for a BAFTA for story/character in 2007. Also shortlisted for Best New IP in the 2008 Develop awards and Best Videogame Script in the 2008 WGGB Awards.
  • Won the Women in Games Job's Hall of Fame Award in 2013.


  1. ^ "Rhianna Pratchett". Front Row. 26 December 2013. BBC Radio 4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qsq5. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Gilbert, Ben (27 March 2009). "GDC09: Rhianna Pratchett says games should forget about making people cry". Joystiq. Retrieved 5 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "Rhianna Pratchett interview". Multiplay UK. 16 February 2005. Archived from the original on 16 February 2005. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Terry Pratchett". Colinsmythe.co.uk. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Timmer, John (28 June 2007). "Talking with Rhianna Pratchett, writer and co-story designer of Overlord". Ars Technica. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Rhianna Pratchett's Profile". theguardian.com. The Guardian. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Rhianna's rise: Meet the writer behind Tomb Raider
  8. ^ "Women in Games Jobs (WIGJ)". Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Petition For Lisa Miskovsky's Continued involvement in Mirrors Edge". Age-Media. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Lisa Miskovsky's Continued involvement in Mirrors Edge". Age-Media. 13 October 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Terry Pratchett: Sex, death and nature". New Statesman. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "The Future of the Videogames Writer: Rhianna Pratchett at TEDxTransmedia". YouTube. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Writers' Guild Awards 2008 – shortlists". WGGB – The Writer's Guild of Great Britain. 30 September 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2009. 

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