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30 December 1976|
Rowberrow, Somerset, England
|Genre||Video games, fantasy|
|Notable works||Heavenly Sword, Mirror's Edge, Tomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider|
Rhianna Pratchett (born 30 December 1976) is an English video game writer, and journalist. She has worked on Tomb Raider (2013) and its follow up, Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015), Heavenly Sword (2007), Overlord (2007), and Mirror's Edge (2008), among others.
Pratchett is the daughter of the fantasy writer Terry Pratchett. In 2012, Pratchett became one of the four founders of Narrativia Limited, the production company which holds exclusive multimedia and merchandising rights to her late father's works.
Rhianna Pratchett studied journalism at the London College of Printing and following graduation began writing for Minx magazine, where her first games reviews were published. She moved to the long running PC Zone magazine as an editorial assistant, staff writer, eventually becoming a section editor. She wrote for many other publications including The Guardian.
Pratchett moved into script writing and narrative design in 2002, with Beyond Divinity, produced by Larian Studios in Belgium. 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 wrote 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).
She is co-director of Narrativia Limited. In 2012 and 2013 Narrativia announced that it would be working on three television projects based on Pratchett's father's works: The Watch, Good Omens, and Wee Free Men, as well as several other projects. She has also spoken on BBC Radio 1, Radio 4, 5Live and multiple conferences around the world, including Develop, Animex, GDC and TEDx Transmedia.
In June 2015, she said that her father's 41st Discworld novel The Shepherd's Crown, to be published posthumously later that year, would mark the end of the series, and that no further novels or books of unfinished work would be authorised for publication.
- Beyond Divinity (story editor) – Larian Studios (2004)
- Stronghold Legends (writer) – Firefly Studios/2K (2006)
- Heavenly Sword (co-writer/story) – Ninja Theory/Sony (2007)
- Overlord (writer/audio co-director) – Triumph Studios/Codemasters (2007)
- Viking: Battle for Asgard (writer) – The Creative Assembly/Sega (2008)
- Mirror's Edge (writer) – DICE/EA (2008)
- Prince of Persia (additional writer) – Ubisoft Montreal (2008)
- Overlord: Minions (writer) – Climax/Codemasters (2009)
- Overlord: Dark Legend (writer/voice director) – Climax/Codemasters (2009)
- Overlord II (writer/voice director) – Triumph/Codemasters (2009)
- Risen (co-writer) – Piranha Bytes/Deep Silver (2009)
- CSI: Fatal Conspiracy (writer) – Telltale/Ubisoft (2010)
- BioShock Infinite (additional writer) – Irrational Games/2K (2013)
- Tomb Raider (lead writer) – Crystal Dynamics/SE (2013)
- Beat Buddy: Tale of the Guardians (writer) – Threaks (2013)
- Thief (story and cinematics) – Eidos Montréal (2014)
- Rise of the Tomb Raider (lead writer) – Crystal Dynamics/SE (2015)
- Overlord: Fellowship of Evil (writer) – Codemasters (2015)
- Mirror's Edge #1 to #6 – published by DC Comics (2008)
- Tomb Raider: The Beginning – published by Dark Horse Comics (2013)
- Legends of Red Sonja #3 – published by Dynamite (2014)
- Tomb Raider #7 to #18 – published by Dark Horse Comics (2014–2015)
Film and television
She has also appeared in the documentaries Games Britannia, Critical Path and Charlie Brooker's How Video Games Changed the World.
- Rise of the Tomb Raider (2015) – Won Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing at 68th Writers Guild of America Awards 2016. Won Outstanding Achievement in Character for Lara Croft at 19th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards 2016
- Tomb Raider (2013) – shortlisted for the Writers' Guild of Great Britain (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 European Women in Games Hall of Fame Award in 2013.
- "Rhianna Pratchett". Front Row. 26 December 2013. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
- Gilbert, Ben (27 March 2009). "GDC09: Rhianna Pratchett says games should forget about making people cry". Joystiq. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
- "Rhianna Pratchett interview". Multiplay UK. 16 February 2005. Archived from the original on 16 February 2005. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
- Maureen Paton (2015-03-14). "It was like having a full-sized hobbit for a father". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-06-29.
- Timmer, John (28 June 2007). "Talking with Rhianna Pratchett, writer and co-story designer of Overlord". Ars Technica. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
- "Rhianna Pratchett's Profile". theguardian.com. The Guardian. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
- russpitts. "Rhianna's rise: Meet the writer behind Tomb Raider". Polygon.
- "Terry Pratchett: Sex, death and nature". New Statesman. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
- "The Future of the Videogames Writer: Rhianna Pratchett at TEDxTransmedia". YouTube. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
- Terry Pratchett's daughter declares The Shepherd's Crown will be the last Discworld novel, The Guardian, 12 June 2015
- "Writers' Guild Awards 2008 – shortlists". WGGB – The Writer's Guild of Great Britain. 30 September 2008. Archived from the original on 29 September 2008. Retrieved 5 May 2009.
- "2016 Writers Guild Awards Winners Announced". Writers Guild of America, West. 12 February 2016. Archived from the original on 21 March 2016.
- of Great Britain, Writers' Guild. "Writers' Guild Awards 2010 – shortlists announced". web.archive.org. archive.org. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
- "European Women in Games Hall of Fame". womeningamesjobs.com. Archived from the original on 21 March 2014.
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