- Jun 15, 2007

This week we take you into the world of quest-making, as we show you one of the in-game storyboards for a relatively simple quest.

When playing Age of Conan, you’ll come across hundreds upon hundreds of quests that are scattered across the world. These will range from epic adventures to simple tasks, but a common nominator for them all is that the development team put a tremendous amount of effort into making it balanced, rewarding and not to mention entertaining.

As a part of creating a quest, the designers often put together a storyboard comic using in-game screenshots to give a better overview of how the quest flows.

“The comic storyboard is a visual representation of what we have imagined the quest to be,” says Age of Conan designer Joel Bylos. “Essentially the comic is a tool that follows the Conan tradition, and allows people to see what a quest is about, which characters it involves and how it ties into the overall storyline without having to load up the client an play through the entire thing themselves”.

Today we bring you one of these quest storyboard comics, taken from the region known as the Wild Lands of Zelata. This is a relatively simple and straight-forward quest called “Foundations of Trust”, and basically involves helping out the town of Tesso who is struggling with a rather bad case of monster infestation outside its fortified walls.

Keep in mind that the content of this storyboard is subject to change, and that much of it is put together using unpolished assets and a healthy bit of developer humor.

Still, it does reflect the contents of the quest. You’ll see much of this dialog in the game, and once again we want to stress the fact that when we’re making these quests, we try to give you several different dialogue options so that you really feel that you’re talking to the character giving it to you. What you see in the storyboard is but some of the possible dialogue.

Click here to download/view the PDF file.

Enjoy, and have a good weekend!