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A new, original, Broken Sword game by Charles Cecil. Join the adventure and help us create the best Broken Sword game ever.
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Mini Update: Meet The Team - Nana Louise Nielsen

Posted by Revolution Software (Creator)

Hi guys! We have just four days to go and are getting close to our next Stretch Goal at $650,000! This includes both our Kickstarter and our PayPal pledges - if you would like to see the total, please visit this page:

While we are preparing for our video update tomorrow, today we have another member of our team to introduce: Nana Nielsen, one of our designers!

Could you introduce yourself to us?
Hi I’m Nana Louise Nielsen and I am one of the designers on Broken Sword – the Serpent’s Curse.

I create puzzles and gameplay, help write the dialogue and define all the assets we need for each location – backgrounds, props, animations, sounds etc. Then I implement my sections and test the game. There is a lot of tweaking as we discover what works and what doesn’t.

Sometimes the answer to one of my puzzles is obvious to me, but others are baffled. We have to make sure the players always knows what they are supposed to being doing at any point in the game, even if they don’t know how just yet.

When did you discover Broken Sword?
Both my parents used to be programmers and my dad in particular was mad about games, so that’s where I got the bug from.

My sister, a friend, and I used to save up for new adventure games. We’d buy the game together and then play all weekend, being extremely thorough, making sure we saw every bit of the game and made it last as long as possible. 

When we saw Broken Sword for the first time we were amazed at the lovely graphics: The flags outside the hotel gently blowing in the breeze, the cafe and the explosion, the fantastic perspective of George on the window ledge. I’ve been hooked ever since.

In fact it’s one of the reasons I chose game design as my career.

How did you get into the industry? 

I studied Interactive Media in Denmark, which is where I’m from, but the university frowned upon games and comics and wanted us to make movies and arty interactive installations instead. While doing my Masters I decided I needed a break and that’s when I wrote to Revolution.

This was in 2000 and Charles gave me my first real break into the industry. We were making In Cold Blood back then. I’ve been making games since and loving every minute.

What are you looking forward to the most in Broken Sword - the Serpent's Curse?
I am so thrilled that Tori is our Art Director on this game. She has already created some absolutely stunning backgrounds, and when I see them go into the game for the first time I get goose bumps and am transported right back to those early days playing with my sister.

Have you joined the Order of the Goat?
I have, yes. Man, at first we hated that goat and were stuck for hours, but it’s funny now!

Anything else you'd like to add?
The reaction of the fans is just fantastic. I’ve been told so many times over the last decade that point and click is dead, and to see this much support for one is so heart warming. Lots of kindred spirits out there! I hope we live up to most of your expectations with the new game. I am sure we will.


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    1. Starhowl on

      I just upped my pledge by $5!!! Please you too so we can reach the $800k!!!

    2. Palindrome Bob-XSF-I'm in AGL589-BG5.22

      Yep, that's the 650k-stretchgoal in the bag. Oh, and the Dalek in that picture might be looking at Nana, but he's not pointing his 'extermination'-ray at her. He's pointing that at the photographer, I wonder what happened to him/her...
      @Nana, I see you haven't added 'Order of the Goat' to your name, even though you say you're a member.

    3. Nana Nielsen on

      Thanks for the lovely comments. Don't worry about the Dalek. I threatened him with the wrath of the order of the goat and he backed off.
      @Rune & Anders: There is just the one Dane at Revolution. I'm enjoying my Viking privileges.
      @gangxxter: I think we have some great puzzles in store for you guys.

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      $650,206 Pledged
      12,962 Backers

    5. dave00dance on

      @Andrew R "From this distance and at this angle, you look beautiful. Unlike the last 2 guys they profiled - I'm pretty sure one of them was Philip Seymour Hoffman"

      i can't tell if your serious but get some respect kid

    6. SoulLifter on

      No one said Nana was a Dalek! OMG! Who's that other woman?

    7. M D on

      Not sure who that woman is that's standing next to you, but I'm glad to finally see a Dalek on the team, Nana.

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      Andrew R on

      From this distance and at this angle, you look beautiful. Unlike the last 2 guys they profiled - I'm pretty sure one of them was Philip Seymour Hoffman. Just looking as if to say 'I'm coming for your girlfriend and I will hurt her'. You look gentle and kind by comparison.
      Glad you are happy seeing that point and click isn't dead. I feel the same way. It was going south for a while but it's definitely making a comeback and BS5 will help a lot. The team keep thanking us for our support so for future profiles I'd like to say 'you're all welcome' but it's great to see a team of people dedicating their professional work to a genre we all love when you could easily go with mainstream developers so thank you.

    9. JuanitaD-ArmikrogArmyGoat @ AGL589+$4.96 on

      That dalek is looking right at you. And you're not running! You're either very brave or this is a very special "Meet the Team Before They're Exterminated" update. Good to meet you, Nana, however temporarily it may be...

    10. Daniel Strauss on

      YOU will OBAY ans pleag MORE!!! OR YOU will be EXTERMINATED!!!!...just KIDDING...WE will EXTERMINATEYOU ANYWAY

    11. Tobi (Crusader Kickstarter pls!!) on

      nice pic, thx for the interview!

    12. Rune Vendler on

      I didn't know there were any Danes at Revolution - that's a nice surprise!

    13. Gangxxter ⌠⌠ Order of the Goat $7.77 on

      Hi Nana, nice to read about you :)
      Please implement some really hard puzzles in BS5 ;) Maybe not so hard as the Goat puzzle, but something like the puzzle from BS2 where you had to get Mr. Laine drunk would be awesome! :) This is one of my favourite puzzles ever.

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      John Swanson

      Love the picture with the Supreme Dalek.

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    16. LosT_SouL_VL on

      Reminds me of the Dr Who; Tom Baker years...

    17. MatthiasG on

      What else could a Dalek say to the goats *lol*.

    18. LosT_SouL_VL on

      Did that dalek actually say *EXTERMINATE* to the goats ?

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    20. Anders Mellon Skov Hermansen on

      Pretty cool to see a danish presence in the game development industry - far too few of us. :(

    21. Martin Mulrooney ⌠⌠ Order of the Goat ⌠⌠ on

      " I hope we live up to most of your expectations with the new game. I am sure we will."

      I am sure you will too Nana! :)

    22. Vladimír Nekvasil - Order of the Goat on

      Point and click is not dead thanks to people like you in revolution!! :) Thank you Nana!