This is the end... my only friend... the end.

What would you do if the world ends?

What for us started as a hypothetical question turned into a six-year odyssey we called “Meet Me at the Falls.”

One night back in 2012, we sat around the table together and each wrote a very rough version of the same short story idea in our notebooks. What we didn't know at the time was that we had each just created the members of the Murphy family on the start of their final journey. Nor did we know it was just the first part of what would become a five-section novel. What we did know was that we had something special. A unique opportunity for three authors to write one story together.

But how exactly do three authors write the same story?!

We started with each of us taking on a character—following their respective journeys to whatever end. Before we set out on each section, we would meet to discuss rough ideas, but we always wrote in secret. Never telling each other what exactly we came up with until it was ready to read. Once we had a rough draft, we would share them with each other. 

And that's how we worked.

It was thrilling to see where our stories had similar threads and where they diverged wildly. It wasn't always easy making the story cohesive and more than once we had very different ideas of who these characters were and what they should go through.

We were also each other’s first editors, often bringing fierce debate to the table over what should happen, who these characters were. In the end, the best ideas always won out, and we felt no shame in rewriting each other’s work. It was the only way to truly work together.

Even this afterword went through the same process.

Something interesting we discovered along the way was how well we functioned as a writing team. Often times it's hard for ‘creatives’ to work together on a project. Our secret for success was that we each brought a unique strength to the team.

The best part of the process was being able to get inside each other's heads. We have spent countless hours talking writing and learning from each other as much as we could. 

By the time we finished each section, no one chapter could truthfully be claimed by any of us. It had become something we shared. A harmony of three different voices. It was truly a labor of love that we feel embodies the voice our friendship.

One of our earliest ideas was to actually meet at Snoqualmie Falls to write the final part of the story. When the Murphys arrived there, so should we. 

For those of you who have made it this far and followed the journey with us, you'll be pleased to hear that part five was conceived and written at the lodge in Snoqualmie Falls.

For years we had written about a place that, truth be told, we had never actually been. To actually set foot where our story was happening, where we knew the Murphy family would finally meet, was nothing short of surreal. It was like stepping into a dream, and we couldn't shake off that feeling. We stood  along the banks of the Snoqualmie River, envisioning the end of our journey in silent reverence.

That trip ended up becoming one of the greatest experiences of our lives, teaching us a very valuable lesson: Goddamn do we love traveling together. It’s quickly become a necessary part of our process, and we have no plans of slowing down any time soon. Our travels have become our own form of a writer’s retreat. Crucial opportunities to find inspiration and discuss the kernels of our next story together.

We loved telling this story. But more importantly we loved telling it together. We can't thank you enough for reading it. It has been a way for three friends who live in three different places to all stay in touch with one another. To collaborate. To travel. To make each other better. Though this story is done, it is only the beginning of our continued adventures.

Stay tuned for more, and thank you for reading our story.

Ben, Zack & John
“The Burgundy Scoundrels”

Click here to read the final part of Meet Me at the Falls.

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"Ninety Percent Nick" Now Available

I'm happy to announce that my latest short story is now available on Amazon. It's called Ninety Percent Nick. One part horror, one part psychological thriller, the story follows a guy who begins losing time from his day. At first, it's just a few seconds here or there, but soon it grows to minutes... and then hours. He has no idea how it started, how he can make it stop and what he's doing during that missing time. Let's just say, he's up to no good.

Click here to check out Ninety Percent Nick on Amazon.

New year. New horror story.

I try to publish a horror story every year for Halloween. However, I always start it way, way too late and finish even later. This year, I thought I had it right for once. I started a story back in the summer, but due to workload at Telltale couldn't write hard until September. After I finished the 30-pager, I sent it over to a handful of beta-readers, did several rounds of revisions, and enlisted my wife to illustrate a stylish cover. By that time 2017 had become 2018... but it's finally done!

So, here we are, almost a month into the new year and the story is ready for release. If I'm being totally honest with myself, I should start writing my next horror right now if I want any chance of getting it out this calendar year. Knowing myself, I won't start it until October 1st.

The link for the short story will be up tomorrow so until then check out this awesome cover (and title reveal!) that my wife cooked up. I love it.

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Drax is back.

In Episode 4 of our Guardians series titled "Who Needs You," we focus on Drax (You can see the trailer here). One of the special things about our series is that we delve into the Guardians' backstories before they became who they are today. Before Peter is Star-Lord. Before Raccoon has partnered with Groot. Before Gamora is the deadliest assassin in the galaxy. Before Drax is known as "the Destroyer."

It's much more "Drax the Dad" this time around.

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We've only ever seen him in the context of kicking the crap out of bad guys or being so literal that he annoys everyone around him... but what was Drax like as a father? Strange as that question may be to ask, it gets at the core of who he really is. His whole life has been dedicated to killing the man who killed his wife and daughter so what was he like when they were still alive? You'll get to play through Drax's backstory which we've never really seen in the comics or films. A big shout-out to Marvel for letting us take a stab at this, no pun intended.

Oh, and don't worry: there is no shortage of epic shootouts, dangerous spaceship action, monstrous worms and lots of laughs in this episode, plus a choice that will forever change the Guardians. If you're not careful, one or more of them might not make it out alive...

Guardians Funko Toys!

I've been super excited about this for a while now so I'm glad I can finally share the news. Telltale has partnered with Funko to bring four characters from our Guardians of the Galaxy franchise to store shelves. Rocket, Lylla, Hala the Accuser and Gamora. I'm certainly going to pick them all up when they're released in December.

Perfect, adorable stocking stuffers.

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The music is back. (Guardians of the Galaxy Ep. 3)

After a long pause, the music is back.

This week, we released the third episode of our Guardians series entitled "More Than A Feeling." In this episode, we delve into the troubled history of Gamora and Nebula to learn of a specific event that forever changed their relationship. Spoiler alert: You get to play as both Gamora AND Nebula. Oh, and of course Peter Quill too. It's definitely the most fun episode of the season so far with lots of surprises and a catchy, interactive montage along the way.

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I've been super excited about this episode since its inception. We learn more about the secrets of the Eternity Forge. We meet an emotional new character (who I won't reveal here). We confront a bully as young Peter Quill. We get to kick ass as Gamora. And, in the end, there is a choice that splits the ENTIRE BACK HALF OF THE SEASON. That's right, the final choice in 103 is not some bait and switch, it actually ripples throughout episode 4 and 5 in a major way. The first two episodes have been building up to this moment so choose wisely. The Guardians will not forget this decision... and there is no going back once you pick sides.

So don't just sit around rubbing your chin... go pick up the new episode! It will make Groot very, very happy.

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A comic based on a game based on a movie, etc

This week, Marvel Comics and Telltale Games released a five-issue comic series based on our Guardians of the Galaxy game. It's written by Fred Van Lente, artwork by Salvador Espin, and cover by David Nakayama. As Fred astutely points out this is a comic based on a game based on a movie based on a comic. The series tells the backstory of the Guardians' conflict with Thanos the Mad Titan which leads straight into the climatic confrontation in Episode 1.

Not only is it hilarious and chock-full of great character interactions, but Fred wrote several classic "Telltale Moments" into the series where we see the difficult decisions Peter Quill must make as a leader. In Issue #1, Gamora proposes sneaking in to get the jump on their enemies while Drax prefers a brute-force head-on assault. What will Peter choose?

Fred, who I worked with at Telltale on The Walking Dead: Michonne series, has a unique perspective on both the Guardians and how we make interactive stories so he was absolutely the right person to write this series. I can't wait to see where he takes it next.

Pop on by your local comic shop (or Comixology) and be sure to pick up all three variants before they run out!

Episode 1 and 2 Concept Art

Fear not, loyal Telltale fan! The next Guardians episode will be here soon. We will be making an announcement about Episode 3 (along with new seasons of Wolf Among Us, Batman, and Walking Dead) at Comic-Con. Until that episode arrives why not feast your eyes on some concept art from Episodes 1 and 2?

Just click to progress through the slideshow!