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Tabletop Summit: Script Murders: The Form and Design of the Most Popular Tabletop Genre in China

Ming Liu  (User Research Manager, Thunderfire UX)

Xinhui Yang  (Senior Project Manager, NetEase)

Location: Room 3016, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 20

Time: 2:10 pm - 2:40 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Design

Format: Lecture

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

Script murder, or jubensha (剧本杀), has become one of the mainstream tabletop game genres in China. In 2021, 44% of Chinese netizens have experienced online script murder games, and over one-third of users choose it as their offline entertainment.

From the original murder mystery games imported from the Western world, script murders have evolved into a richer game collection—like scripts of joy, scripts of emotion, scripts of horror, and more.

In this talk, Ming Liu and Xinhui Yang will introduce script murder games in three aspects: the origin and evolution, the design pattern, and what developers can gain from script murders.


Attendees will gain knowledge of the script murder genre in China, where the idea comes from, and how it's evolved. They will learn the design patterns and storytelling patterns of script murders, based on their theory introduction and case studies. Finally, they will gain key insight from the speakers on how script murders can inspire the game industry.

Intended Audience

This is for anyone interested in tabletop games, mystery murder games, and video games.