Game Design Storyboard Template

Game Design Storyboard Template, within the Milanote app

The ideal template to structure a video game story

This storyboard template is a great way to communicate how the story in your game will be structured. The panels can be comprised of illustrations, screenshots, 3D renders or animated GIF files.

Simply drag and drop your images into the placeholders to fill out the storyboard. Milanote handles images, videos, links and text, so you can really bring your storyboard to life. Building a dynamic vision for a project has never been easier, and with Milanote's integrated image search, you can find the perfect images without leaving your board.

This template is part of the Game Designers collection.

  • Explore ideas
  • Organize visually
  • Share with your team
  • Gather feedback
  • Export to PDF

How to use this template

Whether you’re an indy or lead game designer, follow this step-by-step guide and learn the modern process of creating a game storyboard for your next game in Milanote, a free tool used by top creatives.

1. Start with an empty template

The Game Storyboard template contains empty placeholder images for the key parts of your game's storyline. Just drag and drop your images into each card and describe what's happening to get a better understanding of how your story unfolds.

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  1. Choose the built-in Game Storyboard template

    Choose a template

    Each new board gives you the option to start with a beautiful template.

2. Map out the key scenes

When creating a game storyboard, it's easier to break the storyline up into smaller pieces. This helps structure the game's narrative and gameplay flow. It also provides a sense of progression as you play.

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  1. Add a note to describe each scene.

    Drag a note card onto your board

    Start typing then use the formatting tools in the left hand toolbar.

3. Add key visuals

Now, add visuals for each scene. These can either be sketches or photographs depicting the intended look and feel. Imagery also helps convey essential information such as character positions and any interactive elements.

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  1. Drag storyboard images in from your desktop.

    Upload a file or document

    Click the "Upload" button or just drag a file onto your board. You can add images, logos, documents, videos, audio and much more.

  2. Choose character images from the built-in image library.

    Use the built-in image library

    Search over 3 million beautiful, free photos then drag images straight onto your board. Powered by Pexels.

4. Describe what's happening

Once the visuals have been added, include annotations and notes to provide some context. Explain what is happening in the scene, the player's role, and any critical visual or gameplay elements.

You may also want to include:

  • Camera Angles and Transitions: Use arrows or lines to show how the camera moves or changes perspective during gameplay or cutscenes.
  • Dialogue and Text Boxes: Indicate where and when dialogue should appear, along with the content of the dialogue.
  • Color and Visual Style: If your game has a specific visual style or color palette, make sure it's reflected in your storyboard. Use colors, shading, or visual cues to help with art direction.

It's always good to be as detailed as you can as it helps everyone involved understand how a scene should look and behave.

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  1. Add captions to an image to describe what's happening.

    Add a caption to an image

    Select an image and just start typing.

5. Share it with your team

Invite your team to have a look over your storyboard, make edits or share any feedback. It's essential to capture people's thoughts early on and make any final adjustments before you begin developing the game.

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  1. Invite your team to collaborate on your storyboard.

    Invite editors to your board

    Open the "Share" menu from the title bar of your board. Add email addresses of the people you'd like to collaborate with—they'll receive an invitation via email.

  2. Share feedback with each other using comments.

    Start a comment thread

    Drag out a comment from the toolbar on the left and place it on your board. Other editors can reply to your comment.

You're done

Now that your game storyboard is complete, you have a clear set of visuals for the key milestones in your game. Storyboards are also a great reference point for your development and design teams as they begin production.

Find this and other templates in our game design category.

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