Chris Winkle

Chris is the founder and editor-in-chief of Mythcreants. On the side she also designs, codes, and writes stories. When she manages to escape from chronic workaholism, she likes to drink tea, wear funny hats, pet kitties, and crush her enemies at the game table.

Analysis

The Three Traits of Annoying Characters

Once in a while, storytellers slip up when crafting a protagonist. A character that was supposed to be an audience favorite becomes the focus of malice and frustration instead. While each person’s taste in characters is unique, some traits are likely to inspire intense dislike. … read more »

Podcast

34 – The Fight Over Combat Mechanics

The Mythcreant Podcast

Mike, Chris, and Oren discuss extended conflict rules in roleplaying games. They describe the differences between simulated combat systems and mini games, before they’re drawn into a debate about their weaknesses and strengths. Finally, they cover what encounter mechanics in general can add to a game, versus what risks they pose. Read more »

Storytelling

Five Tricks to Invigorate Your Ending

Stories can end in countless ways, and no one can tell you which one is the right one. But these tricks can give your ending – whatever it is – some extra pizzazz. None of them will work for every story, but try them on. You might find the perfect fit. Read more »

Writing

Should You Show or Tell?

“Show; don’t tell” is one of the most popular adages in writing circles. For many writers, it’s tried and true advice. However, the real rules behind showing and telling are more complex than this simple statement suggests. There is a smooth gradient between showing and … read more »

Storytelling

Understanding Conflict & Tension

The words “conflict” and “tension” are casually thrown around in most discussions of storytelling, but they don’t mean exactly what they do in everyday speech. If you haven’t gotten a formal introduction to conflict and tension, here’s what you need to know. Read more »

Commentary

The Best Quotes From GeekGirlCon 2014

Mythcreants had a great time at GeekGirlCon, a woman-centered geek party with a social justice bent. To spread the fun, here’s my favorite quotes from the panels I attended. They include personal stories, fan debates, advice from editors, and more. Read more »

Podcast

32 – Keeping Order at the Gaming Table

The Mythcreant Podcast

Oren, Mike, and Chris discuss how to handle misbehavior during a roleplaying session, particularly when removing troublemakers isn’t an option. They provide tips for dealing with players that bully, argue, or cheat, and preventing problems before they happen.  Read more »

Analysis

Five Villains Who Follow the Heroine’s Journey

I outlined the Heroine’s Journey last week, but it’s more fun to watch it in action. Because this structure is about a character who’s out of balance and makes a course correction, it’s often used for villains who take a heel-face turn. Here’s five villains … read more »

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