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67 – Deep Worldbuilding

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Chris, Mike, and Oren get into the weeds of worldbuilding. How much culture is too much? What little details are distracting? And do you really need depth, or just an illusion of it? Read more »

66 – Show and Tell

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Ariel, Chris, and Oren describe the difference between showing elaborate spectacle and simply telling what happens. They discuss how showing can invoke deep emotions and contemplate when telling is warranted. Listen to hear how writers enhance storytelling with showing and telling. Read more »

65 – Antagonistic and Evil Organizations

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Mike, Chris, and Oren discuss what makes an antagonistic organization shine in fiction. They examine their favorites and describe villainous groups that failed to feel plausible or threatening. Listen in to find out how to make an evil organization a fan favorite. Read more »

64 – When to Use House Rules

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Oren, Mike, and Johnathan get into the weeds with roleplaying rulesets. They discuss problems with rules-as-written and when to follow designer intent vs. establishing house rules. Johnathan also gleefully explains why roleplaying games are just like practicing law. Read more »

63 – Favorite and Least Favorite Main Characters

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Oren, Mike, and Rhys discuss what traits a main character should or shouldn’t have and contrast their favorite and least favorite heroes. While they’re at it, they ask who or what Hawkeye is, spout excessive train puns, and contemplate earlobe fixations. Read more »

62 – Transitions Great and Small

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Chris, Ariel, and Oren discuss transitions in writing and other media. They describe what transitions need to accomplish and various techniques for transitioning between scenes. While they’re at it, they debate whether Harry Potter should have died … Read more »

61 – Stories That Do Diversity Right

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Oren, Mike, and Rhys rave about stories that handle diversity well. They detail what’s refreshing about each story and how works benefit from incorporating greater diversity. As they highlight the good aspects of many stories, they also discuss where a few stories fall short. Read more »

60 – Making Your Villains Sympathetic

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Chris, Oren, and Mike discuss how to craft villains that the audience can relate to. They describe different types of sympathetic villains, weigh the pros and cons of making villains relateable, and dissect examples of from popular media. Then they rejoice as Oren finally admits … read more »

59 – Should You Base Your Setting on History?

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Chris, Mike, and Oren discuss the ups and downs of using history in worldbuilding. They question whether historical realism is a worthwhile goal, cover the pitfalls of using the history of other cultures, and critique settings derived from real places and events. But mostly, they … read more »

58 – What We Liked as Kids

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Special guest Rhys joins Oren, Mike, and Chris for a question and answer session about the speculative fiction they loved as kids. They describe how they got into spec fic, what their favorite books and franchises were, and how their tastes changed as they got … read more »

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