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26 – Best and Worst Romances

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Oren, Chris, and Mike rant and rave about romance stories in speculative fiction. They discuss the problems with one-offs, love at first sight, and characters written only as love interests. They gush about couples that are unconventional, and cringe over romances that are creepy or … read more »

25 – Parents as Characters

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Chris, Oren, and Mike discuss the depiction of parents in popular stories. They describe why so many parents are cast in a negative light, share their favorite parent characters, and rediscover sexism for the gazillionth time. Read more »

24 – Magic Systems in Roleplaying

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Oren, Mike, and Chris dissect spell mechanics across roleplaying systems. They talk about the best and worst magic systems, and discuss the challenges inherent to building rules for magic workers. Read more »

23 – Dark and Gritty Reboots

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Oren, Mike, and Chris discuss the trend of remaking stories with a darker and more realistic feel. They delve into stories that handled the additional realism well, and those that destroyed what was valuable about the original. Read more »

21 – Anti-Heroes

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Mike, Oren, and Chris are confounded by all-encompassing definition of anti-heroes on TV Tropes. Oren shares his theory that all characters are either boring, anti-heroes, or Captain Picard. Chris asks why there aren’t female anti-heroes that aren’t also antagonists, and Mike describes anti-hero tricksters, templars, and … read more »

20 – Bringing Utopias and Dystopias to Life

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Oren, Chris, and Mike discuss utopias, dystopias, and their use in storytelling and worldbuilding. They question what’s required to create a utopia or dystopia, and debate whether utopian settings can work for stories. Featuring Dinotopia, Star Trek, and Grimdark. Read more »

19 – Character Death

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Chris, Oren, and Mike discuss the great dilemma of whether or not to kill a character. They describe the storytelling problems created by this dilemma, and question the difference between good character deaths and bad ones. Read more »

18 – Subverting Expectations

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Oren, Chris, and Mike talk about breaking conventions in stories. They discuss works that offer delightful surprises to their audience, and contrast them with works that simply fail expectations. They also talk about Star Trek. A lot. Read more »

17 – When Stories Become Self-Aware

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Mike, Oren, and Chris talk about stories in which characters use their knowledge of dramatic structure to anticipate what will happen next. They discuss worlds where story mechanics influence reality, and describe how self-awareness is used for parodies and subversions. Read more »

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