Podcast

23 – Dark and Gritty Reboots

The Mythcreant Podcast

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 »

Roleplaying

Three Tips for Beating Your Players

The Foot of God from Monty Python's Flying Circus

Gaming is about winning, and roleplaying is no exception. Some gamers will argue that roleplaying is a cooperative endeavor, and GMs shouldn’t be trying to “beat” their players. You know what I think? I think those gamers are players, and probably not very good ones. … read more »

Writing

Distinguishing Characters in Dialogue

One of the challenges of writing strong dialogue is making each character sound unique. Without different speaking styles, it’s hard for readers to tell who’s speaking, and conversations become lackluster. Luckily, there’s a variety of options for distinguishing characters in dialogue. Read more »

Roleplaying

Five Mechanics That Will Make Your Game Worse

Rules are absolutely essential to roleplaying games. We wouldn’t have much of a ‘game’ without them. They give us a structure in which to tell epic stories of heroism and, of course, to murder orcs for their precious copper pieces. Unfortunately, not all rules are good. Read more »

Analysis

The Latest Godzilla Honors the Classic Kaiju

Gareth Edwards’ newest addition to the Godzilla franchise is out, and it’s a wonderful example of the right way to make a monster movie. At its worst, a remake exploits the audience’s passing familiarity of the property to cash in with big blockbuster special effects, thereby blatantly missing what … read more »

Storytelling

Six Types of Character Flaws

Perfect characters kill tension with ruthless efficiency. It’s really hard to get interested in what they’re working through, because it’s obvious they’ll succeed. Characters that overcome obstacles despite a serious handicap seem stronger than ones who don’t. Read more »

Storytelling

Removing the Creeps From Romance

For as long as we can remember, storytellers have depicted idealized romances that would translate to abusive, unhealthy relationships in real life. Now audiences are starting to catch on, and anyone who wants their story to last has to update old conventions. Read more »

Roleplaying

Three Types of Roleplaying Mechanics

When I mention mechanics in a roleplaying game, most people will think about attacking with a sword or using magic to blast their enemies off the face of reality. That’s not what we’re talking about today. Instead, it’s time to examine the rules that govern … read more »

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