Roleplaying

Five Ways to Rein in Your Power Gaming

Do you laugh off attacks that would crush the well-equipped fighter standing next to you? Do you kill every vampire before the other Hunters can get off a single shot? For every social encounter, are you just saying either “Bluff” or “Diplomacy” and then nodding … read more »

Analysis

Six Female Archetypes of Stephen King

Stephen King* has published over sixty books since 1974 and has at least five film adaptations in development purgatory at any given time. He has no shortage of opinions on his chosen field and the audience he sells it to, which he celebrated in his … read more »

Worldbuilding

The Mechanics of Dystopian Settings

The skies are darkened with soot and ash, and marauding bandits are ravaging the countryside. Sound familiar? Dystopian worlds focus on failed governments and societies where things can range from bad to worse. Dystopian settings are gritty, grim, and have a heavy focus on decay … read more »

Writing

Nine Questions to Ask About Your Draft

You’ve worked long and hard, finally completing the first draft of your story. You could send it to others for feedback, but before you do, stretch your storytelling skills by thinking critically about your work. Does your beginning hold its weight? Is your middle taut … read more »

Analysis

41 – Good and Bad Adaptations

The Mythcreant Podcast

Oren, Chris, and Mike discuss adaptations from one story medium to another. They describe why adaptations are better or worse then their source material, and list their favorite and least favorite adaptations. Read more »

Roleplaying

Fiasco Teaches Us to Love When Our Characters Fail

Fiasco by Billy Pulpit Games is one of the best-known examples of a “story game” RPG: narrative-heavy, rules-light, often made for GM-less one-shot play. Popular for being featured on the first season of Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop, it’s stayed relevant because it’s great at what it … read more »

Analysis

Ten Gender Reversals We Need in Our Stories

We tell the same stories to ourselves over and over. That’s okay; people are comforted by the same themes and drawn to the same conflicts. Unfortunately, we also can repeat tropes just because we never thought critically about them. And when we do that, we … read more »

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