Q&A

When Is It Appropriate to Dispel the Mystery?

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Hey! So my question is how often a writer should utilize mystery and enigma in stories.

  •  In Star Wars, there was a huge fiasco when in the prequels they explained the nature of the Force, as many fans would have preferred it had been left ambiguous and unexplained.

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Roleplaying

Why RPG Combat Is Broken

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Gather round, all ye game masters, designers, and RPG enthusiasts: it is time for part two of this series on extended conflict-resolution rules in roleplaying games. We refer to these rules as “combat” for brevity’s sake, even though they often include rules for car chases, … read more »

Roleplaying

How RPG Combat Can Help the Story

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If your RPG upbringing was anything like mine, you were taught from a young age that combat and story are eternally opposed to each other. You were raised to believe that players are either obsessed with combat to the point of ignoring the narrative or … read more »