A protagonist death can make the audience rage-quit. Is it worth it?
Downward turning points make failure feel satisfying.
In a truly tragic story, the hero fails because they made the wrong choice.
Some character deaths are gruesome while others are slapstick comedy.
How do you know which stories aren't yours to tell, and why should you care?
The movie isn't always worse than the book.
Audiences expect more from stories that feature distressing subject matter.
A thin garnish of gruesome tragedy won't make your story meaningful.
Both dark and comical elements can hinder a story.
Many stories use the possibility that the hero will die to keep the story tense.
Dark elements can help heighten drama, but if done poorly they'll just end up hollow.
Tragedy can make for high drama, but appropriating it from someone else can do real harm.
Five villains who said "We're not so different after all"—and were right about it.
Elly and Rhys are back this week, once again joining Oren to keep the podcast on course.
What your characters can learn from their mistakes—and how that learning can improve your story.
What to consider when crafting your protagonist with a morally gray streak.
How to make your ravenous cosmic beastie strike terror in your readers' hearts.
How to make players tremble at the sight of your dice—and keep coming back for more.
These tales will get your spine tingling in new and exciting ways.
These safeguards might make your PCs too comfortable, and we can't have that.