Tag Archive | characters

TV Tropes Monday: Second Law My Ass


  Tweet of the Day: Industrial Fantasies East and West¬† Asimov’s Three Law of Robotic Ethics are as follows: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict […]

TV Tropes: Love to Hate


    Tweet of the Day: Stranger Things: A Dungeons & Dragons History Check I sign of good writing is when a story contains one or more villains that we Love to Hate. A good villain is one that the audience relishes even as they despise them. But creating such a character is not easy. […]

TV Tropes Monday: Character Witness


  Tweet of the Day: Lilac and NaNoWriMo Prep ——- The Hero helps a hapless bystander background-character type early in the story. Then when said Hero needs help guess who come up from out of nowhere: the Character Witness. The trope serves three functions: Show the Hero/Protagonist altruism Foreshadows a future event Allows the Hero/Protagonist […]

TV Tropes Monday: Prisoner’s Plot Dilemma


    Tweet of the Day: Why It Might Actually Suck to Live in the Harry Potter Universe ——- This is the second trope I’ve discovered yet I could not find on the TV Tropes page: the Prisoner’s Plot Dilemma. So, what is the Prisoner’s Plot Dilemma? It is when a character is: When a […]

World Building Wednesday: What Your Characters Say About the World


Tweet of the Day: WIP Wednesday – Headaches and Confusion ——- You spent hours upon countless hours crafting a lovely world for your story. With gusto you created mighty deities whose power spans time and space, majestic snow covered mountains to take the reader’s breath away, dark mysterious forces to challenge the characters…. Wait, what […]

TV Tropes Monday: Sacrificial Lamb/Sacrificial Lion


Tweet of the Day: The Appeal of “Good Guy” Heroes In Sci-Fi Romance ——- Nothing serves to raise the stakes in a story than the death of character. It serves as shorthand for, “Things are/just got serious.” So it should not come as a surprise that writers mark certain characters for the grave in order […]

TV Tropes Monday: Standard Evil Empire Hierarchy


  Tweet of the Day: Call for Submissions: Issue 5 of Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly ——– To quote the tropes page: Running The Empire is hard work. No Dark Lord, no matter how powerful and feared, can manage everything on his own and a military-style hierarchy is usually the best of delegating tasks to the various […]

Lessons from the Aether: RPGs and Character Creation


Tweet of the Day: The Volatile Mr. Poe: A Charleston Chronicle¬† ——- Roleplaying games are all about playing a role of a character in a giving space. Many, if not all RPGs, are based or influence by various speculative fiction genres such as sword and sandal, space opera, and cyberpunk to name a few. While […]

Ties that Bind


Tweet of the Day: Before the fall- Part 2 ——- As many of you know, I am an avid gamer of both video games and tabletop RPGs. When you combine that fact with a passion for writing you end up with the desire to give your game characters a bit more than a name, class, […]

Lessons from the Aether: AD&D and Transitioning Your Heroes from Outsiders to Insiders


  Tweet of the Day: Character or Ciphers? Which Are You Casting in Your Story? ——- Heroes are often outsiders, people with little socioeconomic power or rebels against the status quo. But once they defeat the bad guy and are given a position of power, the story is over. Few writers can make the transition […]