I Spent Winter Break Playing that Futuristic Game that Takes Place in the Year 2077

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Jan. 11, 2021




Last month, I bit the bullet and downloaded the simulation video game that is at the center of much controversy at the moment because of its performance on older generation console systems. The game in question is Cyberpunk 2077, a game that takes place fifty-seven years in the future where ...


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Back From The Dead

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Jan. 2, 2021



So we've talked often about how letting a character die in a story is something that should be used very frugally, because once death occurs, it should be permanent. In most settings, death shouldn't be something that is reversible. If not, it will lose its impact, and the ...

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Final Secret Santa 2020 Gift Art Submissions

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Dec. 28, 2020



The Secret Santa Art Exchange Community Project has come to a close this year with ten total participants creating wonderful new pieces of gift art.

The requests were very innovative with gift suggestions ranging from a Ukrainian flowering bush all the way to depictions of the AI Battleground set to ...



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Exploiting Death

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 19, 2020




When a character the story's cast and audience identify and are familiar with dies, the effect is, or should be, monumental.

Not only because that effectively ends that character's journey (and arc), but also because as an event it has immediate ramifications for all the surviving characters.

First ...






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The Crime Genre

Banes at 12:00AM, Dec. 17, 2020



Many of the conversations online that concern “genre fiction” generally mean sci/fi, fantasy and horror. This stuff is distinguished from “mainstream” genres like contemporary dramas and comedies, and period pieces that are…well, dramas and comedies. it also doesn't include big genres like romance and psychological thrillers.

The ...



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getting on track with subplots

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Dec. 11, 2020



A subplot is a co-current narrative that runs alongside the main plot, often providing context, character development or further world building. They can be used to build further tension, explore other perspectives or themes.

The theme is what the overall story means. A subplot allows you to lend more emotional ...



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Danko's Flaming Heart

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Dec. 5, 2020




I couldn't have been older than 11 when I read The Flaming Heart of Danko by Maxim Gorky. And boy, did it cut me with the finest of fine glass. Even now thinking about the short story hurts somewhere deep in my soul.

And yet, I love it so ...




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Secret Santa 2020 Sign-Ups

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Nov. 30, 2020



Link:
https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/forum/topic/178553/


While staring at the calendar this afternoon, I noticed: 1) It is still November and 2) it is still 2020. If anyone is looking for a small project to devote a whole afternoon, or looking to receive a bit of holiday cheer ...





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The Significance of Names (Part 2)

Tantz_Aerine at 12:00AM, Nov. 28, 2020



When constructing your world, be it in fantasy or within a realistic/historical/existing place, the names you pick are very important.

They are important for suspension of disbelief and immersion: how consistent the names are, how congruent with what reality the audience reasonably comes to expect within the framework ...



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"Just practice" - Giving better advice

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, Nov. 20, 2020



I remember when I was younger and looking to improve my skills, I was often met with “Just practice,”. Although the intentions behind the adage were well meaning, that did not help me improve. As I’ve gotten older, I found myself at times, usually when I was tired myself ...

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