Episode 273 - Promoting Side Characters

May 30, 2016

After last week's massive DD meetup (Next one is on the 18th, BE THERE!), we're back to the core group… me and my side characters, hahaha! Banes, Pitface, and Tantz Aerine join me to discuss the topic of promoting from within the ranks. I did a newspost about this last Thursday (linked bellow), the thrust of which was that when you need new main characters it's so much better and more fun to mine them from earlier in your stories rather than introducing them whole and new minted. This doesn't have to be an unplanned thing though- you can do like Banes or Amelius and have it all designed in advance. What they do is lightly introduce main characters AS side characters initially, knowing they'll be promoted to main status later on, either way it works the same- they fit better in the world of the story, the have more “history” and the audience finds them easier to accept, as we discuss in the Quackcast. Still though, when things aren't so planed, it can be so rewarding when creations grow and find their own voices. This week's theme by Gunwallace is for XTIN , it's weirdly Indian and mournful in a beautiful way that is PERFECT for Xitin!



Prototype at 1:30AM, June 1, 2016

I liked the goofiness of it. Different costumes etc. made it fun to watch.

Ozoneocean at 4:55PM, May 31, 2016

We took a break from that because they didn't seem popular but we can start it up again at some stage maybe:) maybe we'll try next week?

Prototype at 2:09PM, May 31, 2016

Do you still video record these? I noticed there haven't been any new youtube uploads for a while.

Banes at 7:40AM, May 31, 2016

I agree too. Good call!

Ozoneocean at 7:06AM, May 31, 2016

I agree totally EJB :)

ejb at 6:02AM, May 31, 2016

I think side characters often become popular with the audience because they can grow more organically. You see them a few times and bits of back story can be revealed little by little as the story allows. In contrast, the main character(s) are there from the beginning and tend to have a lot explained about them just to get the story going.

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