Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.
— Ray Bradbury
You take people, you put them on a journey, you give them peril, you find out who they really are.
— Joss Whedon
I have a confession to make. I’ve been a geek for much, much longer than it’s been cool.
In fact, I’m a roleplaying game geek from way back.
I cut my storytelling teeth playing MERP, AD&D, Cyberpunk, Amber, World of Darkness, and many, many more games that will likely mean very little to anyone who isn’t also a roleplayer. And the lessons that I learned running and playing those games taught me more about how to tell a story than practically any other experience in my life.
So today I’d like to share with you how some of my roleplaying experiences relate to the interaction between character and plot. [Read more…]