Articles By Author - C.S. Soloman

Drama vs. Realism vs. Game: Scenes

The heroes are in the middle of a political campaign, trying to win the support of the populace for their next effort. A key constituency is the kobolds of the Kobold Ghetto, and the players have decided to gain its favor by showing the kobolds that they have a lot in common. They decide to help out in the mines, buy drinks for kobolds at the local taverns, hand out coins, and generally do a lot of little things that add up to the support of...

Drama vs. Realism vs. Game: Maximum Effort

A super-strong hero needs to save his girlfriend—it’s the most important thing he has ever done. Problem is, she’s trapped under a bus that’s heavier than anything he’s ever lifted. What happens next? Realism In a realistic scenario, the hero has a finite and quantifiable amount of strength. Either the bus is too heavy for him, in which case he is unsuccessful, or it’s not too heavy, in which case he is successful. End of story. Drama In a...

Storytelling, Life, and RPGs: Pacing in RPGs

The heroes have fought their way through a swath of enemies in the dungeon, only to find themselves outside the final room—the one that contains a cult leader making vile sacrifices, and all of the cult’s treasure. Exhausted and out of resources, instead of pressing on, the adventurers decide to make camp and sleep for the night before facing the cult leader in the morning—right outside his inner sanctum. What happens next? Realism In a...

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