Fabletop: Beast Encounters Of The Nerd Kind

We Don’t Have To Fight. Let’s Do, Though!

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Welcome to the very first level, young adventurers! To get you started, let’s pit you against a monster perfect for learning the basics: TIAMAT!

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Oh, it’s one of THOSE campaigns.

Because the first thing you need to learn is that you are all DOOMED!

…What do you mean this isn’t appropriate for your levels?

…Well, how would YOU suggest we plan this encounter, then?

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Bosses: Commissioning Commanding Editors-in-Chief

Like any good complication in a story, they take things from “This can be easily done” to “We have a problem”.

So what do the Mayor of Townsville, J. Jonah Jameson, and King Arthur have in common?

…No, the answer is NOT facial hair!

It’s that they legally command the services of some of the most terrifying weapons of mass destruction in their world!

Besides, ever since that anime made King Arthur a girl in their lore, facial hair is not a sure thing. Unless you’re talking dwarf women (sometimes).

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Likability: Rating Character Approval

The audience can relate to them, meaning they see some of themselves in them: “Oh yes, I ALSO eat food in order to not die!”

Hey guys! I made the best character ever!

They’ve got a heart-wrenching, tragic backstory to make them morally complex, yet they are also relatable and always make the right choices!

Everyone that matters loves them and everyone that doesn’t is proven wrong as a mean stupid-head!

I gave them all the best lines and quotes, and the world comes to a halt unless they’re around!

…What do you mean YOU DON’T LIKE THEM? I just TOLD you to like them! What’s the deal with THAT?

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Final Week Fables: Does It Make A Sound?

“I was created with the ability to find humour at the expense of others. Personally, I find it quite fulfilling.”

Had a bunch of medium-to-big jobs, so took me longer to get over writer’s block. But here I am with another monthly short story! And the picture inspiring this yarn is:

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WHAT ARE YOU DOIN’ IN MY SWAMP?!

Contrary to all indications, the jolly green giant above does not mean that this is a Shrek fanfiction.

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Conflict Of Ideas: Black Panther vs. White Knight

Mind-control. The only thing you need to win a war of words.

In this corner, the ideas of the characters we’re supposed to root for! It’s what they stand for! It’s clearly the solution to the current problem!

In the other corner, the ideas opposed to them! Reasons and justifications for OTHER things!

What’s the handicap? Is it an even match? And IS THE REF LINING THEIR GLOVES WITH WEIGHTS? Or SLOW COUNTING WHEN THEY’RE KNOCKED DOWN?

When two ideas clash in a story, is it a REAL MATCH? Or a bout of PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING?

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Final Week Fables: Snowy Wings

Such Gryph. Much wing. So claw. Wow.

It’s that time of the month! So take a break from whatever politics, how-tos, motivationals, and whatever posts you normally read on the weekend, and stay awhile for a Final Week Fable, where I take a pic I found and write something about it!

And what is THIS week’s piece going to be based on?

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Such Gryph. Much wing. So claw. Wow.

Ah yes. Hello, gryphon, my old friend. My favourite of the fantasy creatures.

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Difficulty Levels: Git Gud, Heroes

You can’t just gradually farm enemies that get slightly stronger until you’re just one level behind a boss.

In life, we know conflict. Strife. Difficulty levels.

There’s easy. Normal. Hard. Extreme. And Cuphead/Dark Souls. The measures which tell us just how hard a time the protagonists will have.

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While you, the writer, make this face.

And as it is the sacred duty of writers to give our characters a hard time, it pays to understand just how BADLY our torture devices/writing tools will hurt them.

Oh, and uh, how that reads for the audience. Of course.

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