Characterization Exercise: Try to Be Civil!

This one was originally suggested to me by Shinali, though I’ve elaborated on it a bit.
For this characterization exercise, you’ll need two characters who, if they were to run into each other in most contexts, would be at each other’s throats—physically, verbally, or otherwise. They don’t necessarily have to be from the same world, but [...]

The Generic Villain Preempts and Overthinks

Over the last two weeks, I’ve talked about anticipating the ulterior motives behind an opponent’s surrender and how to react to them. But just because you know what their strengths are doesn’t mean you shouldn’t also be thinking about their imposed weaknesses as you bring them in. After all, you’re not just chucking them in [...]

The Generic Villain: Why’d They Give Up?

Last week, I started talking about ways to figure out whether an opponent’s surrender really is the victory we want or whether we’re about to be dealing with the Trojan Enemy, focusing on whether it makes sense for them to have surrendered at this point and under these circumstances. This week, let’s look at the [...]

The Generic Villain: Were They Supposed To Say “Uncle”?

“I surrender.” Sometimes it seems like it’s the only logical thing for the foe to say. Sometimes it’s what you’ve been wanting to hear ever since Narrative Causality chucked this upstart into your path (or you decided this one would be perfect head minion material; it’s the fight that counts). Sometimes it’s the two little [...]

Characterization Exercise: Who’s Your Ideal Enemy?

There’s a lot to be said about the peculiar dance between two enemies: a blend of mutual hatred, a peculiar sort of chemistry, and who knows what in the middle. It makes conflicts interesting—but like a good romance, it requires that the two enemies be, in their own way, a good match.
And you can learn [...]