Tag Archives: Robin D Laws


[This was originally posted on Gametime, please post any comments there.] I was very excited when BubbleGumshoe was announced because it seemed like the first iteration of the game engine that would be about detection first and foremost. What was … Continue reading

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Conflict in Stargate & Stargate Atlantis

Morgue’s long study of seasons 1-3 of Buffy the Wampire Slayer provides a fairly clear set of methods they use for creating conflict, which I somewhat simply express as Myth-As-Metaphor: the ordinary concerns of life are horrifically recast into literally … Continue reading

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Equalizer [2014]

The Equalizer got a kicking from some critics and I couldn’t help feel some of them were upset that it was a “genre” outing. The opening gambit of the review in the Telegraph was to criticise its “threadbare plot, clichéd villains, … Continue reading

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True Detective [Season 1]

The attempts I’ve seen so far to engage with True Detective tend to try using a big prism of some kind. For example, when Ken and Robin talked about it a few weeks ago, Robin was interested in parsing it … Continue reading

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Indiana Jones and the Story-facing Character

In “Player-Facing Scenarios”, I discussed one approach to thinking about the interaction of story and character. I described an ideal, where it is not possible to disentangle the two in a meaningful way, and offered a few ways of thinking … Continue reading

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Justified [Season 1]

I was listening to an interview with Paul Thomas Anderson where he talked about the critical reception for The Master. He said there were some positive and some negative, but that what he appreciated about the response generally was that … Continue reading

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PodCast Roundup

One of the frequent topics of discussion amongst my peers is what PodCasts are worthwhile. What we each listen to and why. Please comment with any worthy PodCasts that I’ve not tried.

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Mash on Hulk on Man of Steel

Hamish asked whether I had read Hulk’s break-down of Man of Steel and whether I had comments. I hadn’t, but now that I have, I have some comments and some different perspectives. My general feeling about Hulk is that he … Continue reading

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Red Harvest: Beat Analysis

The process of doing a “Beat” analysis begins by breaking the text into pieces. Deciding where to break the text requires reading the text closely and looking for changes in emotion and/or function. Each piece is then assigned basically an … Continue reading

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Red Harvest: Introduction

Hammett’s first novel was originally published serially in Black Mask starting in 1927. It was part of an initiative by the editor of Black Mask to transform his short-story writers into novelists, because novels are more prestigious. This is a long-term marketing … Continue reading

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