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by phillybudd
Dec 09, 2012 4:55 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Different Take On "The Descendants"
Replies: 3
Views: 1901

Re: Different Take On "The Descendants"

As the book says, being a "Doer" does *not* mean that the character does not also work out things internally, just that his or her preferred method is to work out things externally. The opposite also applies. My MC in the novel I'm working on is a Doer, but there are many passages where he...
by phillybudd
Nov 10, 2012 11:27 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Character Moments
Replies: 1
Views: 3047

Re: Character Moments

Presumably all of your characters have *some* relationship or other with the main character. They do not need to interact with *each other* to present the opposition. In the story I'm working on for example, there are two characters who are often in opposed squares who both interact regularly with t...
by phillybudd
Nov 09, 2012 7:23 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: IC unique ability of Deficiency
Replies: 2
Views: 3201

Re: IC unique ability of Deficiency

Yes, thanks! So, it turns out I haven't been neglecting that part of his role at all. Everyone thinks that the IC mentor is the primary antagonist's grovelling toady, and so they have little respect for him. It turns out later, however, that... well, I don't want to give away everything. So the &quo...
by phillybudd
Nov 05, 2012 3:19 pm
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: IC unique ability of Deficiency
Replies: 2
Views: 3201

IC unique ability of Deficiency

Chris, I'm wondering if there any examples you could offer, either extant or synthetic, of an IC having a unique ability of Deficiency. This is one aspect of my IC I've been neglecting because I haven't quite wrapped my head around it. The MC is the IC's wizardly apprentice. Perhaps it would be usef...
by phillybudd
Sep 20, 2012 8:32 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: So why not use this forum?
Replies: 1
Views: 1442

So why not use this forum?

It seems the Dramatica users have been bouncing around all over the place over the last year or so, largely thanks to Jim Hull. When I suggested he was reinventing the wheel by trying to create a new forum (which he has done multiple times now), when this forum already existed, my post was responded...
by phillybudd
Sep 20, 2012 7:16 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Doctor-patient confidentiality as Preconditions
Replies: 3
Views: 1979

Re: Doctor-patient confidentiality as Preconditions

Keep in mind that the critical flaw can be external, which you already have built in: The physician has a critical flaw of the precondition of patient confidentiality. I asked a similar question a while back. My main character's critical flaw was Falsehood. I certainly didn't see him as a liar, but ...
by phillybudd
Sep 06, 2012 2:30 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Consequence Character
Replies: 3
Views: 3216

Re: Consequence Character

Given how you describe the "Shadow Character," it seems to me that it belongs more to the story-weaving or story-telling realms, rather than the story-forming (structural) realm. Your description fits almost exactly my Contagonist, who represents what the MC is in danger of becoming if he ...
by phillybudd
Aug 12, 2012 3:21 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Acts, signposts & scene order
Replies: 15
Views: 7623

Re: Acts, signposts & scene order

I think your question has been answered multiple times and in great detail.
by phillybudd
Jul 10, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Calling Chris Huntley...PC
Replies: 6
Views: 3232

Re: Calling Chris Huntley...PC

Frankly I'm surprised you didn't choose to code it in Java, so that the same application could run on every platform.
by phillybudd
Jul 04, 2012 11:12 am
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Calling Chris Huntley...PC
Replies: 6
Views: 3232

Re: Calling Chris Huntley...PC

Chris -- If you need any contribution of time toward the Windows version, I'm available! I assume it will be in .NET -- I have been coding in .NET for over 10 years (my day job), and have also been writing iPhone apps using objective C for about a year, so can easily translate the code there. Also v...
by phillybudd
Jun 04, 2012 5:16 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Visual Story Engine
Replies: 2
Views: 3663

Re: Visual Story Engine

Hm, good question. I only tried it with the "layman's" terms -- actually the way the program works, I don't think it will matter. I'll try it out with the alternative terminology.
by phillybudd
Apr 29, 2012 2:55 pm
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Scene & Sequel in Dramatica
Replies: 4
Views: 5083

Re: Scene & Sequel in Dramatica

I agree with everything Stephen said. One thing I have said here many times (but is worth repeating) is that Dramatica is providing a CONTEXT from which to tell your story. I have also used other books on story telling (too many to mention), and some of them mesh well with the Dramatica concept of c...
by phillybudd
Apr 29, 2012 3:53 am
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Visual Story Engine
Replies: 2
Views: 3663

Visual Story Engine

I was asked to re-post this here -- I have created a little web page that let's you import the story engine file (export from the reports screen), and see where there are thematic relationships in your story form. Mac users: when you save the file from Dramatica, make sure it has the .txt suffix, or...
by phillybudd
Apr 14, 2012 12:39 pm
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: Main vs. Impact Characters
Replies: 5
Views: 3805

Re: Main vs. Impact Characters

I think it is most useful to think of Dramatica as providing a context from which you are telling your stories. It sounds to me, based on your last post, like you might want to treat each story as a separate context from which you are exploring your thematic ideas. So, perhaps creating a separate st...
by phillybudd
Mar 27, 2012 4:19 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Archetypes - software question
Replies: 13
Views: 5171

Re: Archetypes - software question

I didn't address all your questions here -- but you can open more than one file at a time. Go to Edit -> Preferences. Then in the General tab, look for the item "File menu can open multiple stories", and tick the checkbox. Now you can have multiple open files, but you must open them from t...
by phillybudd
Mar 27, 2012 4:15 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Archetypes - software question
Replies: 13
Views: 5171

Re: Archetypes - software question

Hi K, if you already have your story form in place and then assign the characters to various archetypes, their position in the grid will be assigned based on the story form. Normally, assigning a character as Protagonist, for example, will place him/her in the Consider and Pursuit blocks within Moti...
by phillybudd
Mar 05, 2012 4:41 am
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: When will next update of Dramatica Pro be available?
Replies: 81
Views: 56998

Re: When will next update of Dramatica Pro be available?

Please let me know! I would love to beta test.

Jeff Cotton
jefferycotton@gmail.com
by phillybudd
Nov 02, 2011 2:29 pm
Forum: Dramatica Theory
Topic: MC Symptom of Pursuit and he is not the Protagonist
Replies: 3
Views: 3435

Re: MC Symptom of Pursuit and he is not the Protagonist

Ed,

you may also want to check out these Dramatica forums, which are a lot more active than this one:

http://convore.com/dramatica/

http://dramaticaquery.com/
by phillybudd
Oct 19, 2011 1:52 pm
Forum: Practical Dramatica
Topic: Character Build Quads
Replies: 6
Views: 3429

Re: Character Build Quads

I just realized I misunderstood your question... in the standard archetypal characters, the Emotion character WILL have both feeling and uncontrolled in those two blocks. The Contagonist character will have both Temptation and Hinder, etc. You create complex characters when you switch some of these ...

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