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Character Development and Storytelling for Games, Second Edition by Lee Sheldon

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POINT OF ATTACK

Point of attack: The term used to mark the moment that is picked as the opening to the story or scene. It is never at the very beginning of the plot.

“… the curtain rises when at least one character has reached a turning point in his life,” states Lajos Egri. “We must start a play at a point of decision, because that is the point at which the conflict starts and the characters are given a chance to expose themselves and the premise.” Remember when Egri speaks of “premise” to translate it to “theme.”

The Fellowship of the Ring appears to begin at the beginning. All is quiet in Hobbiton. War clouds do not loom. Yet Sauron is already rebuilding his power base and has dispatched his Nazgul to search for the ring. It doesn’t ...

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