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

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Actors

Live performances require improvisational skills. Do not ask too much of your actors. Giving a journalist character a notebook is a perfectly valid way of letting them check to make sure they’re hitting the necessary plot and character points in a dialogue. Forcing them to memorize lines can get in the way of the improvisation. They should know the characters they’re portraying at least as well as you the writer. Trust them. If they mess up—they are human after all—be flexible. Adjust.

Live actors in ARGs improvise on the spot. Don’t write them dialogue, unless an occasional specific line is extraordinarily important such as a catchphrase or a clue. In The Lost Manuscript, I first wrote an episode for that week’s class. Here’s Episode ...

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