Monthly Archives: August 2013


Episode 23 – Narrative Structure (Science of Storytelling, Part 1)


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Two major announcements: This is the first episode in our new “Science of Storytelling” series; and Save Against Fear, a remarkable gaming convention and fundraiser for sexually traumatized kids, is the weekend of October 11th-13th. You’re going to be hearing much more about Save Against Fear in the future!

In this episode, Grant, Peter, and Branden (but mostly Branden) explain the continuous plot structure used in almost all movie scripts. (See our full show notes for a copy of that outline!) Then, Branden walks us through creating an actual plot for a game using the outline he laid out in the first half of the episode.

Scripture for this episode: Psalms 19:14Philippians 4:8

The full outline we used in this episode:

  • Opening Image
  • The Set-up/Theme Stated
  • The Catalyst
    • Changes the world irrevocably; no going back
  • The Debate
    • Sometimes the refusal of the call; provide choices and alternative actions
  • Break into 2
  • B Story
    • In movies, usually romantic; in a game, perhaps one per PC
  • Fun and Games
    • The promise of the premise
  • Mid point
    • Either a “false defeat” or a “false victory”
  • Bad guys close in
  • All is lost
    • Either “false victory” or “false defeat” (The opposite of what ever the midpoint was, but it should be related to the midpoint twist)
    • The ‘whiff of death’
  • Dark Night of the Soul
  • Break into 3
    • B-story should pay off here to provide hope
  • Finale
  • Final Image

Episode 22 – Morals in Stories


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Back when we recorded this episode, Saving the Game had just turned one year old! That’s pretty awesome! A big thanks to all of our listeners, old and new.

In this episode, Grant, Peter, and Branden discuss morality in storytelling: How to effectively tell stories with moral lessons without pontificating, without insulting the other players at the table, and without taking away player agency. Peter also references an episode of Extra Credits“Beyond Fun” (S5E8).

Scripture: Micah 6:8Proverbs 22:6Galatians 6:7


Welcome to the new Saving the Game site!

Saving the Game has switched to Podbean for our web hosting—they’re specifically designed for podcasts and as such, require much less maintenance. Unfortunately, that also means we have a bit less control over things like RSS feeds and core WordPress settings, so a few things have changed.

First, our RSS feed is now at http://savingthegame.podbean.com/feed.  This is also going to be our ‘default’ feed for podcast aggregators like RPGPodcasts.com, which means blog posts and the like will creep in. This is probably the biggest inconvenience for longtime listeners, and we apologize—we’d have kept our feed URL the same if we could, but we just don’t have a means to do so with the changes we’ve had to make to our website structure and DNS records.
Second, our backlog will have to be slowly refreshed over the coming months. We have a limited amount of storage growth per month, and our first priority is new episodes rather than old content. I suspect that at the end of each month, we’ll be uploading several backlog episodes in one go.
Third, certain convenient website links, like our social media links and our syndication sidebar, will have to be redone from scratch.
Other than that, we should be pretty much back on our feet. We apologize for the downtime, and we should be getting new content back out to you quickly!