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Article - 'How To Create A Non-Cliche Plot' by Dart64

An item about Plots/Characters posted on Aug 9, 2003

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An article concerning originality, inspiration and basic plot formation

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How To Create A Non-Cliche Successful Plot
By: Dart64
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NOTE TO THE READER:
This tutorial will help anybody who is making a game
and having trouble with forming a main storyline/plot.
Any examples that are provided within this tutorial
can be used by anyone,they're free to use.
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I. Getting Ideas
II. Keeping Your Story Original
III. Basic Plot Formation
IV. Examples
V. Credits
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I. Getting Ideas

Some of us can think of a creative,original
idea for a game just like that.But some of us
need some help getting ideas for games.
Most of us don't know what we can do
to make ideas flow into our brain.
I suggest,now,this is just me,might not work
for you or anyone else,but when I need an
idea for a game,I listen to music,usually
soft rock,that gets me in a mood where
I can think and i am determined.You could
watch a movie,listen to music,read a book,
and suddenly ideas could flow though your
head.Results vary from person to person
so don't PM me saying "Your Advice Didn't
Work!".

II. Keeping Your Story Original

When you are working on a story
for a game you are making,it is best
to keep away from most cliche' story
elements.These elements include
characters,character names,main story
idea,ect.Basically,the point I'm getting
across here is try not to do anything
that has already been done in a game.
Sometimes it is very hard to keep your
story original,but other times its a snap.
To keep your story original,try not to
play a lot of RPGs or Video Games
before you work on the story.This
is usually the best technique to make
sure you don't try and copy someone's
work.I reccommend not playing RPGs
for 18 hours and then start coming
up with ideas,character names and
profiles,ect. After You play an RPG
is the WORST time to work on a story.
At that time,you have memories of that RPG,
and your favorite parts you will try to re-create.
Now,this is fine,if you're doing a fan game.
But the majority of the community try
to do original games with original characters,
plots,and scenarios.

III. Basic Plot Formation

A Plot is made up of the
Problem,Solution,Scenario,and main
result.A story for a game
contains much more than
just the plot,so if you read
this to find out how to create
original characters,ect. look
out for my other articles/tutorials
that I will be writing.
Now,the first thing you do is come
up with the scenario.What is the setting?
Is this a Futuristic RPG,a medieval RPG,
a modern RPG?Or other?
The scenario is the main setting of the game.
After you've come up with a scenario,
work out the best possible problem that
could plauge the heroes of this RPG.
An example for a futuristic RPG would be
that space colonies are trying to destroy the
Earth.That kind of thing.What's the main
problem?Now,come up with a solution
for that problem,based on events that happen
in your story.Next,the main result.
What happens after this problem is solved?
Here's an example of the basic plot:

Scenario: Futuristic RPG
Problem: Space Colonies Trying To Destroy Planet Earth
Solution: Earth's Special Forces and Space Colony Leaders Sign Treaty
Main result: Earth and Space Colonies Live in peace

This is the basic formation of a plot.
Making the plot before making characters,ect.
helps you to create more original things and helps to
make more ideas flow through your mind.

VI. Examples

Here are examples of basic plots that are for free use.
They are just a few people can use to base stories.
Here they are:

Scenario: Futuristic RPG
Problem: Space Colonies Trying To Destroy Planet Earth
Solution: Earth's Special Forces and Space Colony Leaders Sign Treaty
Main result: Earth and Space Colonies Live in peace

Scenario: Medieval RPG
Problem: Evil Warlord Threatens World With Dark Magic
Solution: Warlord Gets Defeated By Hero
Main result: Everyone Lives in Peace

Scenario: Modern RPG
Problem: Gang Of Bullies Threaten You
Solution: You learn to fight and defend yourself
Main result: noone messes with you

V. Credits

All Examples were made by Dart64.
This article/tutorial was written By Dart64
Not To Be Reproduced Without Proper Permission