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On Dragon Age and Science

A couple of things to talk about today.

The first is something I haven’t spoken much about. I am currently¬† in the outline stages of my first Dragon Age module. This module will focus on only two backgrounds, each being a different perspective of the same events. I really enjoyed how in the base game you would come across events that took place for all the starting origins. Each time you would get a glimpse of that story from another point of view.¬† With that in mind, and how intrigued I am by the plight of the City Elves, I began to write.

I am currently finished plotting out the City Elf section, and will soon be done with the Human story.¬† Once I’ve completed outlining them both, I’ll begin working on the dialogue trees. This is my first foray into deep intricate dialogue trees, but I think it will be a lot of fun. The most challenging thing about this type of writing, I am discovering, is making sure you have a solid and engaging story, with several possible ways to reach the end; while maintaining believable characters and interaction.

Once I get some dialogue trees written out, I’ll post a few samples.

The second thing I wanted to talk about is Science. Specifically science in speculative fiction. While working on Dragon Age I am also researching what new trends are happening within the science field, in order to get some inspiration on how I should handle technology in my Complex novel. There is some amazing stuff happening in the world of science right now that sends my little writer brain into a tizzy.

But I have come to realize that most of it is over my head, and it makes me wonder. Should I try and make the science as “real” as possible– leaning towards hard sci-fi. Or should I just throw it all to the wind, go Dr. Who style, and just let the fantasy fly. I would like to think there is a good middle ground. Being believable enough, while still allowing room for yourself, as a writer, to have some fun. Many sci-fi writers I have been studying from have said, “As long as the rules stay consistent you will be fine” (or some variation like that). While that is a comforting thought, I know as a reader there have been many times that I didn’t even agree with the rule itself. Some rules just break things too much for me to take seriously.

I guess this is something I will discover the more I write and the more I work on the “science” of my world. Maybe if I believe in it enough, so will you.

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