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Action/Adventure: January 20, 2021 Issue [#10570]

 This week: The Adventuring Party
  Edited by: Lt. Storm Machine
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2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
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About This Newsletter

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”
-Saint Augustine

“The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.”
-Henry David Thoreau

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.”
-John Augustus Shedd

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”
— John Muir

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Letter from the editor

Do we talk about the adventure of being with a team, on a team? Do we talk about what is expected? So many times our adventuring teams are about a specific goal, and they're not all about the different things that they could be. No one ties them together from the beginning, but we pretend that it happens that way. Sometimes we have besties from forever who are carted off together.

When we create characters for an adventuring party, how much do you consider the things that bring them together and the things that will tear them apart? When we follow more than one protagonist, they're both going to change. Sometimes that brings them together, and sometimes the opposite happens.

Those sorts of circumstances work well in romantic sorts of plots. But what if that isn't your main focus? You still have to deal with the changing dynamics of a relationship as it goes through the adventure. We don't always get to choose who to take with us, or we need the skills of a specific person.

Some adults navigate this pretty well during the working years. And some become drama llamas. Drama works great in books. Not so great in the workplace.

When you assemble a team or committee, do you only choose your friends, or do you look for the most qualified around you? Are you able to be bigger than the circumstances and allow yourself to do the things that need to be done, or are you working to figure out how to manage all of the different circumstances to go in your favor?

If the best person for the job is someone you don't like, do you ask them to do it anyway? Do you volunteer someone else because that person is simply too much to work with? Do you find a way to work with only the people you like even if they aren't the best suited for the task at hand? Do you always hold that grudge for later because you cannot and will not forget about a small slight from the last time you were paired with that person?

One hero cannot do everything alone. Even James Bond had help from time to time, even if he thought he didn't want or need it. So think about your hero, and how amazing they are and aren't, and see what can be done to bolster that person. And also bother that person. Both of those turn pages, and it's unlikely a hero will like everyone they encounter along the way.

Just don't forget to create multiple types of personalities. Not everyone knows the answer or the news or the weather or the time when asked. And some characters just keep it to themselves if they don't outright lie.

Do we encounter characters like that enough? Where you don't know whether to trust them or not, even if you would believe someone else saying the exact same words? That the perspective is wrong, that the delivery is wrong? What does that character bring to us that we don't get everywhere else?

Editor's Picks

Fool in the Rain  (E)
A short poem made in response to the 01/13/2021 Writer's Cramp Prompt.
#2241752 by Rosewood

 Rebirth  (ASR)
After the apocalypse the Gods come together to recreate the world.
#2241800 by halanon1018

Trapped  (E)
All alone in a terrible winter storm, I was sure my days on Earth were through.
#2241980 by Redtowrite

 Weighed In Stone  (13+)
In Averon, the land of gods, a knight sets out to overcome the hurdles of his lot in life.
#2241968 by Tasha the Chimera

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#2242058 by Not Available.

Ice Skating in the City  (E)
In the city when the temperatures dip low
#2241660 by Ice Skatin' Jessica is 15

The Golden Isotope  (E)
A thief is caught.
#2241672 by Sailor M

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#2241177 by Not Available.

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#2241015 by Not Available.

The Ghost Hunt  (E)
I do believe in ghosts and the spirit world. It is entirely up to you what you believe.
#2241479 by Spiritual Dawning

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I found this topic fascinating. It really makes sense how lulls give way to action and that it makes suspense. I will use this in the future. Thanks!

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