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Story Design: Rescue Stories


Have you ever wanted more suspense and peril in your rescue adventures?

Story Design Volume 4 - A rescue plot is an action-heavy structure where a supporting character (the victim) is being held against their will by the antagonist. The protagonist’s job is to locate the victim and escort them back to safety. There are variations possible, but the core of a rescue story comes down to finding and retrieving the victim.

Examples of the rescue plot include Black Hawk Down, Escape from New York, The Princess Bride, The Searchers, The Silver Chair, and Thunderbirds.

Story Design: The Rescue covers all of the elements you need to prepare in order to tell a rescue story. It's based on concepts explored in Story Structure and the Lighthouse System games, also published by Dancing Light Press.  It's a big book that goes into greater detail on how to get the most out of the three-act structure, as well as developing a three-phase series (campaign, if you prefer) with a clear beginning, middle, and end. If you want to use your favorite roleplaying game system to tell stories with more depth than kill monster, get treasure, repeat (not that there's anything wrong with that), it is worth looking into. 

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Story Design

Story Design Volumes 1-10 [BUNDLE]

Use classic, time-tested plot structures to create your own stories! Any system, any setting! Each volume walks you through building a beginning, middle, and end for a different type of story! 

Volume 1 contains the Journey, the Search, the Chase, the Rescue, the Breakout, the Payback, the Mystery, the Duel, the Dark Horse, and the Seduction.

Story Design

Story Design Volumes 11-20 [BUNDLE]

Use classic, time-tested plot structures to create your own stories! Any system, any setting! Each volume walks you through building a beginning, middle, and end for a different type of story! 

Volume 2 contains the Curse, the Change, Coming of Age, the Romance, the Taboo, the Sacrifice, the Revelation, the Obsession, Rags-to-Riches, and Decline & Fall.

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September 5th, 2018
This is a concise guide (10 or 12 pages) to a 3-act rescue story: Challenges for each act, the types of characters, a guide to the antagonist. While reading it I kept brainstorming twists and events that would make the 2nd act drive the players to thei [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on July 28, 2016.