Video: Stakes

stakesMake your audience care about what’s going on by making things important with STAKES.

Players create stakes in a scene by displaying specific character motivations and an importance for the narrative to move forward and find its conclusion. To fully explore stakes, there should be clear needs stated by the characters, with positive or negative consequences for the protagonist and other characters. There should be consequences for the narrative and world of the scene. Those needs and consequences should come from an organic place, they should be supported by information we already know about the characters and scene, usually established in the platform.

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Terms used in this video:

NARRATIVE
The story told by a scene. Scenes should have a clear beginning, middle and end.

ORGANIC
Characteristic of, pertaining to, or derived from what has come earlier in the scene.

PLATFORM
The “where” and “who” of a scene. The information upon which everything else is built.

GLOBAL STAKES
Stakes pertaining to all characters or the whole world of a scene.

Games referenced in this video:

Pick up Stakes

Stakes Circle