July 2017: ‘Denouement’

Once the immediacy of time draws to a gentle rest, there are still the odds and ends to sweep up. These moments of quiet, or reflection, or picking up the pieces are worth considering indulgent and important. The denouement, or perhaps more colloquially the falling action, rarely seems to get the same screen time in games (or even in life at times) that it deserves, but still serves an important function. So, this month, following what we accomplished in Time, I want to relish in a bit of denouement.

Let’s have a sip of the post-action coffee, and stay for the post-credits scene. I want to have an after-action report while we unwind around the Blogs of the Round Table!

How do you like to follow the climactic moments of your life? Do you head home and catch a nap, or perhaps get right back on track with what you were doing before the apocalypse so rudely interrupted your mid-day errands? How do you think heroes in entertainment media go back to their normal lives when the stakes aren’t the death of the universe? Do you feel like games appropriately handle the post-final battle with their various end game cutscenes? Let’s stroll through the resolution pathway of your preferred narrative arc. Tell us a story of a time you felt the post-action scene was nailed out of the park, or perhaps a time when all the opportunity was squandered by an unfulfilling ending.

As always, the window for tagging into the Blogs of the Round Table comes to a close at the end of the month. A bit of advice is to give yourself until the 25th to write it, and then you have an extra six days to wind down and consider how you want to follow your piece. But, really, your pacing is up to you!

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