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Offline EllipsisTopic starter

The Periodic Table of Storytelling
« on: February 23, 2014, 09:37:14 PM »
Since this is, above all, a writing community, I thought I'd share this little nugget of Internet awesomeness.

http://designthroughstorytelling.net/periodic/

Clicking is encouraged!  ;)

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Re: The Periodic Table of Storytelling
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2014, 08:28:40 AM »
So much tropy goodness in one chart! *bows to it*

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Re: The Periodic Table of Storytelling
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2014, 09:12:30 AM »
I don't know if I like fannon being in the noble gasses, and the abbreviation of Word of God might have some unfortunate implications. :P

Still, really freaking cool.

I think it would have been interesting of the rare-earth metals and the alkaline sections would have been dedicated to the weirder tropes like space-whale Aesop and crack pairing, and your-mileage-may-very terms respectively. 
« Last Edit: February 24, 2014, 09:32:20 AM by Inkidu »

Offline Avis habilis

Re: The Periodic Table of Storytelling
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2014, 12:08:11 PM »
Now all we need is a random element generator to create ready-made story bases. Hmm...

Offline EllipsisTopic starter

Re: The Periodic Table of Storytelling
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2014, 01:18:06 PM »
Now all we need is a random element generator to create ready-made story bases. Hmm...

+1

You're just full of good ideas!

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Re: The Periodic Table of Storytelling
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Re: The Periodic Table of Storytelling
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2014, 09:11:08 PM »
I'm loving this chart.  8-) Thanks for sharing, Ellipsis!

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Re: The Periodic Table of Storytelling
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2014, 04:17:42 AM »
          I'm no chemist, but that is a kinda funky chart to grab stuff from!

          No custom controls on this page as far as I can see...  But load this generator page and you get some random  lists of "stuff."  First more elements and later, compounds.

There are also flashcard programs online intended for quizzing knowledge of the periodic table...  They'll churn out elements more or less randomly.


Offline Nevermore19

Re: The Periodic Table of Storytelling
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2014, 10:56:09 AM »
This is delightfully fun to play with :D

Offline Empyrean

Re: The Periodic Table of Storytelling
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2014, 03:51:34 PM »
This is hilarious and informative! Great job! :)

Offline roulette

Re: The Periodic Table of Storytelling
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2014, 05:21:44 PM »
At first, I thought it was awesome.

Then, I realized that each element darkens as the mouse hovers over it and I can click on them, and then I literally went "OH MY GOD" out loud. xD

Offline MasterMischief

Re: The Periodic Table of Storytelling
« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2014, 05:28:39 PM »
This.  Is.  Awesome.

This is just the thing I need to kick start the imagination.

Offline Caeli

Re: The Periodic Table of Storytelling
« Reply #12 on: February 28, 2014, 05:39:14 PM »
This was SO awesome.

I shared it with a long-time writing friend of mine and we both got such a kick out of it.

Offline Empress

Re: The Periodic Table of Storytelling
« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2014, 06:43:18 PM »
I so needed this.

:D

You have my thanks.

Offline EllipsisTopic starter

Re: The Periodic Table of Storytelling
« Reply #14 on: February 28, 2014, 09:11:20 PM »
I'm so glad everyone's enjoying it!  ;D

Offline Ms Gavane

Re: The Periodic Table of Storytelling
« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2014, 07:44:21 PM »
Wonderful share Ellipsis. Hours of fun. Also a good reminder that I'm not all that original.

At first, I thought it was awesome.

Then, I realized that each element darkens as the mouse hovers over it and I can click on them, and then I literally went "OH MY GOD" out loud. xD

I had that same moment. Then I began clicking a lot.

Offline roulette

Re: The Periodic Table of Storytelling
« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2014, 08:09:57 PM »
Wonderful share Ellipsis. Hours of fun. Also a good reminder that I'm not all that original.

I had that same moment. Then I began clicking a lot.

I couldn't. Once I realized that was the case, I knew I would also die a horrible, painful death if I even tried to get started with it.

Offline alextaylor

Re: The Periodic Table of Storytelling
« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2014, 09:30:23 AM »
Now all we need is a random element generator to create ready-made story bases. Hmm...

First thought when I saw this. Any storytelling chemists out there? I'd be happy to code a random story molecule generator :P

Offline Passion and Desire

Re: The Periodic Table of Storytelling
« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2014, 03:52:28 AM »


Why did you have to link to tvtropes? I was going to get something done today! I was going to be productive! Now all my hopes and dreams lie shattered, drowned in open tabs!

That aside, this is awesome, a really wonderful idea! :D

However, I don't get how those story molecules are constructed. Are there special rules to it, which I'm missing? Do you only focus on particular aspects of the story? ???

For example, in the Star Wars molecule, I'm missing quite a bit:
  • The Hero (Luke Skywalker)
  • The Anti-Hero (Han Solo)
  • The Chessmaster (Emperor Palpatine)
  • Rebel Leader (Leia Organa)
  • Complete Monster (Emperor Palpatine/Grand Moff Tarkin)
  • Villain Protagonist (Darth Vader)
  • Mooks (Stormtroopers!)
  • Rule of Cool (Lightsabers, flying the Falcon into the insides of the 2nd Deathstar, AT-ATs, the Force, ...)
  • The Hero's Journey (Luke Skywalker)
All of which are pretty important to the story, and I don't think you could really describe Star Wars without any of them.
« Last Edit: March 24, 2014, 03:54:53 AM by Passion and Desire »