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   Setting   Character   Conflict   Plot   Action (rising/falling)   Climax   Resolution   Conclusion
The Big 5 Qs of Mystery The driving force of Mystery and Suspense
◦   Who?◦   What?◦   Where?◦   When?◦   Why?
   Creator of Sherlock    Holmes   Over 56 stories   Crime Fiction   England
   Most Known for Noir    classics, “High Sierra”,    “Little Caesar” and    “Scarface”   37+ stories   35+ films   Mo...
   Master of Suspense   “Birds”, “NXNW”,    “Rear Window” and    “Psycho”   Creator of the terms:    twist endings,    ...
From serious to funny…
   Over 100 different    animation cartoons,    half of which were    Mystery themed.   Scooby Doo   Mystery was not ju...
   Detective Comics,    first appearance of    Mystery and Hero    theme   Gritty realism,    gangs, drugs    blackmail
   Traditional Mysteries    (Locked Room and    Puzzle Mysteries)   Legal Thriller   Medical Thriller   Cozy Mystery ...
How do we go about writing mysteries?     Because you already know your purpose.
To figure out the inbetween…Beginning              Middle              Ending
How do we engage our players?Practically the same questionwe teachers have, how do weengage our students?Well any answer f...
Why should you care? What does Mystery have to do with it?
How does this translate to Games?
Mystery is a tool! What are you solving? What is the purpose? How do we come to  a conclusion?
World of Warcraft   Fables
Aspect Ratio Test(Should appear circular)                           Any Questions?
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  1. 1. ◦ Designer by Day and Writer by Night◦ vgiannoutsos@gmail.com
  2. 2.  Setting Character Conflict Plot Action (rising/falling) Climax Resolution Conclusion
  3. 3. The Big 5 Qs of Mystery The driving force of Mystery and Suspense
  4. 4. ◦ Who?◦ What?◦ Where?◦ When?◦ Why?
  5. 5.  Creator of Sherlock Holmes Over 56 stories Crime Fiction England
  6. 6.  Most Known for Noir classics, “High Sierra”, “Little Caesar” and “Scarface” 37+ stories 35+ films Most recurring theme was Redemption The appearance of the “Femme Fatale”
  7. 7.  Master of Suspense “Birds”, “NXNW”, “Rear Window” and “Psycho” Creator of the terms: twist endings, MacGuffin and crime psychological
  8. 8. From serious to funny…
  9. 9.  Over 100 different animation cartoons, half of which were Mystery themed. Scooby Doo Mystery was not just about serious gangsters anymore Supernatural elements, heroic characters and spy elements
  10. 10.  Detective Comics, first appearance of Mystery and Hero theme Gritty realism, gangs, drugs blackmail
  11. 11.  Traditional Mysteries (Locked Room and Puzzle Mysteries) Legal Thriller Medical Thriller Cozy Mystery Police Procedural “hardboiled” –Private Eye
  12. 12. How do we go about writing mysteries? Because you already know your purpose.
  13. 13. To figure out the inbetween…Beginning Middle Ending
  14. 14. How do we engage our players?Practically the same questionwe teachers have, how do weengage our students?Well any answer from a producerwill be sure to tell you to makesequels or introduce somethingnew to the mix.
  15. 15. Why should you care? What does Mystery have to do with it?
  16. 16. How does this translate to Games?
  17. 17. Mystery is a tool! What are you solving? What is the purpose? How do we come to a conclusion?
  18. 18. World of Warcraft Fables
  19. 19. Aspect Ratio Test(Should appear circular) Any Questions?
  20. 20. ◦ Designer by Day and Writer by Night◦ vgiannoutsos@gmail.com

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