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Re: Should Halo have an end?
Date: 5/27/14 4:39 pm
In Response To: Should Halo have an end? (serpx)

: Many great stories of our time have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Now,
: it appears that there are stories out there that just keep going, and
: going, and going. Comic books do this.

Terrible example. A better one would be Schlock Mercenary, which has been updating daily (without fail) for nearly fourteen years. The secret to its success (besides the fact that Mr. Taylor is a superb storyteller) is that the story is presented in arcs, which tell a self-contained story and rarely last longer than a year. Undercurrents, themes, and plotlines connect arcs, slowly building toward what appears to be looming civil war. But those undercurrents don't dictate the plot, so there's always room for Tagon's Toughs to step back and tackle smaller objectives. Today, they'll shatter a galaxy-spanning cartel and defuse a bomb that would obliterate the Milky Way galaxy, but tomorrow they'll be policing a historic space station and shopping for a new warship.

Another part of the recipe is characters, both protagonists and antagonists. Being a mercenary company, Tagon's Toughs have a plethora of members, allies, and enemies who can step in and out of the limelight. Characters are dumped into new and uncomfortable situations, but they adapt and grow because of it, and they always find room to tell a joke.

: I feel like Halo is going in that
: direction. Is that beneficial? Should Halo have that?

As it's going now? No. I don't think Halo can sustain a continuing story and keep the elements that made it good.

Messages In This Thread

Should Halo have an end?serpx5/26/14 12:48 pm
     Re: Should Halo have an end?thebruce05/26/14 2:52 pm
           I totally agree!Grizzlei5/26/14 3:40 pm
                 Re: I totally agree!thebruce05/27/14 9:23 am
                       Re: I totally agree!Grizzlei5/27/14 12:59 pm
                 Re: I totally agree!Stephen L. (SoundEffect)5/27/14 8:53 pm
                       Re: I totally agree!Grizzlei5/27/14 11:51 pm
                             Transporter leads to killing yourself over and o.. *NM*Pennybags5/28/14 11:23 am
                                   Relevant:Quirel5/28/14 1:05 pm
                                         I wanted to slap her the whole time *NM*Grizzlei5/28/14 1:20 pm
     Re: Should Halo have an end?Urban Reflex5/26/14 3:32 pm
           Re: Should Halo have an end?thebruce05/27/14 9:27 am
     Re: Should Halo have an end?Ragashingo5/27/14 12:52 pm
           Re: Should Halo have an end?thebruce05/27/14 3:30 pm
     Re: Should Halo have an end?Quirel5/27/14 4:39 pm
     Re: Should Halo have an end?General Vagueness5/27/14 9:07 pm
           Re: Should Halo have an end?serpx5/27/14 11:27 pm
     Re: Should Halo have an end?uberfoop5/27/14 11:41 pm
           And on a mildly more serious note.uberfoop5/27/14 11:56 pm
                 Re: And on a mildly more serious note.mc_leprechaun5/28/14 7:15 am

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