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My method was always minimum 2 reads. First read I do minimal annotations, unless something really strikes me or confuses me, and anything that makes sense later may get changed. Second read through I really annotate. Depending on what kind of class this is, you may want to write down any questions you have, words you don't recognize, symbols or recurring ...


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As a life long player of the best known 4X game, Civilization, the "story" of the series is the rise to power of your "empire" and much of the play is about becoming the strongest world power on the map. Recently (Civ III and beyond) the games added features to make each nation unique in terms of play styles and victory conditions and many 4X or similar ...


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Most stories in the genre start with an inception and end with an enlightenment. What exactly these entail depend on the story genre/setting you are working with. For example, I can take your space exploration: The inception is something like the discovery of FTL travel. It means something about your setting changes to such a degree that the game's central ...


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Watch. A. Cat! The best way to gain a cat's eye view is to follow one around and watch what they do. Alternatively, cameras. See how they react to sounds, smells, movement, surprises, interaction with other creatures of all types. Cats have distinct individual personalities, as well as a racial society. Interestingly enough, house cats have a ...


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I think I might be rephrasing what @MarkBaker says, but perhaps stating it differently would be helpful, especially since he seems to have attracted some antagonism. You're telling a story. What is your story about? No, it's not about "a cat chasing a bird". What's it about at its core? Is it about hunter and prey? Is it about the futility of chasing an ...


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To write a cat's perspective of things is indeed interesting. However, how much you empower your cat is in your control. In fictional mode, you can even make the cat to be like Tom or Claw (Game) or the cat from Stuart Little. The first step would ideally be to determine the character specific details, how, what, when, to set a routine of the cat's behaviour....


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