Re: Duration: how long is a day?

From: Graham Robinson <graham_at_...>
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 08:30:13 +0100

>It seems, therefore, that extended durations should not be measured in
>hours, days, weeks and years, but contests and episodes.
>What do people think?

I've never been comfortable with the duration/range charts, in that I have little feel for whether a section of the story is taking one minute, ten minutes, or whatever. I don't use figures either, so I have little idea of distances involved. On the whole we use two time periods - the action and the contest, and that's pretty much it.

However, I do have a *very* good idea of what a day is - days and nights come and go for solid, story reasons, so the Shaman's three times a day fetish is limited by when night falls in a (to me) fairly obvious way.

By the time you are up to years, I tend to run a reasonable number of episodes spread out over the year, then everyone stays home for winter, and we pick it up next sacred time.

So in short, I agree with Benedict at the Micro and Macro levels, but not at the Meso level.


Graham Robinson

Albion Software Engineering Ltd.

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