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Periodic Table of Storytelling by DawnPaladin Periodic Table of Storytelling by DawnPaladin
A major update to this project has been released! Go look at the new version here:…


Pick a few squares that look interesting or familiar. Search for them here: Warning: you will probably not emerge for several days.

This was my final project for my Visual Design 1 class. During critique, a student suggested this could be made into a dart-board game, but Hollywood could never be allowed to play. (TVTropes has a similar idea, but without the darts.…
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Given 2011-04-07
Periodic Table of Storytelling by *ComputerSherpa "is an incredibly clever use of the old fashion periodic table but put in a way that storytelling enthusiasts can relate to and understand. There’s a science to creativity after all." (Suggester's words)

Also suggested by =Jeysie:
"Kind of an unusual pick, admittedly, but one with an entertaining concept. It rearranges the "Tropes of Legend" from the TV Tropes Wiki that covers many patterns of storytelling, into an informative and quirky outline. The little "story molecule" examples at the bottom that put the symbols into practice are just fun little icing on the cake."

( Suggested by EmmyIsAZebra and Featured by Lilyas )
You know you have a winner when you spend more time looking at something than you intended to.

Although very tongue-in-cheek and humor-oriented, this piece does indeed breakdown the many elements in storytelling, both modern and ancient, and most likely future too.

Although others have tried to do similar things before, this is the first time that I have seen anything so... elegant, so organized, and so potentially useful.

The fact that it looks very much like the periodic table of elements is a testament to technique and skill.

You sir, probably spend too much time entertaining yourself with fiction. And for that we are all grateful. Have some LOLs on the house!
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I was in awe of this. One of my favorite things to do on the internet is Roleplay and often plot development starts with trying to combine things we all know but in a new interesting way. You've made something here that i ADORE. I cant find an issue with it other than some of the colors are a little too close to each other and it can get confusing in that nature. I would also look into the abbreviations and see if there's anything you could change there to make it easier to read. my friend and i have already found it useful and i hope you continue to make more.
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Rinoreiri Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Words cannot describe.
Although... Tv Tropes seems to have invaded you thoroughly.
name-already-chosen Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
This is so awesome! (Original first edition of my praise for you -- retro/nostalgia re-issue!)
Lucian-Ciel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Letrune Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
That is an awesome picture. :3 TVTropes, yay! :3
REMUSJOHN Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
is there CREEPY PASTA?
kristinjoyce Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
completely intriguing ... kudos!!
SinfulAnkh Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
This. is awesome owo ))
lukaner-Z Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
i have to take care to not hit too much the berserk button
PurpleR-les Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Pick a few squares that look interesting or familiar. Search for them here: [link] Warning: you will probably not emerge for several days."

Oh. That sounds interesting... let's see .............. *four hours later* ........ NOOO!! He was right.... just.... can't ... get ... outta here.....................

Anyway, what a wonderful and well deserved DD! congratulations ♥
LordLore Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
This is really clever and can be used as a cool and fun plot generator. Awesome work!
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