Conflict & resolution


Conflict as a concept

Conflict is the sustained struggle for dominance between opposing forces.

Opposing forces can be individuals, groups, or even social and environmental systems. For example:

  • A tiny group of schoolkids vs a vast army of invaders.
  • A teenage girl vs her parents.

Conflict, by definition, is not quick or simple. (If it was, it wouldn't be a conflict: it'd be a momentary confrontation.)

In a conflict, the opposing forces usually have something to gain and/or something to lose
Characters need to care
The stakes in a conflict don't have to be world-shattering
Confrontations are a keyhole view into broader conflicts

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