Using established characters in a game

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I know we have covered gaming in licensed properties, but what do you do if you need to introduce an existing character into your game? How do you handle putting Han Solo into a Star Wars story line? If you are like me, you do it in one of three ways:

1. They are passing through: The character will be in an area just as a passerby. They can be talked to or interacted with, but really they are not a big part of the story. This, in my opinion, is the best way to deal with this issue.

2. They are driving a plot point: The character is driving a part of the story line. They have given you a mission or are checking up on how it is going. The character is one of the main players in the game. This is ideal if you need a good reason to do something.

3. They are the main reason for the game: This is the least ideal way to have an existing character enter. They are your focus. You don’t just get to interact with them, but they are your goal. This quickly becomes boring and can cause the players to feel like they are not the stars of the show.

Are there other ways that you can do this? Are these good examples? As always let me know what to think, but don’t be a dick!

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