The Hero’s Journey has been a love of mine for a long time. It is a tried and tested formula that renders good results. But do people use it to maximum effect?

Once you know the Hero’s Journey, it is fairly easy to identify when it’s being used. The Marvel films, and pretty much any movie in which there is some sort of hero, uses a good number of the stages.

Although the formula has been reworked, simplified, tidied and reordered, it remains a valid reference that is starting to show its age and, with the influence and knowledge of less westernised storytelling methods, starting to change too.

In this episode I spoke to Phil Harris, game designer and university lecturer on the Hero’s Journey, and we dig into the use of the Hero’s Journey as a framework more than a set formula.

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