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What is "tension" used for?

gordonkarim
Thu, 12 May 2016 15:53:12 GMT

gordonkarim
Thu, 12 May 2016 16:00:25 GMT

when you add an event there is a box for something called "Tension." What do you use that for?

Devan Gelic
Thu, 12 May 2016 16:23:04 GMT

For now you can set the tension levels as percentages, 0-100% or even 200% etc. Tensions for now are just a way for an author to set a visual reminder, per event, of how much the tension is progressing or regressing throughout the storyline. Eventually, Matt has suggested, down the road, he'd like to have a way to graph and then display these tensions, to give the user a visual tool to map out where their timeline may need some work etc.

gordonkarim
Thu, 12 May 2016 16:34:33 GMT

i see! okay very helpful. graph would be a great idea. makes perfect sense. thanks much.

megwiviott
Sat, 06 Aug 2016 19:44:04 GMT

I do not see the "Tension" when I add an event. ???

dlking
Fri, 25 Aug 2017 20:24:35 GMT

Come on Matt, the graph of tension by event would be really great.

aeonjess
Wed, 30 Aug 2017 01:35:19 GMT

Hi, A graph of numerical data tied to events (such as tension) has been requested before and is on our list of possible features to consider adding in the future. Jess

NoriMori
Sun, 22 Aug 2021 04:10:07 GMT

Would be nice if the manual explained this anywhere. It doesn't even MENTION tension.

lonniev
Sat, 28 Aug 2021 12:37:00 GMT

What is special about “Tension” that necessitated that it be a core property, like say “Start”, versus a user-defined added property, like say the “Retail Price” that I might add to tasks for quoting a plan to a client? In recent A2 and beta A3, I am not even sure that “Tension” still exists - I don’t recall seeing it and will look for it during my next planning time.

aeonjess
Mon, 30 Aug 2021 05:56:48 GMT

Hi, We included Tension in the default Fiction template due to the number of users that expressed an interest in it. It does exist in both version 2 and version 3, so it may be you are using a different template if you do not see it. Jess

aeonjess
Mon, 30 Aug 2021 05:59:58 GMT

In regards to why it is not included in the manual, this is because it is part of a template, not part of the core app functionality. Similarly we don't explain Characters, Arcs, Employees, Cost etc. in the manual, but the concept of properties and entities/roles and examples of which they can be used. Since it is in a template, if you do not wish to use Tension or another property, you can delete it from the template. Jess