Storium Theory: Letting Your Players’ Cards Guide You

This post originally appeared on Gaming Creatively on September 22nd, 2016. I mentioned this very briefly back in “Use the Characters You Chose,” but in light of last week’s article, I think it’s appropriate to draw some attention to it again. As narrator, your job is to guide the story and help the players tell an interesting, entertaining tale that is fun to play and hopefully also fun to read. A big part of that is making sure that you make the tale appropriate to the characters you have–that you focus the story on these characters. Rather than building a story and then slotting the characters into it, you should be at least in some way building the story around the characters that you have (who have, hopefully, been built for the...

Storium Theory: But…But I Only Have “Spendthrift!”

This post originally appeared on Gaming Creatively on September 15th, 2016. Another submitted topic this week, as mikitracey (who honestly should be writing this topic as I think she’s better at this than me!) wanted me to take some time to write about those situations you can run into in Storium games where the cards you’re in just kind of don’t seem to fit the situation you’re in. I’ve written a bit on this in the past–or rather, on how to lower the chances of running into it. I’ve written about making sure you write Strengths or Weaknesses with wide meanings, about widening your perception of your cards, about avoiding situational cards, and on the narrator side, a bit about making sure you’re building the game...

New Worlds Report Episode 9: Gargantuan and Dire Moon

Join us in this series of special bonus episodes as we talk about Storium’s Kickstarter worlds. In episode three, we discuss Gargantuan and Dire Moon Links: https://storium.com/world/gargantuan–2 https://storium.com/world/diremoon–2 http://media.blubrry.com/storiumarc/p/storiumarc.com/wp-content/Manual_uploads/NWR9.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

Storium Theory: Postmortem–“Twishted”

This post originally appeared on Gaming Creatively on September 8th, 2016. My apologies for the delay getting it here–I honestly thought I’d put it in the system! Ah, well.  It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, and once again I’ve taken a bit longer than I really meant to before I started writing this…but today, it’s time to take a postmortem look at Twishted. I ran Twishted from August 19th, 2015 through August 8th, 2016–nearly one full year! It’s been a month since the story reached its conclusion, so not as big a break as I took between the close of An End In Fire and its postmortem–but still a little longer than I meant to take. Ah, well. Look at it as more time for thought, I guess. As a...

Episode 33! A Non-Standard Show

In this episode, the cast talks about Non-Standard Characters. Show Notes 00:32 Intro 01:00 Geek Out! Summer Games 24:00 Non-Standard Characters 65:30 Outro Links: Storium Games: Herofall: https://storium.com/game/herofall/act-1/scene-1 Storm Front: https://storium.com/game/storm-front/act-1/scene-1 Red and Green: https://storium.com/game/red-and-green/chapter-1/scene-1 Fantasy for Beginners (zeromusic): https://storium.com/game/fantasy-for-beginners-vol-ii/chapter-1/scene-1 Pulp for Beginners: https://storium.com/game/pulp-for-beginners/chapter-1/scene-1 Disinherited: https://storium.com/game/disinherited/chapter-1/scene-1 Colder than the North: https://storium.com/game/colder-than-the-north/chapter-1/scene-1 Pulp Volume 1–The Mayor’s Murder:...

Storium Theory: Playing in Your Own Sandbox: Narrators Playing Characters in Their Own Games

This post originally appeared on Gaming Creatively on September 1st, 2016. Today’s topic comes to us by reader submission again, this time from monsterfurby! I’m always happy to get topics from my readers–if you’re interested in submitting your own, please use the form accessible from the “Submit Topics!” link up in the top menu. The whole point of this blog is to help people who might have questions about aspects of Storium, and while I can certainly blabber on and on about anything and everything, I’d prefer to be writing on what I know will be useful to someone. So, on with today’s post! As narrators, we create some fun and interesting settings for our players. We set up these epic stories, and we get to watch...

Bonus Episode: Beginner Episode Discussion 2

Join us as we have a roundtable discussion with some of the beginner game hosts. We talk about our experience running beginner games and helping new Storium users. Hosts: Chris (@Ceekayell) Amber (@Amber) Prester (@Prester) Matt (@zeromusic) Justin (@Twisted_Gnome) Links https://storium.com/game/anatoles-ii/ https://storium.com/game/random-lake/act-1/scene-1 https://storium.com/game/a-fistful-of-stars/chapter-1/scene-1 https://storium.com/game/pulp-for-beginners/chapter-2/scene-1 https://storium.com/game/villain-con/chapter-3/scene-1 http://media.blubrry.com/storiumarc/p/storiumarc.com/wp-content/Manual_uploads/Beginner_Game_Discussion_2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...