Storium Basics: Multi-Card Moves

This post originally appeared at Gaming Creatively on August 17th, 2017. Welcome back to Storium Basics, where I’m covering general aspects of Storium play that I think are helpful to know as you get started. Today, I’m going to cover a slightly more advanced element of Storium. Today, we’re talking about multi-card moves. I’ve already gone over the basics of making a Storium move with a single card back in Storium Basics: Challenges and Cards. For a quick refresher, you’ll select a challenge, select a card, and then write a move that demonstrates how that card’s trait comes into play and affects that challenge, based on the type of card that you’ve selected, the challenge, the possible challenge outcomes, the...

Episode 47! Describing Description

After a bit of a hiatus, we’re back! Today on Storium Arc, we’re talking descriptions – for characters, places, all sorts of things. How can you use description to bring your story to life, and how can you work it naturally into your tale? 00:31 Intro 01:00 News 10:40 Describing Characters 32:30 Adjusting Descriptions to Game Genre 44:08 Fitting Description into Your Story Naturally 01:13:21 Setting the Scene / Describing Environments 01:35:00 Wrap-Up 01:36:22 Outro Links: Storium Games: “Colder Than The North”: https://storium.com/game/colder-than-the-north “DAO Season 1”: https://storium.com/game/department-of-abnormal-occurrences “The Cost of an Arm and a...

Storium Basics: Assets and Goals

This post originally appeared at Gaming Creatively on August 10th, 2017. We’ve already discussed Storium‘s first (and my favorite) Neutral card type, the Subplot, but that’s not the only Neutral card type in Storium. Today, I’m going to discuss the other two types: Assets and Goals. Unlike all the other cards in Storium, Assets and Goals are not things that you start with – they aren’t part of your character from the beginning, and they aren’t chosen at Refreshes or upon spending a stack or anything like that. Whether you have these cards or not isn’t up to you, entirely – it depends on the narrator. These are both given to players – or provided for pickup – by the narrator at his will. Assets...

Storium Basics: Card Spending and Refresh

This post originally appeared at Gaming Creatively on August 3rd, 2017. Welcome back – today, as we continue discussing the basics of Storium, I’m going to spend a little time on the concept of Refresh. First, though, a bit about card spending: As you play Strength and Weakness cards, you’ll notice they become unavailable for selection on future plays. Even once you reach the end of a scene, you’ll find you won’t have the cards that you already spent available to play again. This is how Storium manages helping you tell the ups and downs of a character’s tale. As you spend Strengths and Weaknesses, they become unavailable for use. You don’t get any of them back until you’ve spent all of them. That is, you have to spend all your Strengths...