Storium Basics: Cardless Moves

This post originally appeared at Gaming Creatively on August 24th, 2017. Last time, we discussed multi-card moves here on Storium Basics. This time, I’d like to spend a bit of time on their opposite: cardless moves. While most moves in Storium games will probably involve cards, cardless moves are an option in Storium. Narrators will vary on how much they like them. For my part, I’m totally fine with them as they add some great color to scenes, but I do want to caution that you not allow them to overwhelm scenes. They’re great for adding detail but can also sap a scene of momentum if they are overused. When writing a cardless move, think similarly to how you write a move for a Neutral card like a Subplot – but unlike neutral cards, cardless moves don’t...

Episode 48! Arc on Arcs

In this episode of Storium Arc, we discuss arcs! The character kind of arc, not the Storium Arc kind of…you know what, you get it. 00:48 Intro 01:07 Extremely Outdated News 03:18 Designing a Character Arc 24:26 Techniques for Writing Arcs 01:17:09 Arcs Across Multiple Games 01:35:49 Wrap-Up 01:37:03 Outro Links: Storium Games: 157 – “The Cost of an Arm and a Leg”: https://storium.com/character/one-hundred-and-fifty-seven/in/the-cost-of-an-arm-and-a-leg Brennan Sheridan – “Sorrow’s Shores”: https://storium.com/character/brennan-sheridan/in/sorrows-shores Connie Rogers – “Stormfront”: https://storium.com/character/connie-sand-dog-rogers/in/storm-front Jackie Washington – “The Cost of an...

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...