Episode 50! The Love of Stories

In celebration of reaching our 50th episode of Storium Arc, we present our thoughts on stories: the reasons we love them, our favorites, our thoughts on what makes a good story, and the ways that stories can influence us – both in our writing and our daily lives. There are far, far too many stories mentioned in this episode for us to build our usual link list, but one in particular is called out by Chris and Matt during the show: the radio drama “The Cold Equations,” which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhklTqm1TzQ&t=20s We at Storium Arc want to take this opportunity to thank all of our listeners for supporting us and taking the time to listen. We hope that our episodes so far have been a good experience for you, and...

Episode 49! Let’s Do the Twist! (Spoiler Warnings!)

Spoiler warnings apply! Today on Storium Arc, it’s time to talk about twists – how do you introduce a twist in your tale, or in a character, in a way that adds to your story rather than detracting from it? What are some interesting types of twists used in fiction? And just what is the dark secret that Chris has held for all this time? All this and more in the latest episode of Storium Arc! 00:38 Intro 02:17 What is a Twist? 08:15 Types of Twist 01:07:25 Conceptualizing and Creating Twists 01:19:03 Making Twists Logical 01:27:24 Using Storium to Support Twists 01:45:32 Wrap-Up 01:46:45 Outro Links: Storium Games: Colder than the North: https://storium.com/game/colder-than-the-north Nokken...

Storium Theory: Get Emotionally Invested

This post originally appeared at Gaming Creatively on September 7th, 2017. I’ve finished up my Storium Basics articles, so now, I’d like to take a little time to write about one more thing. This is something that I think is important for anyone playing Storium, or indeed any sort of RPG or storytelling system. Heck, it’s important for general writing as well. You have to let yourself feel. If you want to tell powerful stories, you have to let yourself feel. If you want to truly portray your character, you have to let yourself feel. If you just want to have the best time you can roleplaying, to have an experience you’ll remember and look back on fondly, you have to let yourself feel. Some people can do this really easily. Others, myself...

Storium Basics: Narration Basics

This post originally appeared at Gaming Creatively on August 31st, 2017. One last article of “Storium Basics,” here – this series has been focused on the player side, but I would be remiss in not addressing narration at least somewhat. It’s hard to spell out absolute basics for narration, and hard to really learn it without diving in and doing some narration. Unfortunately, there haven’t really been good ways to get a beginner narrator game going the way we can for beginner players. But here, I’m going to try to give at least a general overview, and link to some articles that can develop things further. I highly encourage going through at least some of the articles I link to below, as there’s just no way to adequately...

New Worlds Report Episode 21: Starship New Dawn and Blue Gene

Go where no one has gone before in this episode of New Worlds Report as we discuss Starship New Dawn and Blue Gene! Links: Starship New Dawn: https://storium.com/world/starship-new-dawn Blue Gene: https://storium.com/world/blue-gene http://media.blubrry.com/storiumarc/p/storiumarc.com/wp-content/Manual_uploads/NWR21.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...