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 |...

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...