Storium Theory: Match the Mood

I’ve written a bit before on this blog about the need to create characters that fit the story, and the need to use your actions and your characters to support the story. I’d like to go into that a bit more today, but specifically focused on the concept of “mood.” Mood is how a story’s tone is set. A horror story’s mood may be oppressive, fear-filled, dark, frightening, or disturbing. A high fantasy story might be adventurous, uplifting, exciting, bright, desperate, struggling, or other moods depending on the scene. Mood is one of the most important things for a story to get right. With a solid sense of mood, the story’s events feel more impactful, more powerful. When mood breaks, the story breaks as well. And in a collaborative writing experience, mood is...

Episode 37! The Other Side

In this episode, we discuss playing characters of the opposite gender. Show Notes 00:32 Intro 00:58 News 05:16 Geek-Out: Favorite Characters of the Opposite Gender 11:27 Playing Across Gender 59:02 Wrap-Up and Request for Feedback 59:50 Outro Links: Storium Game Links: Herofall: https://storium.com/game/herofall/act-1/scene-1 Twishted: Academia: https://storium.com/game/twishted-academia/act-1/scene-1 Free Coffee 2: The Coffee Shop of the Rising Sun: https://storium.com/game/free-coffee-2-the-coffee-shop-of-the-rising-sun/act-1/scene-1 Department of Abnormal Occurrences: https://storium.com/game/department-of-abnormal-occurrences/chapter-1/scene-1 Dreaming of Black Rock: A Western: https://storium.com/game/dreaming-of-black-rock-a-western/chapter-1/scene-1 Star...

Storium Theory: Repetition is Repetitive

Today, I’d like to just briefly discuss something I find myself having to fight against in my own writing for online, play-by-post games like Storium: Repetition of themes in moves. Storium games take place at a fairly slow pace for the most part. You’ll write a move, and oftentimes it will be a day or two, or even a few days, before you’re writing another move for the same character. I’ve found that, for me at least, this puts me somewhat at risk of repetitive writing. Because my last move isn’t fresh in my head, I’ll sometimes start writing a move only to find that my character is effectively repeating some of the themes from a prior move that scene–maybe he takes off his glasses or puts them on, maybe he uses one of...

Episode 36! Horrifying Halloween Special

In this terrifying episode, the cast discusses horror in Storium games. Show Notes 00:28 Intro 01:10 News 11:35 Further Supporting Characters Discussion 18:00 Geek-Out: Scariest or Creepiest Moments in Storium Games 30:00 Horror in Storium 01:04:20 NaNoWriMo announcement 01:06:25 Outro Links: Storium Game Links: Department of Abnormal Occurrences, Season 1: https://storium.com/game/department-of-abnormal-occurrences/chapter-1/scene-1 Department of Abnormal Occurrences, Season 2: https://storium.com/game/department-of-abnormal-occurrences-season-two/chapter-1/scene-1 DAO: Rescue from Orissa: https://storium.com/game/dao-fire-team-mission-rescue-from-orissa/chapter-1/scene-1 The Wizard is Missing: https://storium.com/game/the-wizard-is-missing/chapter-1/scene-1...

New Worlds Report Episode 12: The World of Dracula and The Hollow

It’s a spooky special New Worlds Report as we talk about two more Kickstarter worlds. In our Halloween episode, we discuss The World of Dracula and The Hollow! Links: https://storium.com/world/the-world-of-dracula https://storium.com/world/the-hollow http://media.blubrry.com/storiumarc/p/storiumarc.com/wp-content/Manual_uploads/NWR12.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...