Storium Theory: Build Towards Something

This post originally appeared on Gaming Creatively on December 15th, 2016. Storium games are quite heavily about revealing new things about your characters, and moving their issues forward – developing their personal tales alongside the game’s tale. Two rules, Wild Cards and Subplots, strongly support this element of Storium and help bring focus to the characters. We learn major new things about characters through Wild Cards, and we delve heavily into their personal issues or conflicts with Subplots. But characters in stories, which Storium is designed to help represent, don’t just develop at random. From the start of a character’s tale, the tale is building towards something. The young, inexperienced hero’s tale builds towards the...

Storium Theory: “And I would’ve gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for…”

This post originally appeared on Gaming Creatively on December 8th, 2016. Narrators vary in how much they like to plan out the details of plots in advance – the more you plan, the clearer and more organized your plot may be, but it is also possible to make it rigid or inflexible by overplanning, leaning to the dreaded “railroading.” Regardless, though, I tend to suggest that narrators have at least some idea of where a story might go before the game starts up. I’ve written a bit about this before, advising that you have an idea of an ending from the start of a game – not a hyper-detailed, inflexible, definite ending, but a general idea for the story’s eventual direction. I think that can help you make sure that your story...

New Worlds Report Episode 14: The Esoterrorists and Ozymandias

New Worlds Report returns as we talk about two more Kickstarter worlds. In this episode, we discuss The Esoterrorists and Ozymandias! Links: The Esoterrorists: https://storium.com/world/the-esoterrorists Ozymandias: https://storium.com/world/ozymandias The Esoterrorists tabletop roleplaying game: http://site.pelgranepress.com/index.php/category/products/the-esoterrorists/ http://media.blubrry.com/storiumarc/p/storiumarc.com/wp-content/Manual_uploads/NWR14.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

Storium Theory: Getting Personal: Arrogant

This post originally appeared on Gaming Creatively on December 1st, 2016. Hey, everybody. I hope that all who celebrate it had a good Thanksgiving! This week, I’d like to revisit my “Getting Personal” series, my discussion of central personality traits for characters and how those traits can benefit – and harm – a story. This week, we’re going to look at a personality type I’ll call Arrogant. An “Arrogant” personality is one that emphasizes his own personal status in some major fashion. A central element of his character is how he believes he is better than something else – usually, that’s both the challenges he’s facing, and the other heroes. He believes that he is overqualified for the...

Episode 38! The Best Medicine

In this episode, we discuss comedy, both in comedic and non-comedic games. Show Notes 00:38 Intro 01:00 News – Storium Gift Exchange 02:56 NaNoWriMo Report 10:35 Comedy Games 47:22 Comedy in Non-Comedic Games 01:23:55 Sign-off and Request for Comments 01:24:33 Outro Links: Storium Game Links: NaNoWriMo 2016 – DAO: Contraflow: https://storium.com/game/nanowrimo-2016-dao-contraflow Advent…ure: https://storium.com/game/advent-ure Croaked: A Fractured Fairy Tale: https://storium.com/game/croaked-a-fractured-fairy-tale-2 Skags: https://storium.com/game/skags Monroe Academy: https://storium.com/game/monroe-academy Play Tryouts: https://storium.com/game/monroe-academy/chapter-2/scene-1 Oswald’s Powers Going...