Storium Basics: Challenges and Cards

This post originally appeared at Gaming Creatively on July 6th, 2017. Continuing my Storium Basics series, today we’ll be taking a look at the basic gameplay mechanics of the Storium system. Storium is played, primarily, by making moves that lay cards onto challenges. These cards tell the story, move by move, of what happens during the challenge. When you play a card, write a move explaining what your character does, and how those actions impact the challenge. The effect depends on the card you played. Strength cards improve the situation covered by the challenge. Weakness cards make it worse. Neutral cards, which might be subplots, assets, or goals, push it closer to conclusion without making things feel better or worse. To think of it from another angle:...

Storium Basics: Creating a Character / Applying for Games

This post originally appeared at Gaming Creatively on June 29th, 2017. Welcome back to Storium Basics. This series of articles is designed to help new players understand Storium in general, and be able to get started on Storium games. For those looking for more, see my more advanced article series, Storium Theory. Today, we’re taking a look at the first thing a player will need to do to get involved in a game: creating a character. Once you’ve found a game that you’d like to join, whether through the Browse Games feature, the forums, or some other method, what should you expect to happen, and what should you do? First, a bit about how narrators set things up: The system a lot of narrators – myself included – will use for open...

Storium Basics: Overview

This post originally appeared at Gaming Creatively on June 22nd, 2017. Today’s article – and the next several – are going to be of a different sort than what I’ve done so far on this blog. Today, I’m beginning a series I’ll call “Storium Basics.” This series is targeted at new Storium players rather than those who already know a bit about it and want to explore it further. It is drawn from my writing for beginners’ games that I have run. This series will largely be targeted at the player side of Storium, rather than the narrator side, but should help either come to a general understanding of how the system works. If you are a new player, I hope that these articles will be helpful for you and help you get...