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...

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...

Storium Basics: Multi-Card Moves

This post originally appeared at Gaming Creatively on August 17th, 2017. Welcome back to Storium Basics, where I’m covering general aspects of Storium play that I think are helpful to know as you get started. Today, I’m going to cover a slightly more advanced element of Storium. Today, we’re talking about multi-card moves. I’ve already gone over the basics of making a Storium move with a single card back in Storium Basics: Challenges and Cards. For a quick refresher, you’ll select a challenge, select a card, and then write a move that demonstrates how that card’s trait comes into play and affects that challenge, based on the type of card that you’ve selected, the challenge, the possible challenge outcomes, the...

Storium Basics: Assets and Goals

This post originally appeared at Gaming Creatively on August 10th, 2017. We’ve already discussed Storium‘s first (and my favorite) Neutral card type, the Subplot, but that’s not the only Neutral card type in Storium. Today, I’m going to discuss the other two types: Assets and Goals. Unlike all the other cards in Storium, Assets and Goals are not things that you start with – they aren’t part of your character from the beginning, and they aren’t chosen at Refreshes or upon spending a stack or anything like that. Whether you have these cards or not isn’t up to you, entirely – it depends on the narrator. These are both given to players – or provided for pickup – by the narrator at his will. Assets...

Storium Basics: Playing Off Each Other

This post originally appeared at Gaming Creatively on July 20th, 2017. Welcome back to Storium Basics, where each week I’m going through a basic aspect of Storium play. This week, I’m going to talk about something that’s a little bit more advanced: playing off of each other and leaving openings.  Storium games are stories, and that means that scenes work best when they feel interconnected. It’s easy to lose sight of that when you are writing independently, often at different times from the other players. However, it is important to make a conscious effort to tell a continuous story between your moves and those of other players. You’re not just writing the tale of your own character – you are writing the story of the challenge,...

Storium Basics: Subplots

This post originally appeared at Gaming Creatively on July 13th, 2017. My apologies for the delay on getting it over here – thought I had done it when I set it up to post and only just realized I hadn’t. O_O Welcome back to Storium Basics – today, I’d like to briefly discuss the Subplot card type. Subplots are actually my favorite card on Storium. The other cards show your character’s impact on the story—a subplot shows the story’s impact on your character. Subplot cards are considered neutral, so they don’t affect the Strong/Weak balance of a challenge. They do, however, push things closer to a conclusion. I like to use them to set up situations that might go either way, or to emphasize the way the challenge is currently going while...