Storium Theory: Postmortem–“Twishted”

This post originally appeared on Gaming Creatively on September 8th, 2016. My apologies for the delay getting it here–I honestly thought I’d put it in the system! Ah, well.  It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, and once again I’ve taken a bit longer than I really meant to before I started writing this…but today, it’s time to take a postmortem look at Twishted. I ran Twishted from August 19th, 2015 through August 8th, 2016–nearly one full year! It’s been a month since the story reached its conclusion, so not as big a break as I took between the close of An End In Fire and its postmortem–but still a little longer than I meant to take. Ah, well. Look at it as more time for thought, I guess. As a...

Episode 33! A Non-Standard Show

In this episode, the cast talks about Non-Standard Characters. Show Notes 00:32 Intro 01:00 Geek Out! Summer Games 24:00 Non-Standard Characters 65:30 Outro Links: Storium Games: Herofall: https://storium.com/game/herofall/act-1/scene-1 Storm Front: https://storium.com/game/storm-front/act-1/scene-1 Red and Green: https://storium.com/game/red-and-green/chapter-1/scene-1 Fantasy for Beginners (zeromusic): https://storium.com/game/fantasy-for-beginners-vol-ii/chapter-1/scene-1 Pulp for Beginners: https://storium.com/game/pulp-for-beginners/chapter-1/scene-1 Disinherited: https://storium.com/game/disinherited/chapter-1/scene-1 Colder than the North: https://storium.com/game/colder-than-the-north/chapter-1/scene-1 Pulp Volume 1–The Mayor’s Murder:...

Storium Theory: Playing in Your Own Sandbox: Narrators Playing Characters in Their Own Games

This post originally appeared on Gaming Creatively on September 1st, 2016. Today’s topic comes to us by reader submission again, this time from monsterfurby! I’m always happy to get topics from my readers–if you’re interested in submitting your own, please use the form accessible from the “Submit Topics!” link up in the top menu. The whole point of this blog is to help people who might have questions about aspects of Storium, and while I can certainly blabber on and on about anything and everything, I’d prefer to be writing on what I know will be useful to someone. So, on with today’s post! As narrators, we create some fun and interesting settings for our players. We set up these epic stories, and we get to watch...

Bonus Episode: Beginner Episode Discussion 2

Join us as we have a roundtable discussion with some of the beginner game hosts. We talk about our experience running beginner games and helping new Storium users. Hosts: Chris (@Ceekayell) Amber (@Amber) Prester (@Prester) Matt (@zeromusic) Justin (@Twisted_Gnome) Links https://storium.com/game/anatoles-ii/ https://storium.com/game/random-lake/act-1/scene-1 https://storium.com/game/a-fistful-of-stars/chapter-1/scene-1 https://storium.com/game/pulp-for-beginners/chapter-2/scene-1 https://storium.com/game/villain-con/chapter-3/scene-1 http://media.blubrry.com/storiumarc/p/storiumarc.com/wp-content/Manual_uploads/Beginner_Game_Discussion_2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

Storium Theory: Choose Cards You Want to Play

This post originally appeared on Gaming Creatively on August 26th, 2016. Spinning off of last week’s post a bit…let’s talk some more about choosing your character’s cards. Storium, like some tabletop RPG systems, allows you to pick your character’s traits–in this case, in the form of four card types: Nature, Strength, Weakness, and Subplot. Nature cards don’t actually get played–instead, they sort of guide your character concept. This article’s about the other three types. Strengths. Weaknesses. Subplots. You’re going to be playing the cards you picked frequently over the course of the game. So pick the cards you want to play. Not the cards you’re willing to play. The cards you want to play....

Episode 32! There are no bonds so strong as those which are formed by playing Storium together.

In this episode, the cast talks about forging bonds. Show Notes 00:32 Intro 01:00 Storium News 06:04 Forging Bonds 00:00 Outro Storium Links: What’s New: https://storium.com/help/whats-new Heaven: https://storium.com/world/heaven Chambers of the Sea: https://storium.com/world/chambers-of-the-sea Monroe Academy: https://storium.com/game/monroe-academy/chapter-1/scene-1 Champions Universe: https://storium.com/world/champions-universe Twishted: Academia: https://storium.com/game/twishted-academia/act-1/scene-1 Twishted: https://storium.com/game/twishted/chapter-1/scene-1 Sidhe Vicious: https://storium.com/game/sidhe-vicious–2/act-1/scene-1 DAO: Vault 13: https://storium.com/game/dao-vault-13/act-1/scene-1 The Cost of an Arm and a Leg:...

Storium Theory: Building Character

This post originally appeared on Gaming Creatively on August 18th, 2016. A lot of my articles focus on what to do during play–but what about before you even get into a game? Building your character, whether you are applying for a game with open applications or being specifically invited to one, is a major part of the Storium experience. Like a lot of Storium, this is technically simple, but philosophically complex. I’ve described applications as kind of being like a fun version of a job interview before, and I think that’s true: they’re an opportunity for you, as a player, to demonstrate your writing skills and speak to the narrator about why you think you’ll be a good fit for the game. But what about the character side of things?...