New Worlds Report Episode 11: The Daring Adventures of Captain Lucy Smokeheart and Murder on the Zeppelin Express

The New Worlds Report continues as as we talk about Storium’s Kickstarter worlds. In episode eleven, we discuss The Daring Adventures of Captain Lucy Smokeheart and Murder on the Zeppelin Express!! Links: https://storium.com/world/murder-on-the-zeppelin-express https://storium.com/world/the-daring-adventures-of-captain-lucy-smokeheart   http://media.blubrry.com/storiumarc/p/storiumarc.com/wp-content/Manual_uploads/NWR11.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

Storium Theory: Custom Card Settings, Here We Come!

This post originally appeared on Gaming Creatively on October 13th, 2016. I don’t normally do news articles on this site, but this week, I wanted to write a bit about Storium‘s latest upgrade. I guess this still isn’t technically a news article so much as an opinion and dreaming about the news article, but hey, it’s closer than I usually get. For those who might not have seen the announcement, Storium was recently updated with a neat set of new features, which I’ll summarize here: On a Refresh, players will now be able to choose from every card they have played over the course of the game, rather than just from those since the last Refresh. On playing a Wild card, players will be able to create a new wild card as usual, or now choose...

Episode 35! And the Award for Best Supporting Character Goes To…

In this episode, the cast discusses playing supporting characters in Storium. Show Notes 00:32 Intro 01:08 News 06:50 Geek Out – Concluding Games 19:10 Supporting Characters 01:11:50 Outro Links: Storium Game Links: Sanctum: https://storium.com/game/sanctum–2 Salvage: https://storium.com/game/salvage–4 Romans in Space!: https://storium.com/game/romans-in-space/chapter-1/scene-1 Croaked: A Fractured Fairy Tale: https://storium.com/game/croaked-a-fractured-fairy-tale-2 Department of Abnormal Occurrences: https://storium.com/game/department-of-abnormal-occurrences Department of Abnormal Occurrences Season 2: https://storium.com/game/department-of-abnormal-occurrences-season-two Monroe Academy: https://storium.com/game/monroe-academy Lackadaisy...

New Worlds Report Episode 10: Monster Academy and Weird Fruit

The New Worlds Report continues as as we talk about Storium’s Kickstarter worlds. In episode ten, we discuss Monster Academy and Weird Fruit! Links: https://storium.com/world/monster-academy https://storium.com/world/weird-fruit http://media.blubrry.com/storiumarc/p/storiumarc.com/wp-content/Manual_uploads/NWR10.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

Storium Theory: Let’s Make Some Trouble

This post originally appeared on Gaming Creatively on October 6th, 2016. I’ve written a bit on this blog before about playing during a challenge–in particular, how players should leave things open for other players to play on and involve other players in the challenge to tell a complete story. Today, I’d like to write about playing during a challenge again–specifically about making trouble in a challenge. By “making trouble,” I don’t mean being disruptive to the game atmosphere, of course! This is about writing an interesting story, not getting yourself booted from games. When a narrator sets up a challenge, the narrator provides some details about what is going on–what threats currently exist, what the conditions...

Episode 34! Achievement Unlocked

In this episode, the cast talks about Storium news, including some new additions to Storium–achievements and word counts. We also interview @erindubitably and @mordant about playing Storium at Nine Worlds.   Show Notes 00:32 Intro 01:00 Storium News 13:50 Achievements Discussion 23:20 Word Counts Discussion 50:40 Interview: Storium at Nine Worlds 1:13:25 Outro Links: Storium Game Links: Worldbuilders is Awesome! (Gen Con “Storium Live” game): https://storium.com/game/worldbuilders-is-awesome/act-1/scene-1 Adventurers Wanted! (Nine Worlds game): https://storium.com/game/adventurers-wanted–3/chapter-1/scene-1 Pulp Vol. 1: The Mayor’s Murder: https://storium.com/game/pulp-vol-1-the-mayors-murder/act-1/scene-1 DAO: Vault 13:...

Storium Theory: Player-Driven Outcomes

This post originally appeared on Gaming Creatively on September 29th, 2016. Way back when I was writing my initial coverage of creating Challenges, I mentioned that there were a few types of outcomes: Player-Driven, Narrator-Driven, and Mixed. Since then, I’ve written a fair bit about how to set up Narrator-Driven outcomes–how to clearly describe what will happen on a given outcome (while not completely stifling creativity, mind). And I’ve written about my personal version of “Mixed” outcomes, the “Choice” outcome. But I haven’t really written much about the Player-Driven sort of outcome. A Player-Driven outcome, to recap, is an outcome where the narrator leaves as much as possible open to the player’s...