Storium Theory: Death – The End of a Character’s Story

Tonight, I’d like to discuss a bit of a heavy topic: death. Not death in real life, mind…death in Storium. Death is a useful but dangerous and expensive narrative tool. It is one to be used very carefully. Unless you are playing in a story about people becoming ghosts or reincarnations or some such, death is the end of a character’s story. When someone dies, their role in a story ends. Certainly their memory may drive things…but their role, their active ability to influence events, their ability to develop and grow as a character…that has come to an end. As I move into this discussion, I want to emphasize that I’m writing today about death in general in Storium–this article regards any reasonably important character,...

Episode 30! Interview with Seanan Mcquire

Content Advisory: this episode contains some strong language, and touches on topics that might be difficult for some sensitive groups. Today, we get the awesome privilege of talking with the multi-award winning author Seanan Mcguire Show Notes 00:32 Intro 01:00 Let’s meet Seanan 50:30 Outro Links: Storium Links: https://storium.com/game/new/chambers-of-the-sea/browse Non-Storium Links: http://www.seananmcguire.com/ Justin – @Twisted_Gnome Aaron -@ MacStainless Kaitlyn -@ ThatOneDM Miki -@MikiTracey Robert -@Matjaza http://media.blubrry.com/storiumarc/p/storiumarc.com/wp-content/Manual_uploads/Episode30_final.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

Storium Theory: The Past in the Present

This post originally appeared on Gaming Creatively on July 14th, 2016. I’ve written before on the manner in which players can bring out past relationships between their characters, and the way in which the narrator can encourage those relationships to develop during the opening portions of the game. Today, I’d like to answer a reader request by writing some more thoughts on what narrators can do to help call out existing relationships between player characters–relationships that predate the events of the game–and develop them and make them an important part of the story. I’m going to note that this is another highly theoretical post. Some of these are methods that I’ve used in some way, shape, or form, but others are...

News Flash: Recent Update

Recent news update and our thoughts on it.   Links: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stlhood/storium-the-online-storytelling-game/posts/1627489?ref=backer_project_update http://media.blubrry.com/storiumarc/p/storiumarc.com/wp-content/Manual_uploads/newsflash_7-14-16.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

Bonus Episode: Beginner Episode Discussion 1

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) Aaron (@MacStainless) Meg (@Greymalkin) Erin (@erindubitably) Matt (@zeromusic) Justin (@Twisted_Gnome) Links https://storium.com/game/anatoles-ii/ https://storium.com/game/tidon-corp-inc-llc-associates/chapter-3/scene-5 https://storium.com/game/twice-upon-a-time-a-storium-for-beginners/act-1/scene-1 https://storium.com/game/madigans-beginners-only/ https://storium.com/game/pulp-for-beginners/chapter-2/scene-1 https://storium.com/game/villain-con/chapter-3/scene-1  ...

Storium Theory: Support the Story

This post originally appeared on Gaming Creatively on July 7th, 2016. I’ve written before about the need to create characters that fit within the world of a story–the need to support the game’s tone, themes, and such. Put simply, the idea that if the story is like The Lord of the Rings, you probably shouldn’t play someone like Superman, right? But it’s about more than that. The player’s responsibility to the story, and the way that should impact their character concept, goes beyond the character’s level of power, tone, and themes. Characters also need to be able to directly support the story. What does that mean? It means, simply, to act in accordance with the needs of the story. Not to fit the character in a neat little...

Bonus Episode: New Worlds Report Episode 5 Village by the Sea / Chambers of the Sea.

Join us in this series of special bonus episodes as we talk about Storium’s Kickstarter worlds. In episode three, we discuss Village by the Sea and Chambers of the Sea. Links https://storium.com/game/new/village-by-the-sea/browse https://storium.com/game/new/chambers-of-the-sea/browse http://media.blubrry.com/storiumarc/p/storiumarc.com/wp-content/Manual_uploads/NWR5.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...