Storium Theory: Writing Good Strengths and Weaknesses

This post originally appeared on Gaming Creatively on 11/17/2015. Strength and Weakness cards are perhaps the central elements of the Storium system. On the surface, they’re pretty easy to understand–a Strength is something your character is good at, a Weakness is something they’re bad at, right? Right. The thing is, it isn’t always all that easy to write good Strengths and Weaknesses. It’s easy to end up feeling somewhat trapped by the ones you’ve written, if you write them in a particular way, or interpret them in a particular way. To explain my theory on Strengths and Weaknesses, I have to start out by briefly addressing my concept of how Storium’s Challenges work. There’s a lot of different interpretations on...

Storium Theory: When Players Retire

This post originally appeared on Gaming Creatively on 11/11/2015. One of the most difficult things that can happen in a Storium game is a player retirement, especially if it is sudden or unexpected. It can leave plot threads dangling, break character relationships, and potentially kill a game. What do you do? There are a few options. You can let the character just disappear from the story, ignoring him without a word…but that just breaks the plots or relationships that revolved around him. You can kill off the character or have him leave the party, to at least close off his plots in some ways…but that can be unsatisfying narratively at best and ruin other characters at worst. It can work well in a horror game, but few other story types really allow...

Storium Theory: Getting the Right Cast

This post originally appeared on Gaming Creatively on 11/11/2015. When you come up with an idea for a new game, it can be really tempting to start it as soon as you get some applications for it. “I need four players,” you think, “and here, there’s four applications! Time to accept them and go!” Don’t think that way. I advise taking your time, letting the standard application timeline run its course, or at least get close. See what comes in. For a Storium game, getting the right cast is vital. If you’re narrating, you need to wait. Let the apps come in. And then…review them. Take a long, hard look at the characters. Make sure you really, truly understand them. See what ones seem like they would play off each other...

Storium Theory: Story Scope

Hello, everyone. I’m Robert Mohr, @Matjaza on Storium, and blogger at Gaming Creatively, where I discuss tabletop RPGs, character creation in video games, 3d art tools, and most recently and extensively, Storium. I’ve started posting articles on things I’ve learned over the course of my time as a Storium player and narrator in hopes of helping other players and narrators. I’ve been asked to start cross-posting the Storium content here, and I’ll be doing so on a regular basis. I’ll be posting three times a week starting out until this content is caught up with my blog, and then I will start posting things one day after they appear on Gaming Creatively. These posts are my own views and do not necessarily reflect the reviews of...

Episode 18! Who is this Lee Perry?

In this episode, we meet Mr Lee Perry, we discuss inspiration for characters and plots, and who should direct the course of the story; Narrators or Players. Show Notes Intro What’s new: Meet our Guest host Mr Lee Perry Segment 2 Inspiration for Characters and Plots. Segment 3: Who Should Direct the Story? Narrator or Players Close Guest Host Bio: I’m Lee Perry, I’m most known as having been Lead Designer at Epic Games. I worked at Epic for over a decade and was the Gameplay Designer on the Gears of War trilogy. Prior to that I worked as an artist at Squaresoft, Art Director and Lead Level Designer on a cult hit RPG called Anachronox at Ion Storm, and several other games. Since then I’ve been doing smaller indie games. I designed and wrote the game Lili on...

We have a Winner!

Congratulations to @Matjaza aka Robert Mohr!

Episode 17! Who wants to be on the show?

In this episode, the hosts talk about the newest Storium update, a contest for listeners, a call out for guest hosts, and what goes into every episode. Show Notes 00:00 Intro (and homage to Jeff Goldblum) 02:12 What’s new (and homage to Catwoman) 10:58 Wanted: guest hosts; Wanted: people to give this book to (contest) (and homage to Mur Lafferty) 16:08 Back to the Future (and homage to our listeners, Steven and Storium) Contest Rules: Storium Arc podcast if giving away a brand new copy of Playing For Keeps. For every piece of  feedback we receive between November 12th and November 30th, will be put the contributor’s name into a hat (an actual hat). On December 3rd, we will draw a name from the hat and announce the winner. There are a number of ways...