Episode 42! Love is in the Air

In this episode, we discuss writing romance in Storium games. Show Notes 01:08 Intro 01:33 News 04:47 Geek-Out: Games We’re Excited About 10:10 Romance in Non-Romance Games 11:08 Romancing: PCs vs NPCs 28:42 Building the Romance 37:44 Pacing Romance as Part of the Story 46:51 Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them 01:23:41 Wrap-Up 01:25:17 Outro Links: Storium Game Links: Project Mogul: The Brazel Ranch Occurrence: https://storium.com/game/project-mogul-the-brazel-ranch-occurrence Time Guard – Rogue’s War (Season 3): https://storium.com/game/time-guard-rogues-war-season-three Past the Asteroids and Under the Ice: https://storium.com/game/past-the-asteroids-and-under-the-ice Spycraft: The 1960’s: https://storium.com/game/spycraft-the-1960s...

New Worlds Report Episode 17: Outpost: Arena & Harlem Godfathers

New Worlds Report returns as we talk about two more Kickstarter worlds. In this episode, we discuss Outpost: Arena and Harlem Godfathers! Links: Outpost: Arena: https://storium.com/world/outpost-arena Harlem Godfathers: https://storium.com/world/harlem-godfathers http://media.blubrry.com/storiumarc/p/storiumarc.com/wp-content/Manual_uploads/NWR17.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

Storium Theory: Component Challenges

This post originally appeared on Gaming Creatively on February 23rd, 2017. Today, I’d like to take a look at another interesting thing that you can do with Storium‘s challenge system – something that I’d call “component” challenges. Component challenges are something that I’ve found very useful when you’re dealing with an overall situation that might be too large or amorphous to handle by means of a larger challenge. For example: Let’s say that you want to do a challenge about a journey through an underground cave, with the heroes finding their way through to the room that holds a sacred artifact. You could, of course, do this as one big challenge titled “Through the Caves” or something of that...

Storium Theory: Postmortem: Twishted: Academia

This post originally appeared on Gaming Creatively on February 16th, 2017. This week, I’ve finished another narration, so it’s time for another postmortem article! Today’s game is Twishted: Academia, a spinoff of my original Twishted game with a drastically different setting and tone. The original Twishted went for kind of a pulp adventure feel, such as I could manage, but the Academia spinoff was instead set around a group of normal people who worked or studied at a college. I figured the setting would be fertile ground for some interesting ambitions and conflicts, while still feeling more grounded than the original game had been (and, importantly, having a smaller scale that would be easier to keep focused). I ran Twishted: Academia from...

Storium Theory: The Excitement of Exceptions

This post originally appeared on Gaming Creatively on February 9th, 2017. If you’ve been reading my “Getting Personal” articles, you’ve probably noticed that there’s a bit of a theme with them – a common thread in how I like to think about using personality types in stories. I’ve said that the most powerful moment for a character in a story is when his personality “breaks” – when he is forced to confront the events of the story in such a way that he behaves contrary to his personality thus far. The relentlessly positive character falls into despair. The driven character sacrifices his mission for another. The coward rises as a hero. Those sorts of scenes can be some of the most interesting moments in a...

New Worlds Report Episode 16: The Wreckers & The Heroes Return

New Worlds Report returns as we talk about two more Kickstarter worlds. In this episode, we discuss The Wreckers & The Heroes Return! Links: The Wreckers: https://storium.com/world/the-wreckers The Heroes Return: https://storium.com/world/the-heroes-return http://media.blubrry.com/storiumarc/p/storiumarc.com/wp-content/Manual_uploads/NWR16.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |...

Episode 41! Dialog About Dialog

In this episode, we discuss finding a character’s voice and writing conversations. Show Notes 00:45 Intro 02:32 Geek-Out: Favorite Dialog Moments 26:21 Finding a Character’s Voice 45:25 Dialog and Details 55:00 Conversation Between Player Characters (with occasional comments on NPCs) 01:27:00 Negotiation Scenes 01:34:40 Wrap-Up 01:36:19 Outro Links: Storium Game Links: Red Door: https://storium.com/game/red-door/chapter-1/scene-1 War of Gods and Men: https://storium.com/game/war-of-gods-and-men “Passion Fruit”: https://storium.com/game/war-of-gods-and-men/chapter-5/scene-2 Pulp Vol. 1 – The Mayor’s Murder: https://storium.com/game/pulp-vol-1-the-mayors-murder Percy and...