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Storium — The Online Storytelling Game


Have you ever played a game and had it turn into a story? Storium

Have you ever read a story and felt like it was a game?

How about playing a game that actually helps you and few other folks write a story?

I’ve blogged before about how stories and games can interact:

The Fiction Game

Is fiction just a game authors play with readers?”

Writing & Games ~ Sometimes It’s Hard To Tell Which Is Which…

when you’re writing, it can sometimes seem like you’re in a game with your characters and you’re not sure who’s going to win…”

Games for Writers ( or, really, anyone :-)

If you want to write your best you need to be your best; and, if well-selected games can help you be your best, what are you waiting for?”

Now, I’ll introduce you to a new online storytelling game—STORIUM.

The game is still being Kickstarted but they do have a Beta version you can play with ( I just donated $10 and have access to the Beta :-)

From the site:

“Storium is a new kind of online game where you and your friends tell any story you can imagine, together.”

“Stories are part of what makes us human.”

“They’re all around us, from books and movies to TV and video games.”

“Experiencing a good story can be one of life’s great pleasures. But telling your own can be even more fun!”

“Storium uses familiar game concepts inspired by card games, role-playing games, video games, and more.”

“In each Storium game, one player is the narrator, and everyone else takes on the role of a character in the story.”

“The narrator creates dramatic challenges for the other players to overcome.”

“In doing so, they move the story forward in a new direction.”

“Everyone gets their turn at telling the story.”

“What makes Storium special?

  • Total freedom: You decide what happens in your story.
  • Multiplayer: Write and play with your friends, online.
  • Asynchronous: Play at your own pace.
  • Worlds: Pre-made playsets that help you tell stories in different settings and styles.
  • Something for everyone: You can tell any kind of story you want!”

They have two videos on the site:

First, one of the creators telling you about the background of Storium and what their Kickstarter Project is for.

And, one showing you the basics of how a game of storytelling works.

If you’re already a writer, this game could help you relax any tensions you might have about how writing “works” and even inspire new ways to create your own stories.

If you been toying with the idea of becoming a writer, this game could become your “basic training” :-)

“The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.”

~ Muriel Rukeyser

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