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#Writing Can Be All #Fun & #Games . . .

storium - online storytelling game Anyone who’s been following this blog should be able to tell that the title of this post must have an interpretation beyond those words’ surface meanings

Those who may be reading one of my posts for the first time may wonder about my mental condition since writing can often be anything but fun and games

So, I must quickly reference a past post—Storium — The Online Storytelling Game.

When I wrote that post, nearly two years ago, Storium was still in Beta and looking for support on Kickstarter.

Recently, Storium opened up to the public.

Even though it’s evolution over two years has turned it into an even better storytelling medium, my descriptions from that past post are good enough to let you know enough to, perhaps, go check it out:

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

“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?”

O.K., there’s the basic concept

Then, I went back into my blogging history concerning storytelling and games:

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?”

Then, there was their own description of Storium:

“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 [though, now, the narrator role can rotate amongst the players], 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.”

And, I must include their Bullet Points:

“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. [or, make your own World…]
*Something for everyone: You can tell any kind of story you want!”

Then, there’s the actual story that I and a few friends wrote with Storium

We all had real life interfere with the game so it does end abruptly :-)

Storium is free (with paid upgrades available), it’s fun, and it just might turn you into a writer (or, if you’ve already jumped off the cliff, make you a better writer…)

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

~ Muriel Rukeyser

And, here’s the Team behind Storium.

Now, a video to Show & Tell :-)

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Last Chance To Get In The Game !

Forging The FutureAre you a woman who writes and/or games?

Want to take part in a mission to another star-system and help write a story along the way?

I’m the Narrator for a story-game called Forging The Future.

I have 4 out of 5 crew members (players) signed-up.

I have room for one female character-player.

Be aware, this game is open on another site so, even if you applied swiftly, applications may be closed ( or, I may decide to add an additional crew member :-)

To find out more about the game and how to get in, check out my past post, Let The Game Begin!

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Games, Mind Maps, and Doodles

Regular readers know I focus on Reading, Writing, and Publishing on this blog but today’s post could certainly help anyone.

I’ve posted about games recently—Games for Writers ( or, really, anyone :-)

And, I’ve shown an example of using mind maps in my own work—I Give Myself A Fantastic Writing Challenge . . .

But, this post is also about the creative power of Doodles :-)

There’s a woman named Sunni Brown who is a champion of games and doodling.

But, I must add at this point that my Oxford Pro Dictionary defines doodle as “scribble absent-mindedly”

Sunni disagrees with that and you can hear her do that eloquently in the first video below.

Naturally, she has books about productive gaming and doodling.

Plus, if you go to that site you can take a $121 course to become a Personal Infodooler and, perhaps, earn back your money :-)

So, without further ado, a short than a longer video with Sunni letting you know how doodling can help you think more productivity:

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