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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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Help Me Tell A Story

Ever wanted to write a story?

Storytelling Game

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Ever thought you couldn’t do it?

Well, there’s a new game that helps folks tell stories :-)

I’ve written three posts, so far, about it:

Storium — The Online Storytelling Game

Games, Life, and Storytelling

Let The Game Begin!

That last one has the details about the first Story/Game I’ve created with Storium and how you can be one of the Character/Players in Forging The Future :-)

That’s all I’ll say about it for now since, if you like games or you want to take a go at telling a story, you can check out those posts

One last note :  I’m looking for players in a couple other places as well, so act fast—the Story/Game might start this weekend………
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Let The Game Begin!

Most of us like playing a game now and then. Storium - The Storytelling Game

Some of us would rather play games than go to work.

It’s been said Life is a Game

It’s believed Stories began around our ancestors’ campfires

Well, I’m a writer and I’m always looking for ways to encourage folks who also might want to be writers.

And, I’ve found a delightful way to help people write stories by playing a game!

I wrote about it recently in two articles:

Storium — The Online Storytelling Game

Games, Life, and Storytelling

Now, I’ve created a game in Storium and I’m looking for players

“Tilly”, my Best Friend, has already joined in, and I need 8 more folks before I begin the story.

I’m the Narrator and all the other players are Main Characters

I’ll show you the Synopsis for my first storytelling-game in a bit but I should mention that Storium is in Beta and should be released to the public by November.

If you’re already a writer (or, you want to play some games that could help you become a writer), you can create and play-out story ideas with others by donating as little as $10 to the Storium Kickstarter project :-)
>>> Check it out!

Now! I present the storytelling game I’ve just created (and, you don’t need to pay money to play):

Forging The Future - A Storytelling Game

Here’s my Synopsis:

April 15, 2099 — It’s time to create an additional Home for humans.

Starship Morna, with her 95 crew members, is ready to leave Earth-orbit.

Earth’s remaining inhabitants pause—-in their exertions to finalize the restoration of civilization—-to send their farewell messages to Morna’s crew via the InterMeshWeb.

Future messages to and from Morna will be few and far between because of the incredible distance she’ll travel

Morna might return to Earth, if the first leg of the mission succeeds—-voyage to Earth’s nearest neighboring system, Alpha/Beta Centauri.

The crew will attempt to establish a colony on the planet Centauri A—orbiting the Centauri double-star-system in a “figure-eight”.

A ColonySeed Hub has already been successfully landed on Centauri A and is located in an area with lush vegetation and water.

All crew members have been trained in all conceivable necessary functions.

Estimated duration of first leg of mission: eight years.

Preliminary time estimate to establish Colony: one year.

Second leg of mission—-Earth-return of up to half the crew: Optional.

The settlers will defer any considerations of implementing a particular form of government until Consultations can be completed with a convocation of all National representatives on Earth in communication with the Centauri A Colony.

Naturally, due to the lengthy signal-time between the Colony and Earth, it is to be expected that the Colonists will experiment with various Administrative Procedures.


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