Thursday, May 1, 2014

Let's Tell a Story... Together!

Today is Friday. Normally that means I'd be sharing some tweettastically fabulous gems from the week.

Plot twist!

Any stellar tweets from this week have been bumped to next Friday because the Storium Kickstarter is closing soon and I want to make sure you know about it. Why? Two very important reasons:

1. If they get to $200,000 in pledged support, they'll create Storium for Schools. As a writer and a parent, the dwindling creative projects in schools worries me. Storium is a great opportunity to let anyone flex their imagination muscles and I'd love to see it as a safe tool for teachers.

2. You get to play! As a backer, you get to play in the Beta version of the game instantly. Don't back it in the next few days? You'll have to wait until the public roll-out, projected to be sometime in November.

StoriumLogoI know what you're asking, What is Storium?

You can get the long version (and become a backer) at their Kickstarter page. But in a nutshell, it's a game that lets a group of people tell a story together.

Here's how it works:

One person (the narrator) creates a story. This includes a world of settings, characters, character traits, and more. Currently there are only a handful of pre-made worlds but more than 40 have been funded through the Kickstarter and you can also make your own from scratch.

People who find the story interesting create characters and apply to be part of the story.

The narrator approves the characters they think will play well in the story.

Then the narrator guides the characters into certain scenes and gives them specific goals. The characters play out the scene, trying to be the one to best achieve the goal. That person gets feedback/control going into the next scene.

It's a little bit like doing Improv but you don't have to actually look at anybody and you have time to think of what you want to say. That's a win for the homebody introvert in all of us.

I'm in the middle of my first story and it is a blast even though half of us haven't got a clue what we're doing.


If that sounds interesting to you, check it out. If you choose to back it or are already a backer, come back here and leave a comment. I'd love to get together with some of you and play a story game of our own.

So who's in?

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