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Games for beginners

This page lists all “games for beginners,” with the ones currently accepting new players shown first. These games are run by “Mentors” — volunteers who are generously offering their time and expertise to help new users learn how Storium works.

If you're new around here, joining one of these games is a great way to learn the ropes. There’s no pressure or expectations, nor is there any long-term commitment. Just join up and play for as long as you need to!

Note: if you’re a free Storium user, these games do not count against your 3-game limit. So dive in!

There are currently no games for beginners that are accepting new players. New games may be added soon, and any of the games below may open up again in the future, so keep an eye out.

Taproom!

This game is to drop in, drop out as you wish.

It consists of challenges and short adventures.
Timeless but with a medieval/magical feel. Characters can be from any era or setting.


This game is intended to be accessible and beneficial to players who are new to Storium. Players can join the story any time; and by the same token make an exit when they want to focus on other stories.

As well as a game, a great place to hang out and chat in character! Maybe meet other players to form a group for a game.

The Taproom.

None could really say how they got there. Some were not sure how long they had been.

They were from all walks of life. All periods of time. Many from Earth, but some were from … further afield.

Returning to whence they came was desirable - but for now, the refreshment was pleasant, the company was changeable and the challenges were … diverting. Though some seemed a little dangerous.

All they knew was in their old life - a life which now seemed so distant - they had opened a particular book or curio, and found themselves drawn into this … world.


I would want any player to tell me if I need to adjust to increase their access or inclusion.

Hosted and narrated by: Bexja (Bexja)

Started 09/04/22. Scenes played: 2

Target number of characters: 4
Current number of characters: 7
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: FoxTraveller, TheChocoboLord, CaralineForbes, Salzi, Broccoli, Carm1na, nightshadow_21

License: Community License

image source: BlazeTheMonkey

New Eden

We wandered off like children in the woods
And let the searchers come but never find us
Tried to make a life among the trees
While your dreams collected planes and cars and cities

You slipped away from me while I was sleeping
To climb the tallest oak and see the lights
Your dissatisfaction gave you questions
Do you remember what the city sounded like?


The characters in this game are determined to start a new life, back to nature, in a fruitful jungle.

Life is good.

Key to the story is that the island they move to is an absolute paradise. However, when the characters sleep, they dream.

And when they dream, their heads get filled with memories, aspirations, fears.

Gradually, the more they dream, the dreams affect them, and push them towards going to a different life.

The dreams are subtle, but like an enemy.

Some realise what is happening, others do not.

Can they keep their community together?


Rotating narration is available but you only narrate if you are comfortable with it, and you will be supported if you are new to it.

Hosted and narrated by: Bexja (Bexja)

Started 09/04/22. Scenes played: 1

Target number of characters: 4
Current number of characters: 7
Submissions pending: 2

Players so far: NikiKo, Lioness2000, Latte1, TheMasters, Naves35, Percabeth, CaralineForbes

License: Community License

WhatADayThatWas

Ta-dah! It’s your move!

My move? How am I supposed to know what comes next?
This is a game for beginners, but a bit more advanced.
Some of the other games I have put up are just regular games designed to be easy to get into and with someone on hand to explain anything to new players.
This one however is less about getting to grips with the mechanics, and more how to navigate some of the tricky things that can come up.

Like, when you just do not know what to post next.


I intended this game to be like a lucid dream - taking a song, some ideas, an image, and just see what it conjures up.

Don’t try to second guess what I want. Have a look, and just ask yourself what story would I write from this (and would I want to?).

And then go for it. What type of character? What era? You decide!
The only wrinkle will be is if we have 2 players with totally different ideas - but that can happen, and we will work through it together.

By all means, reach out to me if you need to - its always good to talk to the narrator if unsure - but don’t worry about failing. If you think you might like this - whatever you think this is! - have a go at a character. At worst, we can have a discussion about some of the challenges when you are not sure what you are expected to write next, and how we can address that as players (and narrators). At best, we will end up with an interesting bit of writing together.


Game brief


What a Day That Was - a song by David Byrne.

And on the first day, 
we had everything we could hold
Ooh  - and then we let it fall
And on the second day, 
there was nothing else at all
Ooh what a day that was.

There are fifty thousand beggars
Roaming in the streets
They have lost all their possessions
They have nothing left to eat

I'm dreaming of a city
It was my own invention
I put the wheels in motion
A time for big decisions

Down comes a bolt of lightning
Start an electrical storm
Starts a chain reaction
Go pull a fire alarm

(Lemme tell you a story)
Big chief with a golden crown    
He's got rings on his fingers
And then he walks up, up to the throne

And if you feel like you're in a whirlpool
You feel like going home
You feel like talking to someone
Who knows the difference between right and wrong

What a day that was.

Poetry is one thing.
But to live it….


More game info @ Info for invitees and applicants

Hosted and narrated by: Bexja (Bexja)

Started 05/29/22. Scenes played: 5

Target number of characters: 3
Current number of characters: 4
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: Lioness2000, Latte1, jaebird236, Naves35

License: Community License

Taproom.

This game is to drop in, drop out as you wish.

It consists of challenges and short adventures.
Timeless but with a medieval/magical feel. Characters can be from any era or setting.


This game is intended to be accessible and beneficial to players who are new to Storium. Players can join the story any time; and by the same token make an exit when they want to focus on other stories.

As well as a game, a great place to hang out and chat in character! Maybe meet other players to form a group for a game.

The Taproom.

None could really say how they got there. Some were not sure how long they had been.

They were from all walks of life. All periods of time. Many from Earth, but some were from … further afield.

Returning to whence they came was desirable - but for now, the refreshment was pleasant, the company was changeable and the challenges were … diverting. Though some seemed a little dangerous.

All they knew was in their old life - a life which now seemed so distant - they had opened a particular book or curio, and found themselves drawn into this … world.


I would want any player to tell me if I need to adjust to increase their access or inclusion.

Hosted and narrated by: Bexja (Bexja)

Started 12/01/21. Scenes played: 6

Target number of characters: 4
Current number of characters: 1
Submissions pending: 1

Players so far: IdkThrowThisAway

License: Community License

image source: BlazeTheMonkey

Return To Elf Mountain

Twenty years ago Elf Mountain was taken.

Now it is time to take it back.

It was home to the purebred Sanate elves, and also their cousins, Mākai elves, commonly known as wood elves.

Within its heart was the Jinta crystal - huge, running the length of the mountain, solid on the outside but vibrant with liquid magma coursing through it.

While the Sanate elves attended it, it provided the natural energy for crops, creatures and peoples in the surrounding lands to do well and prosper.

Then the Garginoids invaded. Times before they had been repelled, but this time they were organised and determined. They seized the mountain, and forced most of the elves out.
They thought they could control the Jinta.

They could stifle it - but they could not fully control it.

The Sanate elves turned to stone as the Garginoids corrupted its power.
The Mākai elves, however, were able to escape and make homes elsewhere.

All over the land, crop yields were high, and deaths from disease increased. The sky just seemed a little greyer.

The Garginoids also suffered. They became unable to reproduce, and struggled to obtain enough food. Of course, they terrorised nearby villages for resources.

The average life span of a Garginoid is fifty years. So, now, twenty years later, it is reckoned safe to return. The elves have built themselves up and acquired some new friends. The Garginoids they calculate are now of reduced numbers, and advanced age…

However, the journey will not be easy. Where once there was harmony and justice, now there is suspicion and fear. Hard, even wicked rulers have replaced benign ones; and cruel creatures have moved into the region…

Hosted and narrated by: Bexja (Bexja)

Started 05/20/22. Scenes played: 4

Target number of characters: 5
Current number of characters: 3
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: Inuyasha, Vividknightmare, Koragath

License: Community License

and To think AI saw it on Mulberry Street!

We are seeing what AI can do!

I ran this game before with the OLD AI.

The NEW AI is a BIG advance - let’s see how much we can rely on AI to write out moves!

The theme is Dr Seuss - we are trying to have really minimal content, lots of reference to colours (and Dr Seuss creatures and objects) so we can see how the AI responds to the content we do put in.

Hosted by: Bexja (Bexja)

Rotating narration

Started 04/28/22. Scenes played: 3

Target number of characters: 6
Current number of characters: 4
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: Bexja, QueenBigfoot, BingoBongoDingoDongo, jarofdirt

License: Community License

Orientation

Re-opened for more characters. We’re still on that first day, so it should be easy enough to find a way to intro new characters. Apply today if you’re interested!


Saturday, 31st August 2019

It’s the last weekend before your first year of university. Classes start on Tuesday, so you have three days to say goodbye to your family and friends, leave familiar places behind, settle into your dorm or housing, and get to know your new neighbours.

You’ve got an eventful few days ahead of you.


Orientation is a barebones Storium for beginners in three scenes. It will focus on developing characters and their interactions within the Storium system.

Scene 1: Leaving home - show the life your character is leaving behind.
Scene 2: Moving in - meeting the roommates/neighbours.
Scene 3: Orientation - the first official scheduled event of your university career.

Make as simple or as complex a character as you like; we’ll learn more as we play. (Although please make sure your bio is at least a paragraph of 80-100 words.)

Hosted and narrated by: Mysterious Stranger (Furare)

Started 04/19/22. Scenes played: 2

Target number of characters: 5
Current number of characters: 10
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: PrincetDime, Taheknier, HeadInTheClouds, Bunnymom, AndieBegins, Aviara, AlexCorner, LangLoffelLako, Isa47, TyRedSauce

License: Community License

image source: via Pixabay

Court of the Ambassador

A freeform game of diplomacy and conflict (and trade) with a D&D feel. Not huge focus on magic and monsters. Lots of scope for character development and story steering

No established external canon to worry about - the narrator will tell you all you need to know as you go.

I would want any player to tell me if I need to adjust to increase their access or inclusion.


Headlines

This game focuses on diplomatic problem solving and advancement, set in a medieval fantasy world. It is set for three scenes but there may be sequels. This is to focus on the initial game being completed without losing momentum, but with the option for enthusiasts to continue.
It would suit people who enjoy writing about conflict resolution, diplomacy and (small p) politics. In other words, running a government and steering a people, alongside personal character development.

The game will not start until there is a core of players who have a track record or known to the narrator so we have the best chance of the game being seen through to the end.

About the story:

Your character is part of a diplomatic team with an unusual and engaging brief.

Your home land (Vitriol) has signed a treaty with an overseas country (Laskia), making a port town and some surrounding land in that continent sovereign territory of Vitriol. This is to enable efficient trade between the two peoples.
This brings a whole portfolio of opportunities and problems - not lease managing conflicting interests and possible resentment from locals. There is of course plenty of politics, as individuals and groups try to pursue their own interests.

Game world:

The game world is medieval / fantasy. Magic exists but is not over very significant importance.

Game style:

Political, diplomatic drama, with an expectation of plotting and advantage seeking.

Expect a succession of challenges for your characters as various people or groups wish to protect their interests. Drama is likely to compound and build.

The game is likely to be fairly fast paced with a lot to read - but less frequent posters will be made welcome.

New players will be encouraged by the narrator.

About the narrator and players:

There will be a lot of scope to bring your own ideas to the table. The narrator will drip-feed core information about the game world so you will not have to read lots of source material in advance.

Players are asked to communicate weekly so we know you are still playing. As players have different speeds you do not need to worry about “posting in order” or waiting for everyone to post.
Players are asked to be respectful to one another and patient if there are differences of opinion or style.

Hosted and narrated by: Bexja (Bexja)

Started 02/24/22. Scenes played: 6

Target number of characters: 5
Current number of characters: 4
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: MagicTurtle, Magrigal, Naves35

License: Community License

Ghost TV

Suspense, modern day

This game is presented as a chance for people new to Storium to get to grips with things and ask questions, as they find their way to additional games. You might see this to the end, or it would be acceptable to leave once you are established.

I would want any player to tell me if I need to adjust to increase their access or inclusion.


A low budget TV production company is focusing on a series of programmes in which supernatural “experts” visit supposedly “haunted” houses and make a documentary about them.
Surprise, surprise they manage to find evidence of the spirit world in every one.

But then they visit one premises which gives them a very uneasy feeling…

Hosted by: Bexja (Bexja)

Rotating narration

Started 01/14/22. Scenes played: 6

Target number of characters: 3
Current number of characters: 5
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: floppy305, Grimpen, Bexja, MooseRider, Makina

License: Community License

Rogue Force.

A Star Wars based adventure.

Canon-lite. This means you probably need to have seen the films, but you don’t need in-depth knowledge….


This game “tracks” the first movie - ie we observe and indirectly interact with the events.

New players welcome.

Player characters should not be resolutely evil - they need to have enough good in them to be allied to the essentially good party.

All characters should fit in to the universe of the first 3 Star Wars movies (IV, V and VI). The story starts at the time Luke meets Ben. They can not be a major character from A New Hope as the story will run alongside those events. So they need to be an original character based on a Star Wars race, or a minor character who could feasibly get more involved…

Feel free to ask with any questions.

This is a fast paced game, with most players contributing weekly. But we are welcoming, and we will make it work if you can’t post that often.
If you think you might like to play, better to try out than miss out…

I would want any player to tell me if I need to adjust to increase their access or welcome.

Please contact me as to how best to join the game if you need inspiration!


Starting location:

Tatooine . At the time Luke first meets Ben.


You do not need to be an expert in Star Wars canon.

Hosted and narrated by: Bexja (Bexja)

Started 01/13/22. Scenes played: 4

Target number of characters: 5
Current number of characters: 10
Submissions pending: 3

Players so far: Talionis, lordstorm, Bexja, ShineingStar, LilyDraken, Fristi, RD75, griothorrorshow

License: Community License

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