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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.
A legion of superheroes flies out from the skyline to do battle with a a titanic, helmeted foe.

The City Needs You! [Beginner Game]

The world has plenty of superheroes looking to defend it from the likes of Mechanon and the Slug. You’ve chosen to focus your heroic efforts on this one city. It’s your home, and you want to protect it from street scum, corrupt officials, supervillains, natural disasters, weird menaces, and other dangers.

{This is a “Beginner Game”. Please only apply if you are new to Storium or feel you still need to learn more about how Storium games work.}

Hosted and narrated by: StoryShtick

Started 02/10/21. Scenes played: 3

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

Players so far: ProxyBlack, AnnieChan, Atlas29, Grimstooth, 7Mia7, Kieranicorn

License: Community License w/ Creative Commons

image source: Hero Games
Legions of superheroes and supervillians fly towards each other, an epic battle in the making.

The Z-Listers: A Storium Beginners game with 3 scenes.

A Massive cosmic entity threatens the east coast, bringing a threat completely unlike anything the world has ever seen. Furthermore, the world’s most devious villains and most fiendish masterminds have joined this unfathomable being of evil.

But this story is not about that conflict and you are not those legendary heroes. who have joined the fight against it.

The west Coast city of Emerald City Oregon used to be a hotbed of super-powered activity, but now, only the most pathetic and inept heroes and villains remain.

The players take on the incompetent or pathetically weak Z-list heroes, and must defend Emerald city from equally inept and powerless villains.

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This game is meant to be a comedy superhero game in the style of Saturday morning cartoons. and it is meant to help teach beginners how to play Storium in a simple 3-scene short game.

each scene will be narrated by a different member of the Storium Arc podcast.

Hosted by: Zachary Ruffing (Rattannah)

Rotating narration

Started 02/21/20. Scenes played: 3

Target number of characters: 9
Current number of characters: 8
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: Rattannah, docwho2100, Ceekayell, CrystalWings, sunnyhenon, stesla, Scribblingsquirrel, Earthworm

License: Community License

image source: Green Ronin Publishing
A classroom filled with student monsters descends into mischievous chaos.

Welcome to Storium!: Monster Academy edition.

The humans have won the war against monsters, but now, a sort of peace has come up and monster children are sent to a school where they can learn a trade or academics and with their powers, talents, and unusual biologies, there is always something odd happening within the Halcyon Monster Academy.

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This is a beginner game meant to help people learn to play Storium and it is meant to be an episodic slice of life without having a major arc. There is also no assumption of long-term commitment on the part of players and each can stay for as long a time or as short as they like and the story is designed for a rotating cast.

we will be using the Monster Academy world more or less as written for this one.

Hosted and narrated by: Zachary Ruffing (Rattannah)

Started 10/29/19. Scenes played: 7

Target number of characters: 8
Current number of characters: 6
Submissions pending: 9

Players so far: Ember2, machiavelli, ScottP, thejrbs, UIGohan, mushuset

License: Community License

image source: Jody Lindke

Hit The Grounds Running

Welcome to Javawocky Cafe and Bakery, the best kept secret in scenic Ridgeview and its namesake University. This local coffee shop is known for great coffee, homemade pastries, late hours, free wifi, and a work-study program with excellent perks.


This is a game is for Storium beginners! We’ve all bean there and we know how depresso it can be to wait for character applications to be accepted - this shop is always open to new players, so you can hit the grounds running.

Do read the Host’s Rules and Info for invitees and applicants before submitting!

There are a number of these Rotating Mentor beginner games; we ask that you decide which setting most interests you and apply to ONE in order to keep them at a manageable size. The other games are:

The Station - Sci-fi game set on a bustling space station-world.

Late Nights at the Blade & Stars - Fantasy game set in a rowdy tavern.

Hosted by: Andie Begins (AndieBegins)

Rotating narration

Started 08/22/19. Scenes played: 4

Target number of characters: 14
Current number of characters: 11
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: mordant, erindubitably, AndieBegins, Ice_Wolf, Pomato, Kawaiicoco789, singularity, army, ABANANA12, tricolorpinto, elaija7116

License: Community License

Under stormy, ominous skies, a brilliant sunset frames a jagged cliff topped by a lighthouse. Nearer by, a rocky beach shelters an abandoned rowboat. Further out to see, a tall masted ship sets out for the horizon.

Semester Fun at Easterbrook College

The Village by the Sea is too beautiful not to fall in love with, too magnetic to be anything but a tourist trap. Over the decades, the struggling colony became a town of wealth and industry.

Now, Easterbrook College pulls in more out of town students to its vaunted halls than locals. The descendants of the Founding families seek to maintain the picturesque reputation, the “small town charm,” and the quiet obedience to the weight of custom. But underneath, the Village struggles with itself and the secrets contained within it. Its growth into a bustling community of size conceals a horrible truth: it was built on the darkest magic imaginable.


For those new to Storium, this is a beginner game (players/writers with no or limited previous game activity.). We will focus on learning how to use Storium. Each Scene will have Challenges that are designed to help you learn different aspects of the awesome Storium Universe and we will complete about 3 scenes for this Storium game (a shortened story for a beginning game).

Hosted and narrated by: Jojo s (docwho2100)

Started 04/26/19. Scenes played: 4

Target number of characters: 6
Current number of characters: 8
Submissions pending: 6

Players so far: routheboat, JPHR, NyxAyvella, ForbiddenDesires, mackenzieb, linlou999, Alex1983, diggity

License: Community License

18+

image source: Diego Rodriguez
A propsector's spacecraft, framed by the bright sun, lands on a rocky outcropping overlooking an endless desert.

Welcome to Quantum Flux Gulch

Mulysa (means dirty dump in the native tongue) was a dead-end world on the edge of human space, given the formal name of Everlorn even as the few souls to stumble across its wasteland and make it home stuck to the native name. It was destined to skip through space as a forgotten lump of rock — until the day a prospector stumbled out of the desert with a million credits’ worth of hyperdrive crystals in his hands. Now spaceships thunder through the skies above the planet’s boomtowns, and fortune hunters fill the dusty streets. Strap on a blaster or pick up a digger and stake your claim in this space western. You may find yourself exploring alien ruins and risking the wrath of the desert tribes, or riding a howling hoverbike and living the life of an outlaw. You might be a farmer trying to help feed the masses or perhaps you just want to open a nice little shop in town.

It’s the wild west meets future space age (ok yeah it’s a lot like Firefly :)


For those new to Storium, this is a beginner game (players/writers with no or limited previous game activity.). We will be focusing on learning how to use Storium. Each Scene will have Challenges that are designed to help you learn different aspects of the awesome Storium Universe. Stay and play to learn and then when ready you can “leave town” and retire or hand-off your character, ready to ride off into the Storium Sunset to face new adventures ;)

Please Note - the structure of this game is different than many Storium games. Each week I will post a new scene whether the challenges are complete or not. This Storium will run for the course of four weeks. The ideal is to post once or twice a week and make sure you can play for the full four weeks. If a player misses a week, that is ok, the Narrator will just weave the story to include any missing player posts.

Hosted and narrated by: Jojo s (docwho2100)

Started 07/10/18. Scenes played: 6

Target number of characters: 8
Current number of characters: 7
Submissions pending: 3

Players so far: docwho2100, HelplessBystander, Niblickspoon, _Anna_, Gogoli, Cross, Perrine

License: Community License

image source: Marisa Erven

InSpectres: Ghost Hunting for Beginners

You’ve seen the commercials. You’ve heard the radio ads. You’ve read the testimonials. You’ve even watched the documentary TV show. You know the InSpectres.

In a world rife with ghosts, ghouls, and goblins, the Inspectres are the (privatized) front line of defense. When you’ve got werewolves on your property, vampires in your attic, or just a ghost that won’t stop stacking your chairs when you plan on using them, these are the people you call.

And it just so happens that a new franchise is opening in your area. That 9-5 grind isn’t quite the highlight of your life. The days are long and far from enjoyable. Maybe this is the perfect place to start fresh.


Welcome to InSpectres, a game inspired by the tabletop RPG by Momento Mori Games. In this heavily structured beginner game, you play as employees of the newly opened InSpectres franchise as they set up shop and go out on their first mission.

In this game, beginners will learn:
-How to make a character
-How the various types of cards work, including neutral cards
-How challenges work, including special rules a narrator might add to challenges
-How to strategize and work challenges using the game and card rules of Storium
-How to ignore the game and let this be a collaborative writing experience.

Hosted and narrated by: eliasswift

Started 05/05/18. Scenes played: 6

Target number of characters: 6
Current number of characters: 5
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: victoriasilverwolf, Luna3391, Luts, fairybull, eliasswift

License: Community License

Amtal Rule

Amtal Rule

After the siege and capture of the Atreides enclave in Arrakeen, the household members and soldiers who survived were scattered to the winds. Some were able to arrange their way off planet but many joined the Fremen, mercenary groups or went on as freelance soldiers including Gurney Halleck, the valorous and well-known swordmaster.

Gurney was captured by a Sardaukar capture or kill team (after significant losses) and taken to an unknown site to await interrogation, leverage against the other members of the household and eventual execution. The word is, that he is kept in a perpetual drugged state to reduce his resistance and to prevent him from killing himself just yet.

Muad’dib has asked a team of Fedaykin to recapture Halleck and put him back into circulation, fighting the Harkonnens but without bringing Muad’dibs name or part in the rescue. Halleck still has a part to play.

As far as player dynamics, I am looking for an all Fremen cast unless a good case can be made for a Mentat, a Face Dancer or other interested party. Keep in mind that among Fremen, women are valued as highly as men for fighting and survival skills. If you choose NOT to be a Fremen, weaknesses will likely include Lack of Water Discipline.

I welcome custom cards of all kinds; card art is less important but would like to see at least an attempt for the character portrait. Same goes for the character name. That being said, the idea is for this to be an environment to have fun and be creative without judgement or criticism.

This is not “first come, first accepted” but I will only leave invites open generally for a short time. If there is not enough interest, I will not run the story. If you have already applied and been accepted but there are no further applications, please understand that this game will not go on.

I expect to take up to 6 players and am looking for players that are committed, know the background of Dune at least historically (I do not expect you to reread the novel before being allowed in). Also, as much as I like the work of David Lynch, I will try to stay true to the original work rather than the film.

Hosted and narrated by: Mike Hill (Talionis)

Started 12/16/20. Scenes played: 7

Target number of characters: 6
Current number of characters: 5
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: BigBadBear, Flowerking, VivalaHell, sheltk, Ilovereadingtomyself123

License: Community License

DAO Academy: Pari Passu Squad

DAO Academy: Pari Passu Squad

For those new to Storium, this is a beginner game (players/writers with no or limited previous game activity.). We will focus on learning how to use Storium. Each Scene will have Challenges that are designed to help you learn different aspects of the awesome Storium Universe and we will complete about 2 scenes for this Storium game (a shortened story for a beginning game).

The story revolves around a cohort of cadets at a training academy.


It is your first day at DAO Academy located in the Catskill Mountains in New York State, USA. You are a rookie recruit for the DAO. The Department of Abnormal Occurrences (DAO) is a worldwide organization dedicated to dealing with strange situations. DAO Agents operate in a world filled with metas (non-baselines), mystical, magical, aliens, humans (baselines) and more all trying to find a place in this crazy world. You are on your way to becoming a DAO Agent. You just have to survive your basic training at the Academy.

The Academy is set in the extended DAO universe. Examples of other games in the same universe include DAO Season 1, DAO Season 2, and DAO: Vault 13. There is also a DAO Wiki

Don’t be daunted by the extensive history. Each game is a self contained story. No previous knowledge is required.

The world DAO Academy is set in is similar to ours. Though there is a fantasy twist. In this world, the supernatural and the fantastic exist. Aliens have visited. Fey toy with mortals. Scientist fiddle with the very fabric of space and time.

The average denizen of Earth had no idea there were magical and meta mixed in. It was the DAO’s mission to help contain the meta/magical world. This was easy when Metas and magic was “hidden”, existing on the fringes and edges of society. But times change and more are aware now of Metas and this makes the DAO’s job a lot more complicated. The world is in a time of transition.

This is set in the storyworld of Department of Abnormal Occurrences created by @Twisted_Gnome - thanks TG for letting us play in the DAO sandbox

Hosted and narrated by: Jojo s (docwho2100)

Started 02/05/18. Scenes played: 6

Target number of characters: 12
Current number of characters: 9
Submissions pending: 5

Players so far: docwho2100, Copacetic, JJJJ, Cassidy, HanaCheul, Ivvu, fakename, itsthesarah, Kayla79

License: Community License

Monster of the Week: A Beginner's Guide to Monster Hunting

Coming soon to a TV near you: Monster of the Week! Follow a group of heroes as they travel the country, investigating horrible mysteries and fighting the creatures that exist under the bed and in the closet. They may be an unlikely group, but can their friendship survive the mission? Or will the mission be thrown by their incompatability? Find out on Monster of the Week!


In this game you will play as a group of monster investigators to the tune of Supernatural, X-Files, and Buffy. Some of the writing styles will even reference cuts and other such TV references.

In the process of playing this game you will get an overview of how Storium works. In the full course you will learn:

-How to make a character
-How the various types of cards work, including neutral cards
-How challenges work, including special rules a narrator might add to challenges
-How to strategize and work challenges using the game and card rules of Storium
-How to ignore the game and let this be a collaborative writing experience.

Beginners be warned: Many Beginner games are more “drop in, drop out” allowing for you to get your feet wet and see if Storium is for you. While those games are good and have their place, I generally design mine to have a more direct story and a thought process to teach the players.

If you do not want to stick around for a full game, this may not be the game for you.

Hosted and narrated by: eliasswift

Started 01/20/18. Scenes played: 5

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

Players so far: tgecko, Aboanor, C_Otter

License: Community License

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