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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.

Anatole's IV

This is a beginners game - Storium First Timers only, please!

Across time and space, across dimensions and stuffed into that misty interface between fiction and reality are scattered a hundred million white cubes. No-one knows where they came from, or how they got their special power. The cubes are made of purest, smoothest white marble, and - no bigger than the palm of a human hand - for the most part, they tend not to attract very much attention, dismissed as part of the environment. But every so often, by accident or design, a curious soul might pick one up for closer examination.

What happens next to the person who picks up a cube is the night of their lives. The cube is a portal to a point outside of time around which has been built an ineffably cool bar and nightspot called “Anatole’s”. “Anatole’s“ has been designed as a place where characters from all walks of life can stumble in, order any drink their heart desires and chew the fat with the other patrons, before returning to their everyday life. Where else might you exchange poetry with a cyborg assassin, arm-wrestle a dead president and fall in love with a sentient paramecium… all in one amazing night! “Anatole’s” doesn’t accept money - drinks can be purchased for tall tales and inventive ideas. Once in a while, eponymous owner & barkeep Anatole will call “Time!”, close the tab, and drinkers are expected to pay their bill by sharing stories of their lives.

The bar caters for all languages and exists in a state of temporal grace - no weapons will fire (although that’s not to say the odd fight doesn’t break out - fists & cudgels still work just fine). And somehow the decor shifts to suit the current clientele.

Characters can arrive & leave of their own free will (or until Anatole throws them out!) There are no rules at “Anatole’s“ except civility… and an unspoken agreement not to upset Germ. No-one knows exactly who the hooded figure really is nor where she came from, except that she’s occupied the end stool for the bar for more than five millennia…

Hosted and narrated by: Chris Lewis (Ceekayell)

Started 11/05/18. Scenes played: 1

Target number of characters: 10
Current number of characters: 8
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: Quinnfeld, Snailtale, RhowanMac, PastaCat, KittMadden, Runga, KJEvans0506, Monpress

License: Community License

Heroes of Champion City: Storium for Beginners

Heroes of Champion City: Storium for Beginners

This is a game specifically for players who are new to Storium. Be sure to check the “Info for invitees and applicants” section for additional information.

The year is 2070 AD. Since the early 2020s, the world has been changed by the appearance of individuals with abilities beyond those of normal humans. People with command over fire and ice, people with the power to read and control minds, people who flew through the air and shrugged off gunfire. Individuals with a seemingly endless variety of powers appeared in greater and greater numbers all across the world.

Some of these people were the products of science, either granted powers by accident or through intentional human experimentation. Others were simply born with their abilities with no obvious explanation. Scientists continue to debate the source of these abilities, with no clear consensus having yet been reached.

Whatever the source of these superpowered individuals, it was only a tragically short amount of time before many of them turned to crime. So-called ‘supervillainy’ became a worldwide epidemic as non-powered law enforcement proved helpless to stop this new breed of criminal.

Fortunately, just as many powered individuals proved willing to step up and defend their communities against this menace. Vigilantes took to the streets in costumes and masks, fighting against criminals that law enforcement was unable to stop. While these individuals were highly controversial at first, governments worldwide began to realize that powered crime fighters were the only ones capable of protecting the public in this new age.

Thus began the careers of the first superheroes. Government agencies began to offer official sponsorship to certain heroes who had proven themselves as defenders of their communities. Teams of powered individuals increasingly replaced mundane law enforcement in cities across the globe. Most major urban centers now have at least one officially recognized team of heroes tasked with defending the people against all manner of villainy. Many of them still wear costumes like the vigilantes of old out of respect for tradition.

Of course, not all ‘heroes’ have taken on the role of a crime fighter out of a selfless desire to do good. Powered individuals are still in short supply, and government agencies will pay handsomely to get the best of the best on their side. Corporations increasingly offer sponsorship to superhero teams, placing their logos on their costumes and equipment in exchange for large cash contributions. Superheroes feature prominently in many major national advertising campaigns. Some of the most prominent heroes are among the most wealthy and famous people alive today. This includes the Justice Squad, the famed protectors of Champion City, a metropolis on the east coast of the United States

You aren’t one of those heroes. You have no corporate sponsors. You have no government contract. You are what many might call a ‘C-list hero’. You probably have a day job of some sort, and might just be scraping by to make ends meet. Still, the Justice Squad can’t be everywhere in Champion City. You might just be doing what you can to stop petty street crime for now, but who knows? The opportunity to make it into the big leagues might be right around the corner.

Hosted and narrated by: Lux Tizer (Luxtizer)

Started 10/07/18. Scenes played: 3

Target number of characters: 10
Current number of characters: 13
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: ToxicDjinn, sirenderboy, MyaStone, VicN, Mireille, Manaphy, marcos_perez, MoonlightFury, Lyracil, Blinitisgood, KatrinaKyte, CreativeCat, dreamer27

License: Community License

Argh! Pirates! (Group Yellow)

Little town, it’s a quiet village,
every day, like the one before.
Little town, full of little people,
Waking up to sayyyyy….

Argh! Pirates!!!!!

In this fast-paced, light-hearted, romp of a beginners’ game you will learn the basics of Storium mechanics, how to collaborate, and meet a few fellow Storiads to get yo started as you join this amazing and vibrant community of writers and gamers. So come take on the role of one of the “little people”, the average townsfolk whose home - unbeknownst to them- is about to suffer from an invasion by the most incompetent group of pirates ever.

Hosted and narrated by: Lillabet Fyre (Firebirdschild)

Started 07/25/18. Scenes played: 1

Target number of characters: 6
Current number of characters: 7
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: jljj1996, Kurian, LukeGriff, Challenger, AmberlyVeil, Lavander, Firecraker101

License: Community License

Argh! Pirates! (Group Blue)

WE APPEAR TO HAVE LOST A FEW PLAYERS SO I AM ACCEPTING 2 NEW ADDITIONS TO THIS STORIUM. PLEASE CONTACT ME BEFORE SUBMITTING

Little town, it’s a quiet village,
every day, like the one before.
Little town, full of little people,
Waking up to sayyyyy….

Argh! Pirates!!!!!

In this fast-paced, light-hearted, romp of a beginners’ game you will learn the basics of Storium mechanics, how to collaborate, and meet a few fellow Storiads to get yo started as you join this amazing and vibrant community of writers and gamers. So come take on the role of one of the “little people”, the average townsfolk whose home - unbeknownst to them- is about to suffer from an invasion by the most incompetent group of pirates ever.

Hosted and narrated by: Lillabet Fyre (Firebirdschild)

Started 07/25/18. Scenes played: 1

Target number of characters: 6
Current number of characters: 6
Submissions pending: 1

Players so far: Tyro, Eity, WaitingCynicism, cloudylucy, johnjayjacobs, cinnamontoast

License: Community License

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: Tyler Smith (eliasswift)

Started 05/05/18. Scenes played: 6

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

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

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: 10
Submissions pending: 6

Players so far: docwho2100, Kayla79, JJJJ, Copacetic, Cassidy, HanaCheul, DragonBorn513, Ivvu, fakename, itsthesarah

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: Tyler Smith (eliasswift)

Started 01/20/18. Scenes played: 5

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

Players so far: C_Otter, Aboanor, tgecko

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.

Ancient Bubbles

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.

It is the Bubbles Festival - a week long festival steeped in tradition as the first Festival was held 200 years ago. Many are drawn to this festival and this year’s event is extra special as it is the bicentennial and the town council wants it to be a celebration no one will ever forget, even if it becomes something no one will want to remember.


Welcome to Ancient Bubbles. This is a basic, beginners’ game (for Storium Players just starting and with very few games under their belts) where people can come learn the ropes of working with the card mechanics, hosts, narrators, and other players . This will be a short story (2 - 3 scenes) designed to give you a “taste” of what Storium has to offer.

Each player will create a character. Your Nature card sets your basic place/character type. Your Strengths and Weaknesses should be personality traits. And the Subplot should be your set character goal for completing your character’s personal arc within the story.

Please note - this is an ALL Ages Storium, which means you will want to watch language and adult themes when posting (please keep your posts PG to PG-13).

Have questions? Come talk to me in the Open Lobby!

Hosted and narrated by: Jojo s (docwho2100)

Started 11/22/17. Scenes played: 5

Target number of characters: 6
Current number of characters: 8
Submissions pending: 3

Players so far: docwho2100, EmeraldAl, Firanai, ashleyrose, HammerHorn, Flitz, livlavluv, drzachary

License: Community License

image source: Diego Rodriguez

Scourge of the High Seas

Shanties, treasure and adventure on the high seas… could a pirate’s life be for you?

If you’re contemplating this exciting career change, the “good” ship Scourge of the Seas is recruiting now! Captain Jolly Roger and his crew will show you the ropes in this new in-depth on the job training course. Become the fearsome marauder you were born to be! Unlock your diabolical potential today, scurvy dogs!

Hosted and narrated by: Mysterious Stranger (Furare)

Started 10/11/17. Scenes played: 4

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

Players so far: Wiecket, mega, Disaster, Elyan

License: Community License

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