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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!

The Return

The Return

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For centuries the Realm had been at peace, protected by the Elephant King, his Knights, and the Wizards of the Realm, then they came. Thirty years ago the Interlopers came out of the north, over the Northern Mountains, long thought uncrossable the interlopers proved otherwise in their sky ships. The Interlopers were originally greeted as friends, but to the Interlopers they saw it as opportunity and over the course of five years annexed most of the lands of the Realm. When the Elephant King found out he demanded for them to leave, but by then the Interlopers were already entrenched in forts. The war for the Kingdom had begun.

The Elephant King and his Knights fought across the realm, and though they won almost every battle they participated in, they could not win the war, the Interlopers burned villages to the ground and massacred the mages they came across. After three years the Elephant King surrendered to protect his people. He was allowed to keep the throne, but had no real power, that belonged to the Interlopers. After ten years he abdicated to his daughter Ashurna.

To ensure their position the Interlopers built castles, influenced the young and destroyed much of the Realm’s magical knowledge. Now the Interlopers have mostly withdrawn, rumor has it they’re fighting each other in their homeland, though a few knights and a legion of troops remain.

Now is the time to take back the Realm, to restore power to the throne, to restore the knights, and the wizards.

Hosted and narrated by: Chris Flagel (DominionChris)

Started 10/17/17. Scenes played: 1

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

Players so far: BirdieMonteio, dafatskin, lirena_2000, Windreda, TheSoulessThought

License: Community License

image source: wwarby on Flickr
Games listed below this spot are full and are not currently accepting new players. They may open up again in the future, so keep an eye out.

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: 1

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

Players so far: Disaster, Wiecket, UncrownedKing, mega, Elyan

License: Community License

Weird West: The Train Job

The Weird West is a dangerous place for anyone, be them orc, elf, or anything in between. Criminal gangs rob and kill for a living, and the law can’t do much out in the middle of nowhere. That’s where mercenaries like you come in.

Mercenary is a strong word, to be fair. You’re more like private security. The Go’ruk firm has provided skilled protection for people, places, and things for almost a decade now, and they’ve got the reputation to hold their own in the competitive market of hired guns.

Your small group of ragtag gungslingers has been working for Go’ruk for a little while now, and have been given a pretty high ranking job: Protect a travelling train from anyone who wants to rob it.

So, do you think you’re up for it?

Hosted and narrated by: Tyler Smith (eliasswift)

Started 10/02/17. Scenes played: 2

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

Players so far: usufruct, Sqadebert, pedanther, Kaylynn, Zinc

License: Community License

Midvale University, First Year: A Storium for Beginners

Midvale University, First Year: A Storium for Beginners

Midvale University is a moderately prestigious academic institution in the city of Midvale, population roughly one hundred thousand. Midvale is less than an hour from the beach for fun in the summer and the mountains for skiing in the winter, a beautiful place for students to spend their undergraduate years.

MU offers a wide variety of academic programs and extracurricular activities, drawing students with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. It’s the start of a new school year, and that means a new class of freshmen trying to find their way.

The game is set at a fictional university in a fictional American city in the modern day. There will be no supernatural elements or action-heavy adventures. Player characters will be incoming freshmen starting their first year at MU. This will likely be a mostly comedic, lighthearted story, though characters can go in almost any given direction. Think of any given college-focused comedy, or webcomics like ‘Dumbing of Age’.

This story will be steered by the characters. There is no great overarching plot planned. It could become a zany comedy of wacky college adventures, a drama, or even a romance. It’ll all be up to what direction people want to take things in.

This is a Storium for beginners game. No experience whatsoever is necessary with the Storium format. The focus will be more on learning the format and enjoying individual scenes rather than a grand overarching plotline. People are welcome to hop in or drop out at any time, though I will be trying to cap the total number of participants at a reasonable number.

Please feel free to ask any questions about Storium or the game while participating. This is specifically a game for people who want to jump in and learn the ropes.

Diverse characters welcome, the game is LGBT friendly.

Though wacky college hijinks are to be expected, this is not an 18+ game. Please avoid graphic depictions of violence or sexual activity so that the game can be enjoyed by a wide audience.

A number of nature, strength, weakness, and subplot cards have been provided. Feel free to use them, but also feel free to create your own cards from scratch if you’d prefer.

This is a clone of a previous Storium for Beginners. Plot points will repeat, especially early on. Avoid reading prior iterations if you want to be surprised.

Hosted and narrated by: Lux Tizer (Luxtizer)

Started 08/17/17. Scenes played: 3

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

Players so far: MysticalEnchantress, Turf, OrangeSaiyan, GiantDwarf, SleepingMask, Lirono, CallMeCharlotte

License: Community License

The Water of Life

The Earth changed years ago. Some parts of the land were covered in water; others found the water receding, leaving nothing but dry, empty desert. The world became hostile, even more than before, and those that survived the shifts banded together for safety and strength.

You are a member of one of these post-apocalyptic tribes, scrounging by the skin of your teeth for food, fuel and that most precious resource: water. A convoy has been sent from your settlement to a distant trading hub where it you traded for nearly a half-year’s worth of water before heading back.

You may be on the convoy for glory, for thrills, or simply for the cash, but whatever your reasons you’ll have to contend with raiders and sandstorms before you make it back.

If you make it back at all…

Hosted and narrated by: Erin 🐝 (erindubitably)

Started 07/31/17. Scenes played: 2

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

Players so far: sirstinkytheodorous, Fl00sher, AyQuePenaLaVida, arellanoreen

License: Community License

Hidden Depths

For two hundred years, the village of Draythel has stood alone on its little island.

Though it is isolated from the rest of the world—save for the ferry that runs twice a day in summer and once in winter—most of the people who live there don’t care. They like their little town just the way it is. Those who don’t… well, they leave.

It happens. Village life isn’t for everyone.

Over the years, a number of people have departed Draythel for pastures new across the narrow sea, and most of them have never looked back. But now, on the eve of the much-feted two hundred year anniversary, a few of these deserters stand at the waterfront, waiting for the ferry to take them back to their former home.

Only to find, when they arrive, that everyone has disappeared…

Hosted and narrated by: Mysterious Stranger (Furare)

Started 06/14/17. Scenes played: 3

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

Players so far: Qwazzy, Bangiulino, youtopiatron, kitmico, IndigoSpiral

License: Community License

Midvale University, Freshman Class: A Storium for Beginners

Midvale University, Freshman Class: A Storium for Beginners

Midvale University is a moderately prestigious academic institution in the city of Midvale, population roughly one hundred thousand. Midvale is less than an hour from the beach for fun in the summer and the mountains for skiing in the winter, a beautiful place for students to spend their undergraduate years.

MU offers a wide variety of academic programs and extracurricular activities, drawing students with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests. It’s the start of a new school year, and that means a new class of freshmen trying to find their way.

The game is set at a fictional university in a fictional American city in the modern day. There will be no supernatural elements or action-heavy adventures. Player characters will be incoming freshmen starting their first year at MU. This will likely be a mostly comedic, lighthearted story, though characters can go in almost any given direction. Think of any given college-focused comedy, or webcomics like ‘Dumbing of Age’.

This story will be steered by the characters. There is no great overarching plot planned. It could become a zany comedy of wacky college adventures, a drama, or even a romance. It’ll all be up to what direction people want to take things in.

This is a Storium for beginners game. No experience whatsoever is necessary with the Storium format. The focus will be more on learning the format and enjoying individual scenes rather than a grand overarching plotline. People are welcome to hop in or drop out at any time, though I will be trying to cap the total number of participants at a reasonable number.

Please feel free to ask any questions about Storium or the game while participating. This is specifically a game for people who want to jump in and learn the ropes.

Diverse characters welcome, the game is LGBT friendly.

Though wacky college hijinks are to be expected, this is not an 18+ game. Please avoid graphic depictions of violence or sexual activity so that the game can be enjoyed by a wide audience.

A number of nature, strength, weakness, and subplot cards have been provided. Feel free to use them, but also feel free to create your own cards from scratch if you’d prefer.

This is a clone of a previous Storium for Beginners. Plot points will repeat, especially early on. Avoid reading prior iterations if you want to be surprised.

Hosted and narrated by: Lux Tizer (Luxtizer)

Started 05/02/17. Scenes played: 3

Target number of characters: 10
Current number of characters: 9
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: Fluke, kittenmariez, RogiRed, Jamoviz, berried, RebaLioness, Puddles, Skipcoon, Wintermancer

License: Community License

Abbey's Rhode

Abbey’s Rhode isn’t always the end of the road. Well, okay, so it might be for some of you, but for most, it’s just a quiet little diner in the middle of nowhere to grab a cup of coffee, a bite to eat, and maybe get that weight off your chest by having a conversation with your fellow patrons or the staff.

So why don’t you stop by and take a break? Everyone needs to once in a while. Even the Jersey Devil, Bloody Mary, and the Phantom Prom Date.

Hosted and narrated by: Lillabet Fyre (Firebirdschild)

Started 05/01/17. Scenes played: 2

Target number of characters: 7
Current number of characters: 8
Submissions pending: 1

Players so far: Firebirdschild, Auto, theenglishstudent, elegantasperity, dancingcrane, Oriane, RDDenton, Fluke

License: Community License

Beginnings: Awakening

This Game For Beginners is OPEN TO TWO NEW PLAYERS following retirals. They must be a paladin and warrior. I’ll take the first two beginners who apply, so please don’t double up. Do read the story so far (there isn’t much as the game is very early on!) and take a look at the other active characters and think about how to contrast their personalities. Everything else you need to know is in the game info. Your character will first appear at the Green Dragon Tavern, so you need a reason to be there, which we can work out together. Thanks - and welcome!

 
The Head Librarian pulled her glasses off to pinch the bridge of her nose.

“So what we know so far is that a few months ago a mage performed a ritual at Boneyard Pass, out in the Grey Mountain foothills, that had some… unfortunate side-effects.

“Not to put too fine a point on it, we’ve been having… dragon returns.”

“Dragon attacks?”

The librarian clearly considered this to be an interruption of her flow, her brow furrowing just a little. “No. Well, that is to say, not exactly. They’re… repeats. A ghostly dragon appears and plays out the precise attacks of yesteryear. The direction of flight, the damage, all identical.”

She sighed, putting her glasses back on and rising from her desk, walking out from behind it and over to the bookshelves that lined her office.

“If only they were but apparitions. Unfortunately, the fire, the destruction, is all too real. The best that can be said is that those who remember what happened before can help prevent folk from being hurt.”

The librarian slipped her hands into the deep pockets of her robes, turning to survey the party.

“So. You’ll be wondering what you’ve been employed to do. Not to put too fine a point on it, I need you to go and speak to an expert at one of the attack sites, and figure out how to fix this.

“And then I want you to fix it.”
 


 
This story is continued from Beginnings: The Boneyard.
 

Hosted and narrated by: Mo (mordant)

Started 04/24/17. Scenes played: 2

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

Players so far: Jashika, Lomythica, Ender12, Compass_Rose, Demensium, Yasunari

License: Community License

Escape the Academy!

The Academy is one of the city’s great landmarks, as well as an institution famed far and wide for its role in providing a proper adventuring education. Locals already tend to ask those offering to help them if they were trained at the Academy, and this practice is slowly spreading across the neighbouring lands.

It’s pretty simple, really. If you want to make a living from adventure, the best place to start your storied career is with a training course at the Academy.

Success—and an increased life expectancy—will be yours!

Or that’s what the brochure says, anyway. Unfortunately, it fails to mention the jealous enemies of the Academy, or the institution’s less publicised exploits.

You are a student, come to the Academy to learn the adventurer’s trade, only to find yourself penned in as an unknown enemy assaults your training grounds.

You could not know the doom that would come upon you. But can you escape it?

Hosted and narrated by: Mysterious Stranger (Furare)

Started 04/22/17. Scenes played: 5

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

Players so far: ActuallyNerdy, Xiim, Payal, paintitblack89, Verethragna

License: Community License

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