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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.

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: 2

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

Players so far: victoriasilverwolf, Luna3391, Luts, Vegas, fairybull, FabioKevin

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: 5

Target number of characters: 12
Current number of characters: 11
Submissions pending: 6

Players so far: docwho2100, Copacetic, JJJJ, Cassidy, HanaCheul, DragonBorn513, pseudonym, 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: 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: tgecko, Aboanor, C_Otter

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, HammerHorn, Firanai, Flitz, livlavluv, EmeraldAl, ashleyrose, 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: Disaster, Wiecket, mega, Elyan

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: 5
Submissions pending: 0

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

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: 4

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

Players so far: Qwazzy, youtopiatron, kitmico, IndigoSpiral

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: 3

Target number of characters: 6
Current number of characters: 2
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: Jashika, Compass_Rose

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

A massive zeppelin, shining golden in the evening light, soars towards a metropolis on the horizon.

Murder in the Clouds

You and your companions couldn’t believe your good fortune to snag a berth on the maiden voyage of the Zeppelin Express’s newest ship of the line — the Isembard. Lord Anthony St. John Wesselton, Chairman of Zeppelin Express and the seventeenth most powerful man in Britain, is on board himself to christen the launch of his latest aeronautical innovation. But alas, his poor wife, Lady Wesselton, undercut the pomp and ceremony by having the bad taste to turn up dead shortly after takeoff.


Welcome to Murder in the Clouds. 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 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.
personality unique

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 04/01/17. Scenes played: 4

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

Players so far: docwho2100, idkblehh, Spook, MissE, DocX

License: Community License

image source: Giorgio Baroni

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