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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!

In Durance (for Beginners)

In Durance (for Beginners)

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Leading up to the American War of Revolution (the War for Independence), the British and Commonwealth forces treated American combatants in a generally harsh - even inhumane way, largely ignoring the gentlemanly rules of combat with few exceptions.

During this period, especially difficult captured soldiers, militia and other fighters - spies particularly - were imprisoned on a ship that was no longer sea worthy but still afloat. These prison hulks would be beached on a sandbar some distance from shore, the sails, lines, cannons and other gear would be salvaged leaving just the hull as a steaming, stinking shell in the summer and a freezing coffin in winter with mortality rates in the 80th percentile.

These prisons were loathed across the Empire and between the cruel treatment and high death rates, there was little to lose in an escape attempt - death was hardly the worst outcome. One of the most notorious was the HMS Jersey, known as Hell by the inmates. The use of prison hulks was supposed to only be a temporary measure but persisted for 80 years. Many died of exposure, disease and malnutrition - there seemed a better likelihood of survival by trying to escape.


This is going to be a short one - opening scene, one scene to work together toward escape from the prison hulk, using whatever skills and resources are available. Possibly an intermediate scene to resolve conflict and possibly a twist, followed by the closing scene.The nature, strengths, weaknesses and other items are only provided as a sample-I would encourage players to create their own with logical limits.
The players are normal people thrust into an abnormal situation, no power players, no undead, monsters or gods. I expect players to write only for themselves unless there is a discussion between players and agreement made. NPCs may largely be managed by players with some exceptions so revisions may be asked for. Players are welcome to add flavor and color including zero card moves.

The tone will be gritty and dark but should remain generally safe for work.

I can be reached (and response expected shortly) at Talionis@live.com. I am in the U.S., Mountain time. I get that real life happens, so if you’re going to be offline for more than a day or so let me know and I’ll keep things moving.

Hosted and narrated by: Mike Hill (Talionis)

Started 03/28/20. Scenes played: 1

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

Players so far: badanthropologist, NecroCyanide, Phyrrus, WilliamBrewer

License: Community License

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.

End Of the Rhode

The End Of The Rhode isn’t always, well, the end of the road. Well, okay, for some of you it might be but for most it’s just a quiet roadside diner. A place where you can grab a cup of coffee and a bite to eat in the company of your fellow cryptids and urban legends.

Yep, you read that right. Because while normal travelers just seem to pass on by, for you and your kind, this diner and it’s gleaming chrome are a little slice of heaven.

So take a break and stop by the End Of The Rhode. Because everybody needs to once in a while. Even the Bluebeard, the Jersey Devil, and the Phantom Prom Date.

Hosted and narrated by: Lillabet Fyre (Firebirdschild)

Started 03/25/20. Scenes played: 0

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

Players so far: SFXDaveB, Firebirdschild, Dart, Elwyn, crazyw3irdo

License: Community License

Blood is Thicker

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.

While most have settled in enclaves and camps some choose to make their living between them on the long and dusty roads. You are one such nomad, hitched to a constantly-moving caravan that transports water from place to place, trading goods and safety for life-giving sustenance.

Where you get this water from is a well-guarded secret. But there is another, even more closely-guarded fact which, when revealed, may threaten the safety and existence of the caravan’s people. How you cope with it will change everything - both for you, and those who depend on you to live.

Hosted and narrated by: Erin 🐝 (erindubitably)

Started 03/18/20. Scenes played: 1

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

Players so far: Miriravan, mordant, Furare, Alithea

License: Community License

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: 1

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

Players so far: Ceekayell, docwho2100, Rattannah, Toyun, le_papillon, ScreamingAtoms, GingerGhost, Owleyes

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: 6

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

Players so far: DragonLady711, Ice_Wolf, Ember2, machiavelli, ScottP, QueenofAll, LadyRenald, thejrbs, Wyattspiders1

License: Community License

image source: Jody Lindke

The Station

The Station is a busy hub for ships all across the Vortex - and rightly so, since the strange astral conditions can make it difficult to fly in a straight line even when you haven’t been overdoing the Alexiun Vapours.

Better to dock at the Station and offload your cargo, search out a new job, or just enjoy yourself before heading on your way again. Who knows what you might encounter while you’re here!


The Station is always open to new players, so please join us! 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 one most interests you and applies to that, to keep them all at a manageable size. The other games are:

Hit the Grounds Running - modern-world coffee shop game

Late Nights at the Blade & Stars - fantasy tavern game

Hosted by: Erin 🐝 (erindubitably)

Rotating narration

Started 09/10/19. Scenes played: 3

Target number of characters: 12
Current number of characters: 6
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: erindubitably, mordant, docwho2100, CBrachyrhynchos, porcupineofwonders, Saber82

License: Community License

Late Nights at the Blade & Stars

The Blade & Stars is the best tavern for miles around.

Of course, it’s the only tavern for miles around, after the… incident that closed the Green Dragon. And the Broken Drum burned down again. But never mind that.

The point is, if you want cheap ale, hot food, a warm bed, an underworld contact, a bunch of patsies to help with an epic quest, even a job—this is the place to go.

No one stays for long, even the staff. But you never know who you might meet…


The tavern is open to new players, so don’t be afraid to throw in an app. But do read the Host’s Rules and Info for invitees and applicants before you apply!

There are a number of these Rotating Mentor games; we ask that you decide which one most interests you and apply to that, to keep them all at a manageable size.

The others are:

Hosted by: Mysterious Stranger (Furare)

Rotating narration

Started 09/03/19. Scenes played: 3

Target number of characters: 13
Current number of characters: 9
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: erindubitably, AndieBegins, Furare, Whispers, lemonize, OtakuNoises, Perkins, Bjuks, Sneaker

License: Community License

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: 14
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: erindubitably, mordant, AndieBegins, Furare, Pomato, Ice_Wolf, xSweetlife, Kawaiicoco789, army, singularity, Starkit, 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: mackenzieb, linlou999, JPHR, routheboat, NyxAyvella, ForbiddenDesires, 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

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