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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!

A classroom filled with student monsters descends into mischievous chaos.

Welcome to Storium!: Monster Academy edition.

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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.


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: 8
Submissions pending: 9

Players so far: Ember2, machiavelli, ScottP, thejrbs, neko1morii, JayPat, UIGohan, mushuset

License: Community License

image source: Jody Lindke
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.

Sleeping Chaos

A thousand years ago, there was magic and technology beyond anything in the world today. People lived in great cities, worshipped strange gods, and performed miracles as easily as breathing. Most wondrous of all was Val’Raz, the Floating City, held aloft by spells now lost to time—until disaster or affronted gods cast it down to earth.

Or so the tales claim. Most serious scholars doubt that Val’Raz ever existed, though it is true that the ancients possessed magic unknown to any still living.

Then an expedition into the jungles of Tahella found a ruined city that seemed to have been scattered across the landscape. Rumour claimed it was none other than Val’Raz, and though learned minds doubted it could be, many still wanted to see.

As the excavation of the ruins progressed, guards and scholars began to go missing. No one knew what to make of it, not until a survivor limped back to camp.

He spoke one word and then collapsed. “Demons!”

Hosted and narrated by: Mysterious Stranger (Furare)

Started 07/10/20. Scenes played: 1

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

Players so far: snakelova, selphietrabia, Guinevak, Maliden, mushuset, Andre7977

License: Community License w/ Creative Commons

In Durance (for Beginners)

In Durance (for Beginners)

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 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: 2

Target number of characters: 4
Current number of characters: 4
Submissions pending: 2

Players so far: badanthropologist, NecroCyanide, Phyrrus, WilliamBrewer

License: Community License

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 03/30/20. Scenes played: 1

Target number of characters: 6
Current number of characters: 7
Submissions pending: 1

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

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.


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: Rattannah, docwho2100, Ceekayell, Toyun, le_papillon, ScreamingAtoms, GingerGhost, Owleyes

License: Community License

image source: Green Ronin Publishing

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: Furare, mordant, erindubitably, AndieBegins, Ice_Wolf, xSweetlife, Starkit, 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


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: 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: victoriasilverwolf, Luna3391, Luts, fairybull, eliasswift

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

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