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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!

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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.

Caught in Amber

You are members of the Amber bloodline with your inherent powers but, exiled to the Shadow Earth and cut off from your powers, at the same time being thrown to the authorities as high risk criminals and imprisoned in various “Super Max” equivalent prisons, psychiatric hospitals or a DHS black site (such as Plum Island) in North America some time in the past 40 years.

There you languished until recently when you felt your powers returning a little at a time. The exile, imprisonment and being cut off from your powers was of course managed by Eric using the Jewel of Judgement to prevent you from taking sides against him in his bid for power. As distant relations (perhaps only a quarter of royal blood or less) your powers are not as amazing or absolute as demonstrated by Corwin and others nor do you have Trumps (although you can use them to contact others if you get them).

The return of your powers is/was enough to either convince parole courts to release you or help you manage an escape (an event that a Super Max would never admit to). You may even have served your time being essentially deathless. As Eric was killed in Amber and the Jewel of Judgement was “unplugged” for a while, the blocks against your individual powers came down as well.

Hosted and narrated by: Mike Hill (Talionis)

Started 04/07/17. Scenes played: 6

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

Players so far: BigBadBear, Cixtian, Phee, Firanai

License: Community License

Horsemen riding by and firing bows as foot soldiers attempt to attack them.

Defenders of Akakios (Game G)

This is a beginner game.

The small town of Akakios has always known peace–but with the rise of banditry in the area, it has found itself a target for raids in recent years. Now, though, things have become more serious–a local bandit lord has gathered an army, and intends to assault Akakios and take over. If he succeeds, he will make the town his seat of power and use it to strike out into the wider region.

Fortunate, then, that you–the citizens of Akakios and the wandering adventurers who have come at just the right time–are ready, willing, and able to fight.


“Defenders of Akakios” is a simple game taking place in a generic fantasy world. Characters can be any common fantasy race (Elves, Dwarves, Humans, Half-Orcs, etc.) and/or class (Commoner, Fighter, Wizard, Thief, Wizard, etc.). The story will tend towards combat/action situations, so for ease of use I recommend making characters who are able and willing to contribute to a fight in some way.

I have set this up to be able to complete in 3-4 scenes in order to teach some elements of the Storium systems to new players.

Though this is set up to run for a shorter time than other beginner games, standard beginner game rules apply. Come in, get the knowledge you need, and then if you’d like to leave and go on to other games, go on with my blessing.

That said, if you want to stay for the full thing, I think you’ll get the most benefit that way and have fun telling a little tale about saving a town from danger.

There’s something really special about the feeling of completing a game. :-)

I will accept 5 players for this game mostly on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you see that there are already 5 players in the application pool but would like to join the game, please message me to let me know of your interest. I will do my best to periodically start up additional versions of this game and get new players in, or to invite new players if players drop from this.

Hosted and narrated by: Robert Mohr (Matjaza)

Started 02/01/17. Scenes played: 5

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

Players so far: intellikat, Skirata, peach, Syndarin

License: Community License

Twice Upon a Time (FoE edition)

Twice Upon a Time (FoE edition)

The Premise

Something has gone terribly wrong in Far Far Away, the land where all fairy tales take place. Happily ever afters are being re-written, true loves are separated, clever tricksters are no longer quite as bright as they used to be.

You know that something is wrong. It happened to you, too. And now you want to fix it.

Characters

Your character should be a classic fairy tale/folk tale character. Think Grimm, Perrault and Andersen, not Disney. I will be pretty strict about this so feel free to PM me before submitting your character concept. In addition, something should have gone wrong in your particular tale (Cinderella may have never gone to the ball, Sleeping Beauty might still be asleep, etc.)

I’m a huge fan of taking fairy tale motifs and twisting them, so have fun with that. In this fairy tale, princesses are quite capable of saving themselves, thank you very much. :-)

Well known characters may get assets peculiar to that character (for example: Jack might get magic beans).

I’ve given you some starter ideas but feel free to create your own cards.

I’ve set the speed to one scene per week, but am happy to go faster.

Hosted and narrated by: Meg Doughty (Greymalkin)

Started 01/18/17. Scenes played: 9

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

Players so far: Torirat, Melieth, StoicMarshmallow, Melandria, vlalekat, ladygreyeyes

License: Community License

Horsemen riding by and firing bows as foot soldiers attempt to attack them.

Defenders of Akakios (Game E)

This is a beginner game.

The small town of Akakios has always known peace–but with the rise of banditry in the area, it has found itself a target for raids in recent years. Now, though, things have become more serious–a local bandit lord has gathered an army, and intends to assault Akakios and take over. If he succeeds, he will make the town his seat of power and use it to strike out into the wider region.

Fortunate, then, that you–the citizens of Akakios and the wandering adventurers who have come at just the right time–are ready, willing, and able to fight.


“Defenders of Akakios” is a simple game taking place in a generic fantasy world. Characters can be any common fantasy race (Elves, Dwarves, Humans, Half-Orcs, etc.) and/or class (Commoner, Fighter, Wizard, Thief, Wizard, etc.). The story will tend towards combat/action situations, so for ease of use I recommend making characters who are able and willing to contribute to a fight in some way.

I have set this up to be able to complete in 3-4 scenes in order to teach some elements of the Storium systems to new players.

Though this is set up to run for a shorter time than other beginner games, standard beginner game rules apply. Come in, get the knowledge you need, and then if you’d like to leave and go on to other games, go on with my blessing.

That said, if you want to stay for the full thing, I think you’ll get the most benefit that way and have fun telling a little tale about saving a town from danger.

There’s something really special about the feeling of completing a game. :-)

I will accept 5 players for this game mostly on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you see that there are already 5 players in the application pool but would like to join the game, please message me to let me know of your interest. I will do my best to periodically start up additional versions of this game and get new players in, or to invite new players if players drop from this.

Hosted and narrated by: Robert Mohr (Matjaza)

Started 01/12/17. Scenes played: 5

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

Players so far: thebrownchef, Reynard, FloatingCommaStingingThistle, Valestein, arigon

License: Community License

The Caravan Passes

Down on your luck? Bored with your humdrum life? In need of an escape?

There is an answer: join one of our caravans and head out west! A whole new life awaits you, rife with promise and opportunity. You just have to get there first.

Ah, but even that can be an adventure. It’s all in how you look at things.

Do battle with rare and interesting diseases! Ford rivers once thought impossible to cross! Hunt your own food, like true adventurers, or face food spoilage and famine with a smile! Face off against bandits or wild beasts and send them home bleeding!

So if your present existence is dull or uncomfortable, this could be for you. Just try not to end up another badly carved grave marker by the side of the trail…

Hosted and narrated by: Mysterious Stranger (Furare)

Started 01/09/17. Scenes played: 6

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

Players so far: Pennblade, GlobalSinge, Veldrin, Yekhus, MaesterKupo

License: Community License

Storium 103: Monster of the Week

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!


Welcome to Storium 103! Don’t worry, this is not a class in a series, but just another beginner game. 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 01/01/17. Scenes played: 6

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

Players so far: eliasswift, Syndarin, rmalena, Lackadaisical

License: Community License

Anatole's III

This is a beginners game

Across time and space, across dimensions and 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 12/27/16. Scenes played: 6

Target number of characters: 10
Current number of characters: 7
Submissions pending: 1

Players so far: Armaan, Ceekayell, MightyAlbatross, Plothook, TheDorf, Rolkinar, Simulation

License: Community License

A Beginner's Guide to Piracy... in Space!

The year is 2489. Mankind has developed poorly-explained FTL technology and taken to the stars, discovering a whole galaxy of adventure, riches and opportunity… and alien races who want to keep all of that for themselves.

Just like the oceans of Earth, the celestial sea is a playground for all manner of different vessels. Traders, passenger liners, private yachts, drifters, scavengers… and pirates. Your ship, the Crimson Dawn, fits squarely in the last category.

Why you’re here is your own business. Pirates aren’t much for prying. Maybe you’ve fallen on hard times. Maybe you’re looking for adventure. Maybe you’ve got something to prove. Whatever it is, you’ve got your reasons.

But there are pirates and there are pirates. The crew of the Crimson Dawn are scoundrels and thieves, liars and occasional murderers, but there are those in the dark expanse of space who are far, far worse than you. So, ply your wicked little trade, but watch your back, lest you fall afoul of the fearsome Shadow Chancellor

Hosted and narrated by: Mysterious Stranger (Furare)

Started 11/25/16. Scenes played: 5

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

Players so far: Tafkae, xdenh, FieldofLight, Gegohouse, Nita

License: Community License

Horsemen riding by and firing bows as foot soldiers attempt to attack them.

Defenders of Akakios (Game D)

This is a beginner game.

The small town of Akakios has always known peace–but with the rise of banditry in the area, it has found itself a target for raids in recent years. Now, though, things have become more serious–a local bandit lord has gathered an army, and intends to assault Akakios and take over. If he succeeds, he will make the town his seat of power and use it to strike out into the wider region.

Fortunate, then, that you–the citizens of Akakios and the wandering adventurers who have come at just the right time–are ready, willing, and able to fight.


“Defenders of Akakios” is a simple game taking place in a generic fantasy world. Characters can be any common fantasy race (Elves, Dwarves, Humans, Half-Orcs, etc.) and/or class (Commoner, Fighter, Wizard, Thief, Wizard, etc.). The story will tend towards combat/action situations, so for ease of use I recommend making characters who are able and willing to contribute to a fight in some way.

I have set this up to be able to complete in 3-4 scenes in order to teach some elements of the Storium systems to new players.

Though this is set up to run for a shorter time than other beginner games, standard beginner game rules apply. Come in, get the knowledge you need, and then if you’d like to leave and go on to other games, go on with my blessing.

That said, if you want to stay for the full thing, I think you’ll get the most benefit that way and have fun telling a little tale about saving a town from danger.

There’s something really special about the feeling of completing a game. :-)

I will accept 5 players for this game mostly on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you see that there are already 5 players in the application pool but would like to join the game, please message me to let me know of your interest. I will do my best to periodically start up additional versions of this game and get new players in, or to invite new players if players drop from this.

Hosted and narrated by: Robert Mohr (Matjaza)

Started 11/07/16. Scenes played: 4

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

Players so far: dancingcrane, Flowerking, Prios, Zero300, ArkangelChewtoy

License: Community License

For Science! A Storium for Beginners

Prestigious Midvale University, one of the top ranked schools in the United States of America, is known for many things. The school boasts top notch academic programs, a first rate football team, and a lively variety of social and cultural events. Yet the school may be known for one thing above all else: the Multidisciplinary Academic Department, or MAD.

Founded in the 1920s by contemporaries of Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison, MAD was designed as an institution where top minds from a variety of scientific disciplines could work together on groundbreaking research. Generously funded and given access to the latest in scientific equipment, the scientists at MAD pursue experiments which would be dismissed as impossible at any other institution. Their work has brought scientific progress ahead by leaps and bounds, leading to inventions and discoveries which have changed humanity forever.

Of course, not everyone has such a rosy view of MAD. Some see them as a collection of crackpots and cranks, dangerous individuals pursuing projects man was never meant to pursue. Others say the line between genius and insanity can be fuzzy at the best of times. Who’s to say?

One thing is for certain: there’s always something interesting happening at MAD.


This is a Storium for Beginners game. It is intended for players who are new to Storium and will be a fairly simple story which will introduce the mechanics of how Storium is played.

Asking questions is encouraged. If you aren’t certain how something works, ask for clarification in the game’s green room, open lobby, or comment section. Chances are you aren’t the only one with questions.

All player characters should be people working at MAD. The story will revolve around mad-science related hijinks happening at MAD. This will be a fairly silly story with mostly comedic elements.

Nature, strength, weakness, and subplot cards have been provided to give you character ideas. If you want to make a different sort of character, you can make custom cards if you like.

Hosted and narrated by: Lux Tizer (Luxtizer)

Started 10/31/16. Scenes played: 2

Target number of characters: 8
Current number of characters: 5
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: Tami, AlecShazam, WascallyWabbit, GoblinSpaceWizard, sarsaparillajane

License: Community License

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