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The Wedding Party

The Wedding Party

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The couple is beautiful. The wedding must have cost a fortune. Anna and Bret have thought every detail through and have decided to have a destination wedding. The wedding was planned to be on a remote island. Instead of a honeymoon the couple decided they wanted a vacation with their wedding party. The closest of family and friends. They rented out a huge beautiful building on the south side of the island and had one tour guide.
The wedding went great! The music was perfect, the drinks were strong, and only a couple of people got a little too trashy at the end of the night. Just enough for a few good stories.
It seemed like the perfect plan by the perfect couple. Until the next morning when the brides sister, Angelica, was found dead on the doorstep. Her throat slit.
There are six days left of this vacation on a remote island. The only communication is twice a day through a radio when somebody checks in with them. The boat will be there in six days, but there is a tragedy literally at their doorstep. Any one of them could have done this but all of them are trapped on the island with the murderer.

Hosted and narrated by: Abei Skidmore (shortorable)

Started 07/05/22. Scenes played: 0

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

Players so far: None yet — be the first!

License: Host License

image source: Joan Campderrós-i-Canas
Photo credit: Creative Commons

Snaked And Afraid

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Humanity has finally done the unthinkable- in rapid succession, a series of wars, bombings, and nuclear fall-out have completely destroyed the planet. All that remains is a barren wasteland.

Of course, you were unaware of this for you are but a simple snake. You were in brumation for the winter when temperatures suddenly increased. Only when you emerged from your den did you discover the chaos and aftermath. For a little fellow like yourself the world was already a scary place; now it’s gotten even scarier. At least there are other snakes in the same situation as you with which to band together, though you are able to offer one another little reassurance.

However, there are whisperings (“hissperings”, as it were) of a paradise untouched by the destruction of man. Known among snakes as Serpent Sanctuary Island, it is rumored to be plentiful with food. As luck would have it, the lake where this island is located is close to where you were just nesting. Unfortunately, there are numerous perils and predators that stand in your way getting there. Whether or not you risk the journey to this reptile Eden one thing’s for certain:

You’re snaked and afraid.

Hosted and narrated by: Rhino Time (rhinotime)

Started 03/15/21. Scenes played: 0

Target number of characters: 3
Current number of characters: 0
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: None yet — be the first!

License: Community License

Cracking the Kichledai's Egg.

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Alissandra is a realm of floating waterways and floating islands called aviaries. The battles over them remain fierce as the high-tech, owl-like beings known as Avarians, of the Kichledai have captured and held many lands.

It is time to take some of that back. A Hawk commander has convinced the Skyriver Republic to launch an attack on the Bronze Egg, a well-guarded Kichledai base but one that will give safe acess to much of Alissandra for the republic and others if the Avarians can be driven out.

Now it is up to you, a group of sailors in the Skyriver republic’s navy to take and hold the base to put a serious halt to the Kichledai’s plans of expansion and conquest, while also giving the Hawks a small bit of their ancestral home back.

This is a naval warfare game in a fantasy world with steampunk elements, even though the naval battles will take place on bodies of water suspended miles in the air by unknown forces. There will also be airships at least once.

This game was inspired by the Alissandra world I created on “AI Dungeon”

Hosted and narrated by: Zachary Ruffing (Rattannah)

Started 07/01/22. Scenes played: 0

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

Players so far: None yet — be the first!

License: Community License

The Beauty of a Nightmare

The Beauty of a Nightmare

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Crashed on a mysterious island beneath a sky of unfamiliar stars, a group of survivors explore to survive. Stranded and alone, they must triumph against threats both natural and mysterious in pursuit of escape… if escape is even possible. This world describes the mysterious island through intriguing characters and settings, but the truth behind it all is yours to write!

Hosted and narrated by: Connor Wembrook (TopGun)

Started 06/30/22. Scenes played: 0

Target number of characters: 3
Current number of characters: 1
Submissions pending: 1

Players so far: TopGun

License: Community License

image source: Joan Campderrós-i-Canas

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July

Chapter 4: The Secret of Silfr
Narrator: Tarlia

In your ripe old age, something strange and wondrous happened - you looked up from whatever it was you were doing, and there stood five beautiful young warriors. They told you to leave your things and go with them. You did, not because you didn’t have a choice, but because you will not be offered this chance again.

In the past, people who lived long lives have gone out into their daily routine and were never seen again. Today was your day and you were about to find out where they went.

Soon, you found yourself in Silfr - the city where everyone enters old and gradually age backwards. There is no deep dark secret, no ulterior motive. Your only task was to live your new life without the concerns of your previous life, and to help keep the city running in whatever way you wish.

It will be a joyous, carefree existence in which you start with wisdom and experience, before forgetting where it all came from. And forgetting where you came from.

Well, there IS one mystery: what happens at the end of your life in Silfr? They say you de-age into an infant and are reborn into your next life, but nobody could explain how this process worked. Nobody worried about it or cared enough to find out. Except you and your small band of newcomers.

Your characters met and developed a rapport at The Star & Song Inn - your first stop in Silfr where the warriors dropped you off for a quarantine/briefing of sorts. Once the idea took hold, none of you could let it go.

Can you figure out where you’re going before you forget why you’re there?

(Please see ‘Info for invitees and applicants’ for full details.)


R E S E T

It is a tale as old as time.

You join a game. The premise sounds interesting. Perhaps a friend or a secret crush is in it. Perhaps none of your usual co-writers are in it. Maybe the narrator was insistent that they will only start once they have x number of players, and you were feeling charitable at that moment.

It is a tune as old as song.

The game is off to a roaring start. Everyone is exploring their new characters, establishing their character’s role in the story, figuring out the other characters (and other players).

And then - record scratch - it is over.

The next person to move, does not move (They move in all their other games, though). Someone promises a move “soon” but “soon” is an abstract concept. Someone logs off and never comes back. Nobody responds to “gentle reminders”. Someone gently reminds you that people have lives too and we all should be kinder to each other. Whatever hopes and dreams you had when starting the game runs dry. A free user retires for a new and hopefully more active game, and you start eyeing the ‘retire’ button yourself. The narrator starts two new games.

The story never ends. In fact, it barely even begun.

Welcome to RESET, where we turn Storium’s biggest problem into a concept. ;)

(Please see Host’s rules for full details. Click here for the archive of previous games.)

Hosted by: Tarlia (tarlia)

Rotating narration

Started 03/06/22. Scenes played: 12

Target number of characters: 5
Current number of characters: 3
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: Toiletshorts, rhinotime, shortorable

License: Community License

A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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Character Available for Pick-Up: Shae Foster

Opening for another round of submissions. No reading of previous scenes required. You can either enter the faux tour as a passerby with nothing better to do, joining the chase for the real thing, OR, join the real tour and smuggle yourself into the group.

You’ve been invited to take part in a new sightseeing tour for your city’s centennial anniversary, free of charge! Who knew that radio contest would actually result in some much-needed R&R?

This is Magic One-Oh-Five-Point-Nine, bringing you the latest in hit tunes and legit rewards!

The only catch seems to be the restriction of mobile devices, but you needed some screen downtime anyway. All your attention will be focused on soaking up all the history you can. The complimentary food and drink don’t hurt either.

You’ll see your city like never before as you travel to old haunts and new favorites on a perfect day filled with adventure! Finish off with front-row seats to a grand finale of a live concert! Rumor has it the Mayor won’t be the only star this year…

What could possibly go wrong?


The goal of players in this game would be to play as many “weak” cards and complete as many “weak” outcomes as possible while dealing with a barrage of “strong” assets, situations, and characters; essentially doing everything possible to keep what should be a great day a bad one.

I’m also open to some players being the reverse; dealing with a bad day and trying to make the best of it.

Hosted and narrated by: Latte Coffee (Latte1)

Started 01/03/22. Scenes played: 4

Target number of characters: 12
Current number of characters: 7
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: xX_Del_Xx, Eade, StormSaphire, DeadlyNightshade, Bexja, Drucellia, M1dn1ght

License: Community License

The Frozen Age

The Frozen Age

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                                    The World

The Freeze was a mystery that wrapped around the world and smothered it in a cold blanket of white. In the mid 2040s humanity was celebrating coming back from the brink of ecological destruction due to the discovery of new green energy sources and one central break though in battery technology. In the minds of humanity with the end of fossil fuels a new golden age of humanity would be soon to follow and maybe it would have before the temperatures started to drop.

At first the drop in global temperatures was almost a welcome site after decades of record breaking highs. However, after enjoying those first few white winters’ things quickly began to spiral out of control. After the first few years temperatures’ started to plummet month to month, then week, to week, then day by day.

It didn’t take long for things to start to collapse as ice caps started to form off the coast of Florida and snow drifts over took the Middle East. The cold was unexplained and soon no one was left with the ability to even try as nations started to collapse under the weight of trying to manage this icy apocalypse.

In those days as the temperatures dropped faster and faster each day most people expected it to never stop. The world would simply freeze over with all life on it turned to ice. It did stop though, leaving average global temperatures just below zero. In those chaotic years of The Freeze, many died if not from the cold then from each other as everyone was just trying to survive.

It has been 30 years since The Freeze and those that were left have done their best to pick up the pieces left behind. New nations have risen up from the frozen wastes and continue were the old ones left off, trying to carve up the world to best suit their needs. Most of the frozen earth is still wild with small and large towns doing their best to claim their own small part of the world just to get by.

                                The Situation

A harsh gust of icy wind blows over the large trading town of Argo. The chill cuts through you even as you find yourself pushing though a mass of people crowded in the town square. The town has found itself caught in the middle of war between two major factions.

The forces of the Republic and that of the Confederacy nearly surround the town; which to this point has been able to stay neutral ground. The situation has been terrible for the town as its hit by stray ordnance from time to time and travel on the roads in and out of town has become so dangerous trade is nearly at a standstill.

The Mayor is getting desperate to finally resolve this situation and is putting out the call to any able bodied persons to help put an end to this standoff that is slowly killing his town.

                                        Notes

1) No characters past 45 years old, if your character was born before The Freeze they wouldn’t have been any older than 15 when it happened.

2) It is the future, but tech really stopped advancing around the start of 2040 and most of that isn’t going to be working all that well since it hasn’t had properly maintained for 30 years.

Hosted and narrated by: Curtis Nieland (Blaze)

Started 01/11/15. Scenes played: 0

Target number of characters: 5
Current number of characters: 1
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: shortorable

License: Host License

The School for Evil

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Powers… They have been around for hundreds of years. During all those years there has always been a balance between good and evil, until around 25 years ago…

Then, almost all of these powered people have chosen the path of light and right, which means that there was a surplus of heroes and no villains to balance it out. This poses several problems. All those people who chose to be a superheroes now have no real purpose. And there was also a risk that these highly trained heroes may instead harm others if they grow bored.

The government got together and began to think of a way to stop this potential threat, without causing the crime rates to increase. Finally they came to a conclusion… Artificial villains. They would manipulate people into villains, but unbeknownst to anyone, even the people who were conditioned to be those villains, they were complete under the control of the government, meaning that any crimes that they did never caused any real damage.

To get these people to turn into villains, they take impressionable powered teenagers from juvenile centres and the streets around the country. They have perfectly malleable minds, and they will never be missed.

This secret program has worked wonders… but the truth is coming out…


Greystone Boarding School for Troubled Youth is a dismal concrete building, nestled in between a few similarly dull government buildings. Some would say it seemed more like a prison than a school. No one really knows how many students are behind its walls or sees them. Everything around it is very -hush hush- but to the people work there and the students trapped inside, its the School For Evil…


GAME PROGRESS!

Chapter 1(The Fool) : DONE
Chapter 2(The Magician): in progress

Hosted and narrated by: Taco Del (xX_Del_Xx)

Started 02/03/22. Scenes played: 5

Target number of characters: 999
Current number of characters: 10
Submissions pending: 3

Players so far: xX_Del_Xx, cutepuppy, BlazeTheMonkey, Sofos_Nera, Writer1213, Beej, Jaspericorn, Kyoko, Lunar_Moon, Aubrey11

License: Community License

Hush Now

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A group of six contestants make their way on to a dating show to try and woo over Jax Middleston. For the first few weeks of the show, it continues as planned with the usual drama and strange behaviors that accompany reality TV.

On the fifth week everything fell apart when one of the contestants was found dead from a large head wound. The whole show went into lockdown as the police entered in to find the perpetrator from among the show participants, but the drama and search for love continued off screen with increased stakes, violence, drama, and betrayal.

Will the killer be caught before they strike again and, more importantly, who will walk away with Jax’s heart in hand?

Hosted and narrated by: Jaspericorn

Started 06/26/22. Scenes played: 0

Target number of characters: 7
Current number of characters: 1
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: shortorable

License: Community License

Rivers of Light

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Are we each destined to live for one brief lifetime? Can any person live eternally, or live again? There are some in the old worlds of Babylonia and Egypt who profess to know these answers. You may meet them on your own quest for eternal life.


Above is the intro text which greeted players of Rivers of Light, a game that was originally released in 1984 as part of Stuart Smith’s Adventure Construction Set. As one might expect from a mid-1980’s CRPG, it had some rather strict technological limitations, but the game was nonetheless pretty interesting and contained a wide variety of myths and stories from the ancient Middle East. It has been mostly forgotten now, so it’s not likely to receive a HD remaster any time soon, but, perhaps fitting the game’s theme, why not give it new life as a Storium game?

Currently accepting new players! Layla is also available to be handed off, so feel free to post in the Lobby if you’re interested in playing as her.

Hosted and narrated by: Amber (sparkletwist)

Started 05/16/22. Scenes played: 3

Target number of characters: 3
Current number of characters: 3
Submissions pending: 0

Players so far: Joen, mforrester, CosmicHippo

License: Community License

image source: Sir Austen Henry Layard

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