16 Apr

Xenowealth universe is now a Storium stretch goal

What is Storium? From the Kickstarter:

“Storium is a web-based online game that you play with friends. It works by turning writing into a multiplayer game. With just your computer, tablet, or smartphone, you can choose from a library of imaginary worlds to play in, or build your own. You create your story’s characters and decide what happens to them. You can tell any kind of story with Storium. The only limit is your imagination.

Storium uses familiar game concepts inspired by card games, role-playing games, video games, and more. In each Storium game, one player is the narrator, and everyone else takes on the role of a character in the story. The narrator creates dramatic challenges for the other players to overcome. In doing so, they move the story forward in a new direction. Everyone gets their turn at telling the story.”

(Via Storium — The Online Storytelling Game by Storium / Stephen Hood — Kickstarter.)

Stephen Hood, one of the creators of Storium, approached me at Worldcon with an iPad in hand. We’d pinged emails back and forth, but there in the San Antonio convention center he briefly showed me the mechanism for online game play using story.

I didn’t grow up lucky enough to have role playing games around. But I’ve always loved seeing that it existed. After some conversation, I could see that it would awesome to set up some of my research and notes for the Xenowealth into background material for a playable Storium module.

So I agreed to set the Xenowealth up as a stretch goal for Storium.

If you loved Crystal Rain, Ragamuffin, Sly Mongoose, or The Apocalypse Ocean and enjoy role playing games… well, you should check out Storium!