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This geeklist is to supplement the discussion about Story Games on the On Board Games Podcast and in the On Board Games Guild here on BGG.
On some unknown date we will release the Storygames episode.


Please add your favorite story games to the list, if they haven't already been added. (Feel free to add as many story games as you love, you don't have to restrict yourself to just your most favorite.) Also, let us know how you categorize them in the Triple Play system; are they lite, deep, or do they have a strange interaction with story?

Lite or introductory game that facilitates telling a story
It could be good for kids and families, or suitable to play with adult non-gamers, or even just a good filler game.

Deeper, more gamerly, exploration of storytelling
This could be a longer game or one with richer mechanics or a deeper story.

Unusual/weird/strange story game
The off-the-beaten-path game could include strange mechanisms applied to the theme, or have interesting ways of interacting with story besides telling one. Edit to add: Like games where you explore an existing story, instead of creating or adding your own spin to it.

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1. Board Game: Before There Were Stars... [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:9456]
Board Game: Before There Were Stars...
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In Before there Were Stars players tell creation myths, explore the dawn of civilization, share tales of heroes, and proclaim the doom of everything.

It isn't a small story, but it instead it contains several stories told in extremely short form.
 
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2. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:501]
Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill
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Each episode is a separate story. Someone will be the betrayer, but we don't know who, or why.
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3. Board Game: Bring Your Own Book [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:2791]
Board Game: Bring Your Own Book
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Not about telling stories, but instead about finding quotes that relate to games questions. A good example of a strange interaction with games.
 
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4. Board Game: Call to Adventure [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:938] [Average Rating:7.35 Unranked]
Board Game: Call to Adventure
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A lite storytelling game where the player develops the history of their character, through various card interactions and the throwing of runes to determine success or failure.
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5. Board Game: Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:140] [Average Rating:7.99 Unranked]
Board Game: Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game
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Players investigate a mystery, that really feels like a procedural TV show. In the end they engage with characters and story that are brought to life by the history they learn and the actions the players take.
 
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6. Board Game: Fog of Love [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:785]
Board Game: Fog of Love
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Players explore a relationship, building the story one date at a time.
 
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7. Board Game: Gloomhaven [Average Rating:8.83 Overall Rank:1] [Average Rating:8.83 Unranked]
Board Game: Gloomhaven
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Players take the roles of members in a company of mercenaries as they explore the environs around (and history of) the town of Gloomhaven. Each character has their own retirement goal, and will leave the company to be replaced by a new adventurer.
 
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8. Board Game: Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:4617]
Board Game: Holding On: The Troubled Life of Billy Kerr
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Explore the story of Billy Kerr as you provide care during his final days.
 
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9. Board Game: Legacy of Dragonholt [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:974] [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:453]
Board Game: Legacy of Dragonholt
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10. Board Game: Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:9872] [Average Rating:6.95 Unranked]
Board Game: Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics
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Draw comics to tell a story, each round with fewer panels.

The story aspect of the game gets more relevant if players continue the same story round after round.
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11. Board Game: Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1543]
Board Game: Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game
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The classic game of playing cards to tell, and trying to run out of cards before other players can jump in and assume narrative control.
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12. Board Game: Rory's Story Cubes [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:2264] [Average Rating:6.30 Unranked]
Board Game: Rory's Story Cubes
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Roll the dice, tell a story... I don't think these even come with rules. I love 'em though. The very definition of lite.

Also, there is a huge variety of dice, some licenced by well known media properties.
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13. Board Game: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:82] [Average Rating:7.76 Unranked]
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14. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:406]
Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights
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A classic storytelling game, where the players explore a world based on 1,001 Nights. Winning or losing is secondary to having a wild, unique adventure.
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15. Board Game: Tall Tales: The Game of Infinite Storytelling [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
Board Game: Tall Tales: The Game of Infinite Storytelling
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Participants use story cards and tokens pulled from a bag as elements to create a story.

Each player can create their own story or work together on one grand tale.
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16. Board Game: Untold: Adventures Await [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:3531] [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
Board Game: Untold: Adventures Await
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Part RPG part Board Game, Untold Adventures is a great exploration of story structure with RPG style improv.
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