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Can anyone recommend any good story creating games - the 2 interesting ones I have found at the minute are-
Once up a time
http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/1234/once-upon-a-time

Rory's story cubes
http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/20545/rorys-story-cubes

I'm actually more interested in using these as a means to inspire writing full fiction stories and film screenplays,

any other ideas welcome, thanks.


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Rory's Story Cubes are really nice and there are several expansions now i think, Rory's Story Cubes: Actions,Rory's Story Cubes: Voyages

Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Gameis the classic fairy tale story telling game and has an expansion Once Upon a Time: Dark Tales

There is also Aye, Dark Overlord! The Red Box which is in a similar vein to once upon a time where you are the minions of the dark overlord returning from a failed mission and explianing why you failed and how it WAS NOT your fault.

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How about Fabula?
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I can't think of any as open ended as Rory's story cubes or Once Upon a time but in the story creation/narrative vein I'd say...

Dixit
Board Game: Dixit


Tales of the Arabian Nights
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Thanks! Some interesting things here - I'll have more of a look later and get back with any thoughts..

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I really like the artwork of Dixit - open to interpretation and dreamlike, but the story making mechanism is quite simplistic.

Fabula has a better story creating mechanic - but still a bit limited for what I need.

The Primetime game doesn't seem to be very visual - I don't think there's picture cards involved - visual cards/dice really appeal to me to spark the imagination.

The other games are too tight to a specific genre - I prefer the idea of archetypal elements that I can interpret for my own end - much like tarot cards I guess.

Have been looking more at Once upon a time - it really looks what I'm after - all the fairy tale elements are archetypal that can be applied to any genre - and the unravelling of the story by the players looks quite sophisticated, with lots of cards creating interesting characters and plots. It's also a game where I can play by myself as each player/role to create a final story from different points of view..

Will have to get it and try it out!



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Any of the B-Movie series are interesting, particularly if you combine them.
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Agent of SMERSH. I still can't figure out how to get game names in blue.
Click on the tab next to "Insert Geek Link" and select "board game". That will bring up a menu where you can type in all or part of the game's name and select the one you mean from the drop-down menu. Hope this helps.
 
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glennmarshall wrote:
I'm actually more interested in using these as a means to inspire writing full fiction stories and film screenplays,
Fiasco would be great for something like this. I believe the companion book even has some material addressing using the game as a writing tool.
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Great to see SMERSH get its huge kickstarter funding..

Fiasco I like look of - It provides a fun and structured way of creating a story.

I love those solitaire RPGs as well - wish I had more of those when I was kid..

another interesting find was Talecraft..
http://talecraft.komikasi.com/howtoplay.html
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Tell Tale from Blue Orange is family friendly, if that's a concern.

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Rory's Story Cubes have been a huge hit with my daughter and her friends (ages 4-7). I'm going to look into Dixit one of these days...and Once Upon A Time sounds like it would be great for my daughter.
 
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glennmarshall wrote:
I'm actually more interested in using these as a means to inspire writing full fiction stories and film screenplays,

any other ideas welcome, thanks.
If this is your intention, you'll probably get more mileage out of rpggeek.com. Since you're also looking for a visual element, Everway is probably your best bet.
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Another small-scale storymaking game is Nanofictionary.

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And I suppose Man Bites Dog could be considered a REALLY short story making game.
 
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Everway actually looks really cool - shame it wasn't a success. Definitely like the tarot aspect of it - a deck of cards revealing your fate.. the story unravelling card by card.
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For full fiction I would recommend http://rpggeek.com/rpgitem/93970/microscope
Its a multiplayer worldbuilding tool/game.
Have a look, I love it!
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I forgot to mention Dark Cults; a Goreyesque precursor to Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game.
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glennmarshall wrote:
Everway actually looks really cool - shame it wasn't a success.
That just makes it cheaper to get into now!
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