Story games

I like stories. I like games. I’m seeing more and more variety of games that combine the two. These are games that aren’t about winning so much as they are about spinning a great yarn. So for those interested in adding more story-telling to their games, or some random chance to their story-telling, here are a few to try. If you know of others please let me know – I love these sorts of games.

Once Upon A Time – A classic storytelling card game that’s now over twenty years old but still a great way to pass the time. A random hand of cards determines the elements that you’re challenged to fit into your storytelling.

Aye, Dark Overlord! – Another card game. This time the challenge is to come up with excuses for why you, a faithful minion, have failed in your duty to your villainous master. Very silly, lots of late night fun if you have the right mindset.

Microscope – I’ve raved about this one before. It’s a collaborative world-building game in which you tell a grand history with your friends, with always unexpected results. A fabulous creative exercise. Lame Mage also have another storytelling game called Kingdom, which I’m determined to try soon.

Watch The World Die – The other end of things from Microscope, this is about world-destroying, as you generate your own apocalypse. I haven’t tried it yet, but the PDF is free to download, so what’s to lose?

Tales of the Arabian Nights – I didn’t even know there were storytelling boardgames until I saw this review from Shut Up & Sit Down. It’s an entertaining review, and will give you some idea why I’m keen to play this game:

[vimeo 71104587 w=500 h=281] <p><a href=”″>Review: Tales of the Arabian Nights</a> from <a href=””>ShutUpShow</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a>.</p>