Making Moves

This page is about making Moves, playing cards on challenges, and writing text moves… these points repeat and reinforce Storium game rules and clarify our house rules. (Also read about Writing Outcomes.)

  • Creative writing, risk taking, and boundary pushing in moves are accepted, encouraged, and rewarded.
  • The Esteemed Narrator strongly prefers that moves be written in present or present progressive tense as that is more active and exciting to read. Occasional departure from this to write a flash-back or deal with a chronological conundrum is of course acceptable.
  • Non-cards moves which communicate information, build character relationships, or otherwise add to the story without specifically addressing challenges are welcomed by this Narrator.
  • Challenges must be addressed by the text of the move and the cards selected to play against it.
  • Cards played on a challenge must be applied and justified as appropriate by being addressed in the text writing of the move.
  • Character change and growth is accomplished by consuming ALL of their weakness and strength cards, including the wild cards, and thereby obtaining an opportunity to select a different mix of or new cards for the character.
  • Assets may only be played within the boundaries of their actual capacity.
    • If you know an asset is recoverable, use only a component of an asset, or use an asset without consuming it or specifically addressing a challenge with it, you may just write about it without playing the card. (e.g. character used her bow string to help start a fire).
    • If you have consumed an asset card by playing it and can write that you recover it or construct more of it in a convincing manner, you may request more of that asset be granted to you by the Narrator.
  • If you need a card to pursue a goal or represent an asset, ask the Esteemed Narrator for it.
  • If you are holding sub-plot or goal cards that don’t seem appropriate to play, request a challenge from the Narrator that will give you an opportunity to play them.
    • If no appropriate challenge can be constructed and the cards have just gone fallow, the Narrator may provide a ‘dump’ challenge for them at some point so that you can clear them out of your hand and earn whatever rewards are pending.
  • If you have a question about whether a card is appropriate to be played or not, please ask the Narrator _before_ playing it because Storium game mechanics do not allow much room for revision or retraction.
    • Questions should not come up often.
    • This is not an attempt to closely control players moves, it is to insure that sub-plots and goals can be justified or assets played appropriately.
    • When in serious doubt, it is always a safe choice to play strength or weakness cards.
  • Playing cards inappropriate to the challenge and/or not justifying & addressing the cards played in your text move will be considered cheating.
    • Rewards of extra wild cards are earned by playing through stacks of goal or sub-plot cards.

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