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Character Creation

These are tips about creating a new Character for submission to play a Storium game Narrated by one of us:

Getting Started

Read the story description carefully. If the story is public, read the story so far. This will help inform your character creation and may include specific instructions from the Narrator.

Read other characters that have already been accepted and look for opportunities to add variety, be different, and/or to build relationships with other characters. They will also give you an idea of the level of completeness and detail that the Narrator is looking for.

Write a character you will enjoy playing. You are going to be in their shoes a lot.

Write a character that is not you. Fiction is an opportunity to step out and be someone or something different.

Selecting Cards

The cards selected are an important part of your character creation. Remember you will have to PLAY these cards out in moves during the story so be thoughtful. Leave yourself some room and open ends to negotiate.

Avoid choosing contradictory strength and weakness cards (e.g. the Character can’t be both poor for a weakness and rich as a strength.

Choose a real weakness, not a strength stated another way. Choose an unexpected or unusual weakness. Character’s flaws make them interesting. They provide fodder for drama and conflict or comedy in the story.

You can edit the Narrator’s example cards or create new cards as part of your character development within what ever boundaries are specified in the game description and on the cards themselves.

You can add images to cards provided by the Narrator or to cards you create to make them your own.

Character Sketch

The character sketch should address any specific directions, requirements, or instructions in the game write up. Please read carefully.

Your Character sketch must address all the cards you chose.

Your bio should also include something about how the character looks, their age, background, etc. There should be enough, but not too much here. Leave room for development in the course of the story line.

If your character has a secret or things about them the other characters won’t know, but the Narrator needs to know, please do include it in the sketch! Players will observe separation of information in Player and Character realities.

Character Review

The Narrator will review your cards and character sketch and may request revisions to them if…

  • They feel there is an imbalance.
  • Some aspect of the character won’t work in the story.
  • They feel you could push further and take more risks creating a more interesting character.

Not all Characters submitted will be accepted. Each Storium game will accommodate a limited number of players and sometimes a story is looking for a particular character assortment to play well.


The number of challenge points a Narrator can offer and the number of cards Players can play on those challenges in each scene is limited.

The Narrator can offer anywhere from zero to 3x the number of players in challenge points per scene. Once the challenge points are set, they cannot be changed for the scene.

  • Challenges can and may be added during the scene as long as the total number of challenge points available has not been consumed.

Each player can play 3 cards per Scene.

  • Only 1 of these three cards can be a Sub-Plot of Goal card in each scene

  • You can play any number of cards up to your maximum on a single move or spread your cards across multiple moves.

  • It is possible that in some scenes you may not have 3 cards available to play if you have just used the last of your strength / weakness cards and have not been through a scene change to gain a card refresh yet. If this is the case, let the Narrator know of your situation so that scenes can be closed out appropriately.

Read more about Making Moves with cards and Writing Outcomes based on cards played.

More flexible game mechanics may advent in this area in the future. There are many outstanding requests related to this from users being considered by the Storium creators.


Card Images

There are quite a few opportunities to add images to cards to Storium in the course of play. Mostly Players get to do this at Character creation time.
Unfortunately once a card is in play, neither the Player nor the Narrator can edit it (at the moment). But as you create new wild cards you will be able to add images. You can also edit the image of your character any time.
Posted images can and should be attributed appropriately on Storium.
Technically all images posted should be either wholly owned by you (original image) or be licensed under Creative Commons. Here is a Storium forum post on Creative Commons, attribution, and how it works. It is worth reading down into the discussion on this as there is more info provided.
The Esteemed Narrator is not going to police or enforce these policies. Our story will never be to published or make money on it so the risks are very low. If anyone ever says ‘you have to delete that image’ then we trust Storium will allow us to do that and we won’t mind doing it. And still, you should know about this stuff and do it right if at all possible.