Tuesday 28 July 2015

Tabletop review: Rory's Story Cubes

Rory's Story Cubes
The Creativity Hub

Being a rabid tabletop gamer (as in, I really like them - I don't have rabies) I can never have enough dice or dice-like objects. To sate my need for the latter, it's Rory's Story Cubes to the rescue - a story crafting game for one or more players from the genius bods at The Creativity Hub.

The idea behind these simple little polyhedrons is that you and your friends roll them and craft a story using the pictograms on their faces. The pictures are simple and generic so you can easily interpret them how you like. For example, that friendly be could be just that, or it could represent and invading insectoid race hell-bent on eating our broadband. Depends on your frame of mind, I suppose.

Of course, that's the basic way to play with Story Cubes, but the website contains numerous ways to chuck around your picture bones and spin epic yarns. For the imaginative, it's easy to create new play styles - whether you're with a bunch of your fellow peeps, or you're alone on your sofa getting your mid-week slosh on.

There are several sets of Rory's Story Cubes, including Voyages and Actions - each of which add themed dice to the mix. There are also smaller sets including clues, intergalactic, enchanted, prehistoric and score - all of which can be mixed and matched with your other dice to create new stories.

Now, Story Cubes aren't going to be for everyone. There are no hard and fast rules, which I'm sure will put some people off, but for fans of storytelling and whimsy Rory's Story Cubes are a must buy. If you have kids, these are great. If you're a GM wanting to create a new adventure, these are super useful. If you're with a bunch of drunk friends, these are hilarious.

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