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I’ve been a Wild Talespinner for many a year…

July 11, 2012

Not long ago I caught wind of a game called Story Realms, which aims to be a quick, fun, family-oriented roleplaying game. I can’t remember where I first heard about it, but there is a lovely bit of backstoryfor the game on the Growing Up Gamers blog (browse around there to see more posts about story realms). Anyway, to cut a long story short, I figured Miss B might like this, so I registered as a playtester and we now have a print & play playtest set, complete with home-decorated special dice.

Summoning the power of storm magic and… a jar of goo.

Our first session had myself as Storyteller, with Miss B and S playing the heroes. S knows her way around a roleplaying game probably better than I do, but this whole concept is completely new to Miss B. 5-year-olds roleplay all the time, but doing so within the constraints of a set of rules is a whole different kettle of fish.

Miss B really struggled for a while to know what to do. The sort of games we have been playing together so far essentially involve making choices from a small set of alternatives like a hand of cards. In a roleplaying game there are far fewer constraints and so you have to start thinking in a different way. This was probably all exacerbated by her choosing a character type that didn’t really fit how she wanted to play. Eventually, though, she started thinking of things like the fact that she and S had been hurt in a fall so she could try using the jar of goo in her healer’s kit to make it better.

By the end of the session (and the end of the scenario) Miss B was getting really into the whole experience and was very disappointed that we had to stop.

A few words on Story Realms itself. The game is roleplaying gaming stripped down to the basics. There are some lovely rule mechanics and the character set-up is beautifully slick. The materials at the moment are pretty scrappy, but it is just playtest kit and having seen a little of the final artwork it looks like it should look beautiful. I’ll be sure to post updates here as and when…

The verdict from Miss B (aged 5½): “I liked it because it had a story in it.”

The game: Story Realms (Escapade Games), no other details available yet.

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