I’m a fan of role-playing games (RPGs). Although I’ve never played a full session of Dungeons and Dragons (what most people think of when you say “RPG”) the concept intrigues me to no end – you get to be a someone else of your choosing. Most of my experience is in the MMORPG (massively multiplayer online RPGI space – I played World of Warcraft for years and currently have active Guild Wars 2 and Neverwinter accounts.
Recently, however, I discovered Storium, which aims to take the creative side of RPGs (which is what I like) to the online space. Not in the vein of an online video game (those exist, in infinitum), nor in just a storytelling mode without structure. Storium, which I backed on Kickstarter*, provides a framework for telling just about any kind of story. You build a character (comprised of a nature, strengths, weaknesses and a subplot) and the DM (dungeon master, or “game master” if you’d prefer) runs the story.
The biggest challenge with the platform is going to be the quality of the DM/GM. If you have someone who can go with the flow running your game then chances are it’s going to go well. If, on the other hand, you have someone who’s not adept at telling the story and dealing with the curveballs that will inevitably come up then the experience is probably going to be less than pleasing.
I’m currently in three games with three different characters (all fantasy-based, although there are numerous other “settings” – the Firefly universe, mystery, current-day, Lost-like, etc.) so I’m curious to compare. I’m also hoping they build in a player- and DM/GM-rating/feedback system so folks can get a better feel for who runs the kind of game they want to be a part of.
Storium is in alpha right now and not open to the public, but I heard rumor they might do another round of crowd funding so they might open it up and give you a chance to get in on it. You can check out their site at Storium.com.
* If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter check it out (Kickstarter.com) – it’s a crowd-funding site that has an absolute blast to just walk through and see what people are looking for funding for. Chances are in the list of projects you’ll find one that intrigues you – and you can help support it. It’s spectacular.by