Story Realms is a story telling game from designers Julian Leiberan-Titus and Angela Hickman Newnham published by Escapade Games and Game Salute. Story Realms is set up in scenarios for two to six players where the players each control a character trying to overcome the troubles facing Storm Hollow, the setting of Story Realms. I’ve not gotten to play it yet (although there is a free print and play version of Story Realms available to try out on the Kickstarter and the rules are online), but it looks like it has almost as much in common with roleplaying games as it does boardgames, to be honest. In Story Realms, one player acts as the Story Teller (GM) leading the players through a set of scenes where the players learn about the problem facing Storm Hollow and decide how to try and resolve it, using one of several skills, building a dice pool, and rolling to see if they are successful. I’ve not played Tales of the Arabian Nights, but it looks like it is at least a cousin of that game, as well. It has a really nice, bright cartoon vibe to the art and Story Realms is meant to be played with children as well as adults. Story Realms (at present) is made up of the core set, which includes three introductory adventures and the rules for play as well as the Pieces of a Broken World adventure book, which contains 10 complete adventures. You can get the Core Set by itself or with Pieces of a Broken World as part of the Story Realms Box Set. From looking at the sample adventure available, it definitely looks like Story Realms is a guided RPG experience, with the story moving in a pre-ordained fashion but the players given leeway to do actions outside of the set choices like you would in a regular RPG. Hopefully I’ll get to print off the rules and the print and play sample to try Story Realms out soon. In the mean time, you can get more information from the Story Realms Kickstarter or on Board Game Geek.
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