Story telling game


Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 15

Kamal, Essafah, Wadi’a, Djuha, Phokas and Celukwazi headed to the coast. The city of Zaila offered a resting spot from their adventures. One day, while exploring quiet section of the market, Kamal heard a rumour of a place called the Magnetic Mountain. Intrigued by this wonder, he made more enquiries to see if anyone had […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 14

Kamal, Essafah, Wadi’a, Djuha, Phokas and Celukwazi headed through darkest Africa towards the Sea of Safety. Passing through Bilma again, Kamal briefly considered settling the score with the spider-keeping hag that he had met last time through. Relishing the relative safety in comparisons to their difficult times, Kamal accepted an invitation to attend a masked […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 13

Kamal was jubilant. He had found his companions, defeated his foes and was at the peak of his strength. The only direction to go was east to the coast. But for a reason he could not understand he led the party on a detour south to the jungles. There he found the citadel of a […]

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Random decision tool v14 for story games

I’ve had a few different randomisation tables based on the original brilliant Mythic. As my tools for developing new directions in freeform story games have evolved I’ve continued to look for richer outcomes with simpler mechanisms. Looking back I see that the last version of my variable result table was quite a complex one that […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 12

When you are following randomised path through many potential seeds and then making that up into a story sometimes things come up that sit uncomfortably with your real world values. This is a part of the challenge, I guess, to make a story out of something unusual and perhaps even confronting. This happened in episode […]

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Slipstream, 100 years later

The Slipstream story finished years ago. It had a clear beginning, middle and end and made a complete story arc. It popped back into my head as I was reviewing the next candidates for solo story telling exercises. As I read through those epic events questions started to arise in my mind. What happened next? […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 11

This episode proved to be challenging as a story telling exercise because I approached it with some preconceived ideas. Therefore the randomness of my method threw up a real curly problem. It had been a while since I played out an encounter on the table using Labyrinth Lord and I had already decided to get out some […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 10

Kamal, Essafah, Wadi’a, Djuha and Phokas left Alexandria and headed south into the desert. Kamal had heard a rumour on his travels that more information could be found in Timbuktu and so that was where he led the party. As they approached that fabled city they came across a gigantic nest. They knew at once […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 9

While wandering the streets of Alexandria, Kamal and his friends came across a dice game. During the game the young ne’er do well was obviously cheating. This would not have been so much of a surprise or an outrage under normal circumstances but the victim of the con appeared to be an old(ish) cleric. [I […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 8

Kamal, Essafah, Wadi’a and Djuha boarded a dhow and headed out of Cordoba. The loss of Kekara had been a blow. They had got to know him in their adventure across Europe and his loss made the trip solemn. Kamal knew that the second of the gems he needed to fulfil his destiny lay at […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 7

When they got to Cordoba, capital of Andalusia, the very first thing that happened of consequence was the chance meeting with a lonely princess. And the uncanny thing about that encounter was that she used almost exactly the same words as they man they’d met in the central highlands. Kamal, Essafah, Wadi’a, Djuha and Kekara […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 6

While travelling down through the heart of Spain Kamal, Essafah, Wadi’a, Djuha and Kekara met a man who sat mournfully tending a campfire. Kamal wanted to find out what the man knew of the area because he sensed he was getting closer to Cordoba and the resting place of the magical jewel that his father […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 5

In a vast forest somewhere south of Paris, Kamal, Essafah, Wadi’a, Djuha and Kekara found themselves passing through a zone that seemed to threaten with terrible menace. As the days wore on and they penetrated deeper they became aware of unusual sounds and smells. The sense of crushing evil was all around them. One night, […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 4

Kamal, Essafah, Wadi’a, Djuha and Kekara through what would now be called the Balkan states and, following a feeling that came upon them, diverted to a town on the Adriatic coast. It seemed a place imbued with some kind of holy energy (it had a +6 on the reaction table) so they made camp by […]

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Tales of the Arabian Nights solo: 3

Kamal, Essafah, Wadi’a, Djuha and Kekara pushed on through Constantinople and into Aegean states. Their pace was slowed because of the disease Kamal has contracted from the snakes and they had to rest often. “I need to learn more,” said Kamal. “If I can find the right books on this I’m sure I can concoct […]

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