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  1. Allow narrators to pick NPC characters for scenes without making them obstacles.

    Narratively, I'd like to pick NPC characters that are currently in a scene and not have to make them all obstacles for the players. Perhaps I have three jungle explorers that I want my player to talk to, in order to get needed information. I'd like to be able to include all three NPC explorers as characters in the scene (with their pictures and such). But make the obstacle more general with a separate card.

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  2. Ability to search games, users, and worlds

    A way to search the existing games more efficiently than going down the list 5-10 at a time would be a great idea. Some of the games featured in the Kickstarter info, I'd like to check out.

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  3. Character Relationship Cards

    I would like to see cards that establish relationships with other player characters that you could then call on to address challenges. This would integrate the player characters better and allow for more player interactions.

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  4. Narrator Pause Button

    It would be nice to have a way for the Narrator to pause the ability to make moves in a scene until they are ready to allow the action to continue. This way they could pause the scene after someone makes a really disruptive or 'dick' post and then 'resume' once it is straightened out without having the moves continue roughshod along making it impossible to reverse something.

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  5. Allow co-operative narration and world building

    I'm sitting here with my girlfriend while she's setting up a custom game. And since we both know what this is about, things would be so much easier if we could both edit the same things. But right now you can only have one narrator. It would be nice if a narrator/creator could invite other people to share their editing abilities. Co-GMing is hardly a new thing, and I'd assume eventual world building will be much easier to do with two or three people than alone.

    Thank you for your time.

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  6. Permit mutually-exclusive obstacles to allow greater player choice

    Right now, all the players are, by default, on the same "side" in all conflicts. Allowing the Narrator to set mutually-exclusive obstacles will let players use Storium's mechanics to work at cross-purposes.

    I know that a Narrator can set two Obstacles and end the scene manually when one is met. I think implementing this as a Narrator-side choice from the beginning will allow more dynamic stories.

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  7. Custom Card Bank

    Allow custom cards made by the narrator to be tied to the narrator and used for new games. Allow narrator to pick and choose from previous custom cards when creating a new game. Allow narrators a venue to trade cards or ideas for cards.

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  8. Parallel scenes, each w/ only specified characters

    One scene at a time in monolithic procession, with the expectation that every character will interact, isn't working for us. As narrator I cut a scene too short but couldn't go back; I want to run two at once, i want to interleave two scenes, all currently impossible.

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    We will soon be adding the ability for the narrator to explicitly specify which characters are in a given scene. Would that help a bit?

    Meanwhile, you can visually segment the action in a scene by using a horizontal rule (“-” in our layout syntax). Note also that the system does not require that players make a move in every scene. So you can ask someone to “sit this one out” and the scene will be able to progress just fine. Hopefully these techniques can get you un-stuck for the time being?

    Regarding simultaneous scenes, we’ve received this suggestion from a couple of other users, too, and so we are thinking hard about how we could add it to Storium without making things difficult to use and understand. It’s high on our list so please stay tuned.

    Thanks for the feedback!

  9. export function

    HI,

    sorry, this may be redundant but is there a function for exporting finished games/stories as pdf for archival purposes? I'm hosting a side-campaign of an original rp here, and this would be killer for our group - so that other members can catch up and for my personal reference as a dm.

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  10. Export characters to different stories

    It would be super neat if characters could somehow be "exported" from a concluded story for inclusion in a different story.

    So say I've got a character, Alice in a game, playing happily for ages, and you've got a character, Bob in another game, playing happily for ages. We decide we want our friend Eve to start a new game with our old characters- rather than starting a new "level 1" character, it would be cool to bring over the old character's deck into a new game.

    Yes, I know this is not trivial. :)

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  11. Player vs player conflict

    There doesn't seem to be any way to have player vs player conflict. I mean I could create an obstacle, but that seems to be a little ... flat? There really isn't any benefit or penalty to the players other than just ... kind of being there?

    Thoughts:
    Be able to add characters to the character or conflict system.
    Be able to give up character's items and plot cards as possible rewards for winning.

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  12. The "Opposing Outcome" Challenge Card

    One way of promoting player vs. player interaction would be to introduce an "Opposing Outcome" Challenge Card. Unlike conventional challenge cards (with strong or weak outcomes), an Opposing Outcome Challenge would be used by players to determine which of two mutually exclusive outcomes take place. The accompanying image shows what two of these cards might look like.

    The challenge presents two alternative Courses Of Action. These COA’s might be in the form of two choices (administer conventional medicine or an untested experimental vaccine in a medical game; reason with a creature/monster or attack it in a sci-fi/fantasy game; voting for…

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  13. Add the ability to mark a character "completed" instead of forcing retirement

    Stories can end either by "suspension"--meaning they didn't actually reach a conclusion--or by "completion"--meaning that they did. But if a story is ongoing but a character has died or otherwise completed his story, currently the only option is for the player to retire or be retired.

    It would be cool to give narrators the option to mark a character "completed" rather than forcing retirement in these cases, and have Completed characters show up on the player's profile. (I think I'd keep it just as a narrator power, but not sure on that.)

    This can matter, as honestly a player having…

    172 votes
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  14. Narrator can choose for subplots to be hidden

    When creating a game the narrator can choose for subplots (and possible other cards) to be hidden from other players. For example if there is an espionage subplot the player could still play the subplot card without giving the game away. It could also create whodunnits etc. so other players except the narrator are kept guessing.

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  15. Assign new strength/weakness cards to players

    Give the narrator the ability to give and take away strength/weakness cards to players in a scene. For example, someone tries to swim across a cold river in winter and becomes fatigued. By allowing the narrator to give that person (or people if multiple with same condition) a fatigue card to play as their weakness, it allows for some cool immersion.

    You could give them a goal card of getting rest/warming up whatever, and once that's done the narrator takes away the weakness card.

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  16. Give Narrator full edit control always

    Sometimes mistakes happen, retcons need to be applied. Please give the narrator the ability to edit everything in the story at any time. Hopefully experienced players will rarely need it, but even the best players make mistakes.

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  17. Using specific Assets as keys

    I'd like a way to set a Challenge to require a certain card be played. For instance, there's a keycard lock in front of the players, and they need to use the Key Card asset card on it to open said door. Right now, the system allows them to use any card on it. I know that I can just block them and tell them to revise it, but it would be nice if I could make it so it will simply not accept other cards but the one I specify.

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  18. Allow the narrator to give out personal challenges

    There are ways now to offer advantages but no way to offer setbacks. I suggest, to make it a positive experience for the player even if not for the character, we offer the player personal challenges-- challenge cards given a point value as usual, and issued to a character. The character could then play the challenge card and up to 3 cards on it, not counting towards the scene total. The end card could be a Wild Strength or Wild Weakness depending upon a strong or weak outcome.

    These personal challenge cards could be played on any move where a…

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  19. Table of Contents

    It takes a long time to navigate previous scenes and chapters in longer stories--can you add a table of contents to make it easier?

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  20. Phone App

    Have a Storium App added to the App store so I can play wherever I go

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