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  1. Change how NPC characters work

    I know that there is already a suggestion to: "Allow narrators to pick NPC characters for scenes without making them obstacles." But I don't think this goes far enough. Right now, characters are identical to obstacles and in many cases that does not make sense.

    How this game handles NPCs as obstacles makes no sense, even when they are supposed to be hostile. When you write an NPC card, you naturally want to write a description of who they are. However, when you play such a card, your players have no idea how he/she is an obstacle. When you play…

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  2. 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!

  3. Allow users to change usernames

    Right now we're stuck with the one we chose when we sign up, and it might be good if Storium could allow users to change their usernames, but put a limit on it so things don't get too confusing. Or perhaps have a display name separate from the username entirely.

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    If you email support@storium.com we will be happy to change your username! Please include the following info:

    - your current username
    - the email address asssociated with your account
    - you first and second choices for a new user name (just in case the first is already taken)

  4. ...localize the game for other languages.

    Hi. I'm German, though I'd like to think my English is pretty good. Now, I happen to know a goodly amount of other Germans who enjoy writing, storytelling or role-playing. Not all of them speak English to any appreciable amount but the basic idea of your project would most certainly appeal to them.

    Now I realize that you need to get Storium off the ground first before you can do anything else but I would strongly suggest seeking localization for German and French at the very least. Or barring that, explicitly stating that it's okay to run stories in a…

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  5. 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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  6. Tag Categories

    Ability to tag a story with categories users can search to find games they would be interested in.

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  7. It would be great if there was some kind of search function within a story

    ...to be able to search for the occurrence of a certain word/s in a story, for instance, "golden harp". This would allow a player to be able to read all the times this has appeared in the story and refresh ones memory of how and when it was mentioned. At the moment trying to keep up continuity without having to re-read the whole pervious story is quite hard.

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  9. All Player Accessible NPC information page?

    A simple editable document (basic formatting and bullet points) attached to each game, accessible to players and Narrators only, to jot notes to maintain continuity during the story. Players/Narrator could use the page to include NPC names, important plot point, bit of backstory, etc for use specifically during the composition of a move. It would need to be accessible to players while writing moves, but not need to include as many details as would be included on a previously suggested 'cast list' of NPCs.

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    Great suggestion, thank you! We actually have this in our evil plans. Worlds will come with narrator and player-oriented documents that provide backstory, plot ideas, etc. You’ll be able to edit and add to these in the course of play!

  10. Not require three identical strength/weakness cards in character creation.

    I realize people have lots of opinions about this.

    My instinct would be to have one "constant" Strength or Weakness that returns to the player's hand after play, like a permanent schtick. You still get three choose-your-own and one write-your-own.

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    FYI, we are still looking at this but the initial Gamma launch will have an evolutionary improvement. New characters will start with:

    2 Strength cards
    2 wild Strength card
    2 Weakness cards
    2 wild Weakness cards

    This gives you more flexibility at the start of the game (which you need it the most, because your character is new and not well-developed) without making the character creation process itself more complex.

  11. Dark Site Version

    I'm not a fan of all white sites and perhaps a switch to a black/white site would do my eyes some good :) Thank you~

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  12. Allow for player card inventory editing

    I've had some players take cards or play cards and the group felt it wasn't appropriate for that situation. It would be good for the narrator to be able to edit player card inventories to either increase or decrease card counts, or delete cards in hand.

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  13. Phone App

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

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  14. Personal Character Library for Players

    While we get an email with a character copy when a Narrator closes a game, if you quit a game, or if you're removed, you lose your character for good.

    And that is particularly annoying\sad especially on characters with complex and custom cards. I would like to know if it would be possible to:

    a) Allow players to keep copies of all of their characters in their account, no matter what the status of the story (active, inactive, etc).
    b) Have the possibility to "reapply" a character, by submitting it to another story.

    So, b) would be possible by adding…

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  15. let players spectate for certain scenes

    So, this is more a comment in 4+ player games, but I'm in a 2-player game right now for which it's also relevant.

    It's not always reasonable that each character will be in every scene, but right now there's no way to handle that except for people to willfully refrain from participating.

    That works kind of, but it doesn't alter the available currency for the narrator in the scene. (Or rather, when the "you're spending more challenge points than the players can resolve" message pops up.)

    Also, it can be easy to forget when folks are deliberately spectating.

    So I…

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  16. Provide a way to bookmark games

    There's a lot of games to scroll through in here. I would have liked to be able to mark some for closer perusal later, but I don't see the option.

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  17. Allow players to edit moves and have narrators approve them

    Sometimes, players make small typos that don’t really hinder the game, but they are bothersome upon rereading. Instead of the narrator requesting revisions, it would be cool if players could edit their move and the revised version went to the narrator for approval (preferably with highlights of the edits). Then, the narrator could approve or deny the changes and they either go public or return to the player with an explanation.

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  18. Mark notifications as "read".

    Right now, there's no way to tell at a glance if any of the notifications are new to me. I can look at the notification area, and see that Bob made a move 30 minutes ago, and Sally made a comment an hour ago. But I look and go "... Crap, did I read that one already?" And then I have to open up each of the games in question and check.

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  19. Autorefresh homepage notifications

    I don't want my email spammed with all the notifications from the games I'm in, but I do like to know when stuff is moving quickly. It would be super handy if the notifications sidebar on the player homepage refreshed itself when new moves/comments happened.

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  20. Rich Text Editor

    I'm kind of surprised Storium doesn't have this yet, and it would really speed up posting without having to go back and edit formatting mistakes and such several times. Is this something we can look forward to, including the ability to put coloured text and images into our posts?

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