Posts Tagged ‘card games’

First Look: Storium – The Online Storytelling Game

By Tom Hatfield on May 9th, 2014.

Computers suck at stories. We’ve been trying to create AIs that will make writers redundant for decades and it’s just not happening. Even clever, experimental systems like Storybricks are using sophisticated technology to create stories which amount to “There are bandits on the road.” If you want plot twists more complex than “And then I killed the guy”, you’re going to need a writer.

That’s why I’m interested in Storium, a web based card game inspired by ideas from pen and paper RPGs like Fiasco, FATE and Apocalypse World. It’s a game in which the players collaboratively tell a story and the computer only exists to do the housekeeping and ensure they play by the rules. It’s a game where everyone is an author, not an actor, and you don’t play to win, you play to find out what happens. And if none of this paragraph made any sense to you, then don’t worry, because in order to fully explain what Storium is, I’m going to have to give you a crash course in the last ten years of pen and paper RPGs.

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Barking Up The Right Tree? Space Wolf

By Ben Barrett on August 21st, 2013.

Choo-choo! All aboard the possible disappointment train, it’s another Warhammer 40,000 video game! Alright, so Space Hulk didn’t go the way it should have despite having everything going for it. Let’s pack it up in its own little space and it can gestate, get a patch or two. The new boy riding into town with shining pale blue armour is Space Wolf, a collectible card game focused on the feral Space Marine legion. Most interestingly, developers Herocraft are promising a “tactical combat and CCG fusion” where cards will be played and then visualised in “glorious, interactive 3D environments.”

Hmmmmmmm. Desperate attempts not to set myself up for another wasted purchase after the jump.

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To Make It Better: Hearthstone Beta

By Ben Barrett on August 20th, 2013.

This orc is really pleased.

In an attempt to make sure that no-one else is allowed to have money ever again, Blizzard announced free to play online CCG Hearthstone back in March. Using characters and lore from the rather popular World of WarCraft, the plan was for a late summer beta with a same-year release, the first part of which has now come to fruition. Momentarily available only in North America, you can sign up for a shot at a key over on Battle.net while you wait for those bits and bytes to be shipped over the ocean. Some thoughts on what we’ve already seen of the game once you’ve become a hero.

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