The Creativity Hub at SPIEL 2015

The Creativity Hub team is at SPIEL 2015 in Essen, Germany this week, rolling Rory's Story Cubes, telling stories and jumping into the world of design with The Extraordinaires Design Studio.


Thursday, 08 October 2015

Essen Preview

We make games and playthings that foster imagination, empathy and self esteem, because we want to see a world where these three things are fostered in every individual.

Based in Northern Ireland we are a creative, dynamic team, passionate about story-telling and creative exploration; we are excited to be attending Essen Spiel 2015 where we will showcase our new and exciting range of products. Over the course of the event, we will be demonstrating each of our products from our Rory Story Cubes® and The Extraordinaries® Design Studio range; meeting with fellow board gamers and of course enjoying the event itself.

Below is a sneak-peak preview of some of the products that you will see at our booth at Essen Spiel 2015.

Story Worlds

There have been many stories told within these story worlds in comics, books, tv, movies over the years. They are a part of our culture. New for this year, we are broadening the Rory Story Cubes family by partnering with some of our all time favourite characters such as Batman and the iconic Finnish Moomintroll Family.

Batman and Moomin are loved by children, parents and grandparents, now fans of all ages can create their very own Batman or Moomin story.

Rory’s Story Cubes®: Batman
Is the Riddler planning his next crime? Who has discovered Batman’s identity? Will the Joker escape from Arkham Asylum? With Rory’s Story Cubes®: Batman you decide the story. Roll all 9 StoryCubes to create infinite tales featuring your favourite Batman Villains, gadgets and locations.

Rory’s Story Cubes®: Moomin
Who has Moomintroll met, deep in the forest? Why are the Hattifatteners celebrating? Where will Moomin family sail today? With Rory’s Story Cubes®: Moomin, you decide the story. Roll all 9 StoryCubes to tell infinite tales featuring your favourite Moomin characters, places and belongings.

Rory’s Story Cubes®: Mix

Expand your world of storytelling wit an exciting choice of mixed sets. These 3-cube sets provide different themes and genres to mix with your existing Rory’s Story Cubes®.

Rory’s Story Cubes®: Mix Sets App

Create your own stories with our new App, available on Apple and Android devices
Now with a native iPad interface and retina support.

Realistic physics - shake to roll the cubes. Move and rotate them as you tell your story.

Your cubes - add to your Rory's Story Cubes collection. The app comes with both the Original and Action sets. Other sets are available as in-app purchases.

Generate a random combination of 9 cubes from any of the selected sets.

Expand your story universe with our mix sets available through the app. Our new mix releases are:

Score, Intergalactic and

The Extraordinaire’s Design Studio

Step into a world of imagination and create exciting ideas with the Extraordinaire Design Studio. Create new inventions, build buildings that reach the sky and beyond in our Inventions and Buildings sets; or solver over 225 challenges for the Extraordinaires in our deluxe set. Choose your extraordinaire, select your job, doodle & design your invention and use the think cards for a little bit of inspiration.


We have a new range of proto-type creations for you to experience at Essen 2015, we are very excited about these and are sure you will be too, so why not come and see us at our booth, meet the team and share the game love?

Booth Activities Come visit us at Essen Spiel 2015 8th-11th October

Location: Hall 3O, Booth 102

Over the event we will have a range of competitions and giveaways, and don’t forget to connect with us through our twitter and Facebook pages; follow us or give us a like to keep up to date with the world of Rory’s Story Cubes and The Extraordinaire’s Design Studio.

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Monday, 05 October 2015

The Craft of the Cubes - Rory's Story Cubes®: Batman

In the shadows of Gotham City…

Who is behind the crime spree spreading across Gotham? Why is Commissioner Gordon hunting Batman? What twisted plan has Two Face up his sleeve?

Today, September 17th we celebrate Batman joining the growing Rory’s Story Cubes range. This marks the first license to receive the iconic Rory’s Story Cubes treatment.

Our aim with Rory’s Story Cubes®: Batman is to encourage fans young and old to create their very own stories featuring their favourite Batman villains, gadgets and locations.

In this, the second instalment in the Rory’s Story Cubes®: Batman icon blog series, we take a look at the creation of the Two-Face icon.

Many, many hours went into the creation of the icon for the infamous protector of Gotham turned villain, Two-Face.You can see in the initial sketches that Rory was exploring how he might use the limitations of space, ink and symmetry to reflect the split personality of Harvey Dent. Conveying Two Face’s scarred features proved a real challenge in such a small space. LandRobot, who worked with Rory on this particular icon, took it through many iterations trying to find something that would read well at a small scale. Together they finally hit on a design that Rory was happy to put his stamp of approval on.

See the evolution of the Two-Face icon below.

Join the Rory’s Story Cubes team in celebrating the launch of Rory’s Story Cubes®: Batman;

September 17th - Waterstones Islington, London from 3.30 - 6pm

September 18th - Eason, O’Connell Street, Dublin from 6 - 8pm

September 26th - World Batman Day - Comic Book Guys, Spire Mall, Belfast from 2 - 4pm

Thursday, 17 September 2015

The Craft of the Cubes - Rory's Story Cubes®: Batman

In the shadows of Gotham City…

Is the Riddler planning his next crime? Who has discovered Batman’s identity? Will the Joker Escape from Arkham Asylum?

On September 17th we welcome the first licensed set into the ever expanding Rory’s Story Cubes family - Rory’s Story Cubes®: Batman.

The aim of the new Rory’s Story Cubes®: Batman set is to inspire new and emerging storytellers to create their very own stories with their favourite Batman villains, gadgets and locations.

Imagine the challenges faced in designing icons for one of the best known superheroes of three generations!

One of the many reasons the characters associated with Batman are so popular are their subtle characteristics, for example Joker’s evil grin and pin hole eyes. In designing the cubes, this status couldn’t be ignored. Staying true to the characters made the icons both easier and more challenging to design.

“To make sure I captured the essence of a Batman tale in only 54 icons, I read or re-read many of the classic Batman tales: Hush, The Long Halloween, A Death in the Family, Year One, Murderer/Fugitive, Batman & Son, Dark Victory, Joker, The Man Who Laughs, Knightfall, Batman and the Monster Men, the entire Scott Snyder run on Batman along with more issues of Detective Comics than I care to remember!” Rory O'Connor, creator of Rory's Story Cubes® says of the design process.

With an ever growing number of icons to complete, Rory enlisted the help of two illustrators, Land Robot and LeyLeyLeu. They joined him in the studio to help bring his vision for the Rory’s Story Cubes®: Batman icons to life, from doodle stage to near completion. Rory would then check each icon as it neared completion, making and suggesting changes or adding finishing touches himself where necessary until each icon met his exacting standards.

“It was a real challenge to capture the Batcave as an icon. They was just no way we could fit the Dinosaur or Giant Penny that we all associate with it. While working on this, LeyLeyLeu drew the stalactites in a way that reminded LandRobot of the Batman symbol. We exaggerated this, so that if you look closely you can see how the bat symbol snuck in.”

Initial sketch -

Fitting the icon into the 15mm icon circle -

Final icon design. Can you see the bat symbol? -

Available in store and online from September 17th, Rory’s Story Cubes®: Batman will inspire even more storytellers by partnering with one of our all time favourite characters, Batman.

Monday, 07 September 2015

The Craft of the Cubes - Rory's Story Cubes®: Actions

The third blog in the Rory's Story Cubes® Craft of the Cubes blog series shows another icon from the Actions set, which is inspired by the 100 most used verbs in the English language. This icon represents the verbs Touch and Feel. The challenge in the early drawings for this icon was to place the emphasis on the character’s hands, rather than the face. You can see from the early sketches that an insect using it’s antennae was one possible icon for this combination of verbs. The insect is a cute little critter but the final icon effectively communicates the verbs as intended.

Rory's Story Cubes®: Actions

Monday, 17 August 2015