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Ways To Play

Looking to get started with your StoryCubes, but need a little direction? Well you’re in the right place. There are no right or wrong ways to play Rory’s Story Cubes®, however this page is dedicated to providing with a few hints and tips for direction. Watch our video tutorials and begin your storytelling adventures.

#1 Roll & Play

Simply take all nine cubes and give them a shake.

Roll them.

Then, starting with ‘Once upon a time...’ select the icon that catches your eye first. The objective is to tell a story that link together all nine images.

And remember - there is no wrong answer! Have fun.

Playing techniques

Do you remember when you were a child, and you were running down a hill and picking up speed, and going so fast that you either had to keep running or fall over? This is a good way to approach your story telling with Rory’s Story Cubes. If you do it as quickly as possible without thinking too hard, you’ll be surprised by your storytelling ability.

The first time you play with Rory’s Story Cubes you might find it a challenge. But it’s like trying to run 5km, the more you try, the easier it gets.

What do the icons mean?

We get asked for definitions of the icons every day - but their meanings are intentionally open, in order to trigger multiple associations. For example, the castle can be a castle, or it can refer to a princess, or to someone who’s behaving in a guarded way.

Your brain is constantly trying to make meanings and it thinks in pictures. When you look at an icon, you can’t help but find meaning. Your brain is doing it all the time, constantly filling in the gaps. Your brain searches through all your memories and experiences to try and find a meaningful association.

Best played with
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#2 Rory's Story Cubes® MAX Edition
It is really important to us that Rory’s Story Cubes can be enjoyed by as many people as possible. Rory’s Story Cubes MAX Edition are simply a larger version of Rory’s Story Cubes. They are played in exactly the same way as the smaller, portable version.
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#3 The Trilogy
The Trilogy is a Way To Play with Rory’s Story Cubes suitable for three players. The challenge is - can you work together to create an Epic Tale?
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#4 Creating Superhero stories
Create your own Superhero story.
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#5 Rory's Story Cubes® Mix
Rory’s Story Cubes Mix are 3 cube sets that introduce a new theme or genre to your storytelling. Craft tales of cracking crime with the Clues set. Conjure fantastic fairytales with Enchanted. Weave tales of primeval predators with Prehistoria.

We love hearing about how people all over the world play with Rory’s Story Cubes so please tag us or share your creativity