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.
#4 Creating Superhero Stories
This Way To Play was sent in by Scott and Andrew Moehring from Ohio in the USA who came up with a great way to create a superhero narrative.
And here it is...
‘Roll a cube, and that is the superpower (for example, the eye symbol could be lasers, or distance vision, or changeable eye color, or whatever). Then roll some more cubes and tell the story of how the superhero came to have that power’.
As a huge comic book fan, Rory really loved this idea. Then his imagination took over, and he thought, ‘Every superhero needs a super villain’.
So Rory came up with another way to play superhero themed stories...
1. Describe your superpower.
Each person takes a turn to roll 3 cubes.
Use these to describe your superpower. (And a name, a name is very important).
2. Create a backstory.
Next everyone takes turns to roll all 9 cubes.
Use these to give your hero a backstory. Remember to add a flaw or weakness, this is what makes your hero human.
3. Create a Super-villain
All superhero teams need an arch-nemesis or super-villain to go up against. To create a super-villain, roll all 9 cubes then, as a group, use the 9 images to describe this villain. give him/her or it a unique ‘calling card’ a modus operandi, so for example The Joker always leaves a card, Bomb Voyage from the Incredibles leaves bombs etc.
Give him/her/it a name and a reason for doing what they do. How does the villain justify their actions?
Now that you have your characters, you are free to create all kinds of super-powered stories featuring the heroes and their arch-nemesis.