Rory’s Story Cubes

So I have written about these things before. I was pretty well taken in by the idea of them when I first stumbled upon them and I still think it is an incredible idea. And while at my local book seller I came across the three latest ‘mix’ sets: Enchanted, Prehistoria, and Clues. Each of these adds three new themed dice to the mix. So now, I have all six sets.

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Each of the larger sets (Original, Voyages, and Actions) comes with nine dice. The smaller ‘Mix’ sets (Prehistoria, Clues, and Enchanted) each have three dice in them. Each die has six unique pictographs carved into it. Additionally, each set has it’s own color, so you know which ones go with which set; if that’s important to you.

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What you do is mix and match as many dice as you’d like (nine is the manufacturers suggested number), give them a good shaking, roll them out, and start storytelling based on what you see. The idea is to tell a story that links all the images face up on the dice.

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The best part, as far as I’m concerned, each of the pictographs is left to your interpretation. There is no list of what this one means or what that one represents. It’s up to you to figure that out. So you can interpret any given symbol any number of ways depending on your creativity and the results of the other dice. Brilliant.

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It’s designed to be a kids game. But it is a dream come true for those of us looking to generate some quick writing exercises. The website for Rory’s Story Cubes says that there are more than ten million possible combinations you can generate. And given the ability to interpret the symbols, I can’t even imagine how many stories you have. More than enough to keep you writing for a lifetime.

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I think they’re great and fully intend to use them as inspiration and writing exercise. They’d also be good for generating backgrounds for characters, roleplaying adventure prompts, and as a party game for slightly inebriated adults (just imagine the stories). All in all, I’m impressed by and slightly addicted to these little dice.

Oh, the Original set, is also available in a jumbo size.

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