Use Rory’s Story Cubes to Go on a Storytelling Voyage.
This is our first experience with Rory’s Story Cubes because frankly I did not see the point in rolling dice to tell a story. We play around with words and stories often and I really questioned whether or not we needed a game to get us going. We don’t. However, after my son got this game and we played with it for a while I can’t believe how much we like it.
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I think part of it might be the fact that he got the Voyages edition. The dice are loaded with great images that make for some really fun storytelling. There are magic beans, or food or seeds depending on what you see. There are snakes and monkeys, an ax, a Viking helmet, skull & crossbones and let’s not forget the very important treasure chest. It just wouldn’t be the same without a treasure chest! There are many great adventurous images that boys will like to play around with.
There are 3 different games you can play: My Fantastic Vacation where you roll the cubes and tell of a trip you went on but embellish with the images shown; Memorable Adventure in which two people take turns rolling and is played by naming items and the next person names your item plus his and so on; and The Trilogy which is best for three or more players and more than one set up cubes. We don’t have more than one set up cubes so didn’t play that game but basically you divide the cubes between players, decide on a theme, and each player tells a part of the story.
We tried the rules but enjoyed playing our own way (as usual.)
- We rolled and tried to come up with the most outrageous adventure we could think of taking all of the dice into account.
- We also tried to come up with the silliest, no way this makes sense, story.
- We rolled once and both of us had to use the dice to come up with a story. It was interesting to see how many different stories can come from one roll.
- We also tried closing our eyes and putting them in random order instead of deciding what order we wanted them in. That was a lot of fun and a Lot harder to come up with a story that made sense.
We had to do a lot of thinking! That is one thing about this game that I really like. You can make so many different games out of just a few simple cubes.
The game comes with nice hefty dice and a cloth bag for storage. Everything is of high quality. The style of the graphics on the dice is appealing. Gamewright is a good game company so none of this surprises me, but I was happy that they are still paying attention to the little details.
Overall I have to say that Rory’s Story Cubes – Voyages is a really fun game. There is a ton of learning going on here. Crafting a good story is not an easy task and I like that this game allows boys to practice this in a fun and easy way. The package says 9 cubes, 54 images and 10,000,000+ combinations. That ought to keep you and your boys busy for a while 🙂
In addition to Rory’s Story Cubes: Voyages there are two other Story Cubes games out right now. I’m actually hoping they keep developing more. Click on the image below for the complete set. Actions looks like a fun one too.
If you have any game ideas with Rory’s Story Cubes, please leave a comment below or contact me. I would like to put together a resource sheet listing all the different games you can play with these fun dice.