Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cubes for Cthulhu: Rory's Story Cubes in role playing games

 My wife received a review copy of Rory's Story Cubes a while back and, after playing with them for a couple of months with my son, I posted a review on her site. Baby Toolkit. Rory's Story Cubes are a set of nine white six sided dice with a unique pictogram imprinted on each face. The idea is to roll the dice and then construct a story incorporating all of the pictograms on the face up sides. Long review short, we really liked them and I have a lot of fun making up stories with my son using them.

But having used them all this time, the time that I am also reading up on role playing game rules as I prepare to start playing again, got me thinking. These cubes, or something like them, could be an interesting tool for a game master or Keeper to generate scenario ideas off the cuff.

Stumped as to what adventure to throw at you investigators? Roll the dice and piece something together.

The base set from Gamewright contains pictograms that have a few modern allusions such as cell phone, a jet liner, and credit card that might make it easier to "generate" a story in a modern setting. But a little creative leeway can interpret these in an era appropriate manner should you want to roll up a 1920s era Cthulhu scenario. Still other of the base game's pictograms are eerily suited for Cthulhu play including a boy who's shadow is a creepy monster, a scarab, a pyramid, a symbol of chaos, a falling star (they are right aren't they), a magic wand, a book (or is it a tome), a castle keep, and a fish (dagon?). I think the basic set would make a nice addition to a Keeper's tool chest.

What would be even cooler is if Paizo or Chaosium came out with their own themed story cubes with setting appropriate pictograms for the Pathfinder or Call of Cthulhu role playing games.

So, what scenarios could you come up with for the rolls depicted in the pictures above?

** Storied Adventures is a board and table top gaming blog. Others exits. We received a review copy of Rory's Story Cubes from Gamewright. Beyond the review copy of Rory's Story Cubes from Gamewright, I have no ongoing financial relationship with any of the publishers of the games listed. I am, however, attached to my wife's Amazon affiliate account, so purchases made through any Amazon links support the ongoing blogging efforts of Storied Adventures (many thanks!)

1 comment:

  1. Second Pic: The Illuminati (eye) are conducting a secret right that coincides with an unusual series of high tides (moon, magnet, earth). They are attempting to destroy the balance of power (scales) by calling up the deep ones (fish) and inciting them to attack cities along the eastern seaboard. The rites involve prime numbers (3 and 5 are divisible only by themselves and 1 ... the die) and electromagnetic waves (light bulb and, again, magnet). ... Whew!