Intro To: Good Storytelling Games

Good Storytelling Games

In our last Intro Article, we recommended some of our favourite Racing Games. This week, we’re introducing you to some lighter games with more of a narrative focus than a competitive  focus – after all, great games tell stories! Read on to discover some of our favourite storytelling games!

T.I.M.E. Stories is a cooperative game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 90 to 240 minutes. In this sci-fi “decksploration” game, players act as agents of The T.I.M.E. Agency, protecting humanity from temporal faults and paradoxes. With time travel at your disposal, failure is impossible. The goal of the game is to save the universe in as few attempts as possible, telling engaging stories along the way. A scenario deck of 120+ cards creats endless storytelling possibilities. If you’re looking for a beautiful minimalist game with some of the most unique mechanics out there, then definitely give this one a try!

Gloom is a competitive game for 2 to 4 players that can be played in 60 minutes, and is one of our recommended 2 player games. In this simple, fast-paced game, your objective is to make your family of misfits as miserable as possible before ultimately killing them. Yes it’s morbid – but hey, we’re posting this on Halloween weekend! It’s not all doom and gloom. The game also features some very cool innovative mechanics, making good use of transparent, stack-able playing cards that replace only some of the bonuses of the cards that you play them on top of. If you’re looking for a spooky storytelling game with cool new mechanics, check this one out! Especially if you’re looking for a game for 2 players!

Murder of Crows is a competitive game for 2 to 5 players that can be played in 20 minutes. In this fast-paced hand-management game, your goal is simple: Be the first player to spell “murder” using your hand of letter cards. Each letter has its own effect, and each card has a unique piece of story that can be combined with the rest of your cards to tell a morbid story of a murder most foul. At its core, this game is all about simple hand-management strategy. The story elements, while light, enhance the game in a unique way, creating new narratives each time you play. If you’re looking for a fast-paced game with just enough storytelling elements to be satisfying, then give this one a shot!

Tales of the Arabian Nights is a competitive game for 1 to 6 players that can be played in 120 minutes. In this vastly re-playable adventure game, you journey alongside legendary heroes from the lands of the Arabian Nights, and face off against powerful ‘efreets, and evil viziers, telling your own epic stories. Yes, it’s a competitive game, and only 1 player can win, but the core focus of the game is definitely on storytelling. If you’re looking for a game with a ton of dramatic depth, this one is a must-play!

There you have it, 4 great storytelling games with variable depth and difficulty. There’s something for everyone here at The Round Table! If you’re looking for something totally different, check out some of our favourite dexterity games, or for more in-depth storytelling, check out some of out favourite tabletop roleplaying games! No matter what you decide to play, we’re looking forward to your next visit to The Round Table.