The conversational story game
Narratopia is a game with a storytelling dynamic, but it's not one of those games with lists of things you're supposed to tell stories about. When you play Narratopia you tell stories about anything you want, and you connect them together to build a story out of stories. If other storytelling games are like video games with quests and experience levels, Narratopia is like an open-ended sandbox game. Talk about cats! Talk about road trips! Talk about vampires! The sky's the limit - and it's your sky.
Note: If you like DIY or want a cheaper version, check out the Narratopia Print and Play
~ What's in the box? ~
Connection cards (42 of them) that represent the ways people typically string stories together, like:
* I remember a ___ like that. Once...
* What you said about ___ reminds me of the time when...
* I made the same mistake once, when...
Question cards (42 of these too) that represent questions people often ask about stories in conversation, like:
* What would have happened if ___ ?
* What did ___ know about ___?
* How do you think ___ would feel about ___?
Tokens (30 each of five types) that represent the ways people give each other feedback during story sharing, like:
* you surprised me
* I was moved by what you said
* I learned from you
Story forms (100) and game forms (40) that help you remember the stories you told and the game you played. (You can download and print more if you need them.)
~ What do you mean, how people usually tell stories? ~
Narratopia is based on decades of published (and fascinating) research on conversational story sharing, how we:
* connect stories together
* negotiate telling rights
* play stories off against each other
* ask for and give feedback
* use stories to make sense of things
~ If we already do this naturally, what do we need Narratopia for? ~
We're out of practice. Today our story diet is so dominated by packaged, processed stories that we've forgotten how to enjoy our own home-grown stories. Narratopia is like a paleo diet for storytelling. You'd be amazed how much fun it can be to tell your own stories to people who know you exist.
Travel back in time and master the ancient art of conversational story sharing! Or just have some fun with your friends and family! (It's the same thing!)