The Storymatic Classic
For writing, imagining, laughing, and sharing. Play by yourself or in groups, at home or in class. Super flexible, with tons of ways to make the storytelling cards your own.
- 540 cards = trillions of card combinations that prompt stories, characters, scenes, situations, and plots.
- Wild cards encourage you to tell stories in different ways and from different points of view.
- Includes a booklet with prompts, tips, suggestions, and activities to help you bring more stories into the world.
- Easy, fun creative tool for writers, classes, and homeschool– as well as an easy, fun storytelling game for family game night, improv, and travel.
- Parents, teachers, and therapists: The Storymatic can help with public speaking, listening skills, sequential thinking, as well as with fostering imagination and empathy.
- Performers: The Storymatic is a great tool for improvising scenes, developing characters, and exploring backstory.
- Made in USA and ships from beautiful Vermont.
Ages 12 or 13 and up. If you’re looking for a younger version check out Storymatic Kids.
The basics of The Storymatic are really easy.
Draw two gold cards and combine what they say to get a main character. For example, if you draw "boxer" and "person with a devastating secret," then your character is a boxer with a secret.
Next, draw two copper cards. Let the situations, objects, places, and complications you'll find start leading you into a story.
Suppose you draw "locked door" and "sudden return of forgotten memory." There's a story in those cards! There are, however, two rules that should always be followed: Your characters should change from the beginning of the story to the end, and Do Not Kill Your Character.
The first rule exists because in a story, the main character always changes in some way. It doesn't have to be an outward change; nor does it need to be a 180-degree shift in personality, belief system, or moral code. The change can be subtle. But it should be there.
The second rule exists because it's tempting to kill off a character when you don't know what else to do. Keeping your character alive can sometimes be hard– but it's also what makes things interesting. The two rules help you create conflicts, invent solutions, and avoid easy endings.
It's okay to sometimes break the rules. But only break them for the sake of the story.
This How To video from Nicole Rivera gives a detailed description of Storymatic and Rememory. Nicole is the founder of Stop Writing Alone, which hosts regular meetings of writers and readers. Follow her for prompts and community!
Use Storymatic for your creative collaborations.
In Anaheim-based Don't Look Down Productions' show Storyboard, they take you from idea to finished film. They're great at documenting the creative process, and the video below shows a brainstorming session for their film Sleepwalker, which is built from the cards "sleepwalker," "person with a large scar" and "language barrier." They riff on the three cards, staying open to ideas until suddenly the story clicks into focus.
Use Storymatic with your other creative tools.
Storymatic can complement your other writing tools and totems, whether you're a novelist, poet, or someone just starting out who'd like a little creative nudge. Rebecca Valley is founder and Editor-in-Chief of Drizzle Review.
Use Storymatic to get ideas flowing in the office.
Use Storymatic to get married!
Yes, you read that right. Adam and Krista are actors who would sometimes find themselves on different tours, and they'd play Storymatic remotely as a way to connect while apart. Then Adam asked if we could make some custom cards that he could sneak into the Storymatic box when he and Krista were together, and pop the question while playing during game night with friends. Of course we said yes. And so did Krista!
How will you use your Storymatic? Let us know!
Shipping for the entire United States, including territories, is only $5.
That means if you get one Storymatic, shipping is five bucks. If you get two Storymatics, it's five bucks. Get three or four: five bucks.
You're probably thinking, "But doesn't it cost more than five dollars, especially for people out west?" Yes, but we pay the difference.
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Updated September 22, 2022.
IMPORTANT: We will be traveling from September 23 through October 17, 2022 (so I can run an ultramarathon in Arizona). Shipping will not occur during that time.
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