- Rory's Story Cubes is a small game that can be used as an ice breaker or a stocking stuffer.
- The game comes in a magnetized box with nine custom dice, each with different images on its faces.
- The rules of the game are simple and flexible, allowing players to create their own variations.
If you need a small game for an ice breaker, one you can pull out of a bag, or a stocking stuffer, Rory’s Story Cubes is the one for you.
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What’s in the box
The small, beautifully printed, magnetised box contains tiny manuals explaining how the game is played and nine customised dice. Each dice has a variety of images covering its faces. The faces of each die are entirely different, with images like a castle, a honey bee, a shooting star, a man with a parachute, etc.
How do you play Rory’s Story Cubes?
The rules of Rory’s Story Cubes are simple: there are none. But there are a few directions that you can follow. It’s straightforward: you take all nine of the dice and roll them. Quickly scan the dice to see which stands out the most, and start telling a story. Use the image of three of the dice to tell the story’s start, another three to tell the middle, and the last three for the conclusion.
Alternatively, you can roll three dice alone to describe the protagonist of your story and then roll all of the dice together to create a story for them to pursue.
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The third suggestion for rules is “Epic Stories”. For this, each player takes a turn rolling all nine dice and weaving a chapter of the story, in which the next person builds the next chapter with their own dice roll. The last player is responsible for tying up all the loose ends and concluding all the stories.
There are also a lot of opportunities for you to create your own rules. With our family, we decided that the person starting the story would roll all the dice and get the first pick to start the story. At the same time, the rest of the table goes clockwise, picking a single die to turn into a segment of the story, all working together and collaborating on the story. We loved working together on the story, and I highly recommend changing the rules.
Rory’s Story Cubes is a fabulous icebreaker or a great tool to unlock a storytelling potential that you might not have known you had in you. The small box is perfect for stashing in an easy-to-reach place to pull out at any moment and come up with a story to tell your kids around the table or on a night when you want to tire them out so that they aren’t as much of a handful.
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As you can probably tell from the number of times I have mentioned kids, I think this would be a great game to play with kids or adults in a family setting. I enjoyed playing this game with my family at the table after supper more than with a group of adult friends, but your experience might be completely different. Either way, I highly recommend giving this charming little game a go.
Rory’s Story Cubes is available at Solarpop.co.za.