Storytelling games offer a unique and engaging way to use your imagination, share about your life and work together as a team to weave exciting narratives while exploring possible worlds. What's beautiful about storytelling is that we are all already experts - we are constantly creating narratives to understand our lives and what is going on around us. Applying these skills to games is a fast way to create beautiful connections while sharing delightful moments.
Continue the story
Open a book to a random page and read the it. Then, close the book and continue to tell the story until it ends.
Fortunately, Unfortunately is a fun and creative storytelling game that can be played with a group of friends or family members. The game involves taking turns to add either fortunate or unfortunate events to a growing story. The first person adds an opening sentence (ex. Example: "Once upon a time, there was a young explorer who got lost in a dense forest.). Then, each person alternatives with fortunate and unfortunate events.
Pick two words
On small pieces of paper, players write down words in two categories. The first category can be any noun, verb or adjective. The second category is a word to describe a feeling or an emotion. All the words are scrunched up and put into two separate containers. Then, one by one, each player draws a word from each container. Inspired by the prompts, they tell a story. For example, if someone chose the prompts 'shoe' & 'desperate', they might tell the story of the time they were desperately looking for footwear for a wedding. The game continues with each player taking turns drawing new word prompts and creating imaginative stories based on their combinations.
Provide players with a set of diverse and intriguing images. Each player selects an image and uses it as a prompt to create a story, incorporating the elements, characters, or settings depicted in the chosen picture.
Start the story from the end and work backward. Each player contributes a segment, unveiling the events leading up to the ending. This game challenges players to think creatively and construct a narrative that leads logically to the given conclusion.
Players create a fictional shared memory. To begin, one person tells a piece of the memory. The next player confirms that that even did indeed happen, and then adds on a new piece of the shared memory.
Prepare a jar filled with various prompts, such as quotes, objects, or random words. Players take turns drawing a prompt from the jar and use it as inspiration to create a story.
Each player takes turns drawing a picture that represents a specific story prompt. The other players must guess the prompt based on the drawing and then create a story based on that prompt. It's ok if they misinterpret the prompt!
Each player brings a well-known story or fairy tale to the game. The players then take turns retelling the stories but with a twist, changing characters, settings, or plot elements to create unique and unexpected narratives.
Similar to a relay race, players take turns continuing a story for a set duration (e.g., one minute per player). When the time is up, the next player seamlessly picks up the story where the previous player left off, creating a fast-paced and dynamic narrative.
Storytelling with Song Lyrics
Players choose a random song lyric and use it as the starting point for their story. They incorporate the lyric into their narrative, exploring its meaning and expanding on the story from there.
Divide players into pairs or teams. Each team takes turns telling a story based on a prompt within a limited timeframe. The audience or opposing team votes on the best story, and winners progress to the next round until a storytelling champion is crowned.
One person tells a short story. The second person picks up on a theme in the first story without saying what it is and shares a story that connects to that theme. The third player finds the common theme and again tells a story. At the end, everyone shares what they thought the theme was.