About this project
Go on outlandish adventures in this new emergent storytelling game, powered by Rory's Story Cubes and a little imagination. Be anyone, go anywhere and do anything. It's your show. Be a hero!
When the original Rory's Story Cubes set was first released back in 2008, The Creativity Hub's Anita and Rory were just two people with a game and a firm belief that it needed to exist out there in the world. We never dreamed that this simple storytelling game would take on a life of its own. Whether it's at a games convention, in a classroom or refugee camp, during a hospital visit or just a quick couple of minutes before a meal, Rory’s Story Cubes has been bringing people together and acting as the spark that ignites their imagination. With over 10,000,000 possible combinations in the base set alone, the stories that have been told by players of all ages continue to surprise and delight us every day. Now, with well over one hundred different StoryCubes available in various sets and themes, the potential for storytelling is almost limitless.
For quite some time, we’ve wanted to create something that captures what we love about roleplaying games - the shared world building, the constant twists and turns, watching your character grow - then marry it with Rory’s Story Cubes to create a simpler, more accessible experience for a wider audience. This is a project that’s been brewing for a while, but now we think we can honestly say that we have designed something rather special. Untold: Adventures Await is here, and we can't wait for you to play it!
Untold: Adventure Awaits is a customisable storytelling game powered by Rory's Story Cubes where you play the heroes in your own adventure series. Think of it as throwing you and your friends into a favourite TV show, but rather than passively watching, you're caught up in every scene and make the decisions on which way the plot will go. Each adventure-packed episode takes less than sixty minutes to play from start to finish and requires no preparation - you jump straight into the adventure! All it takes is a copy of Untold, a set of any nine StoryCubes of your choice, and the combined imagination and inquisitiveness of the players. From there on, anything can happen...
Designed by John Fiore (The 9Qs, World vs Hero) and Rory O'Connor (Rory's Story Cubes), Untold offers a highly accessible storytelling game experience for one to four players. With just a few decisions at the beginning of the game, a storyline quickly emerges that draws the players in then propels them through the game towards a climactic finish.
Players can use literally any combination of StoryCubes they wish - whatever sets you choose to use will help establish the Series they want to experience. Whether it's fighting crime on the streets of Gotham City or blasting off into space with your squad of friendly dinosaurs, travelling through time with Doctor Who or saving the lives of patients in a busy ER, your options are near limitless!
With the Series decided, players begin the story (or Episode) with a roll of their selected StoryCubes, then encounter the initial threat facing their world as part of the Danger Scene. Only then do they create their heroic characters for this story! In the Intrigue Scene, players reveal an plot twist and discover that things are not as they appear. As the players become even more caught up in the story, the Confrontation brings them face to face with a foe they must now defeat.
A dramatic Revelation is designed to knock players off balance before they head towards the epic, all-action Showdown... but the story doesn't end there. If players choose to continue the series, they can keep their characters and bring them through to a brand new episode. Perhaps old friends or foes will return? Maybe allegiances will change over the course of a series of episodes? Only by playing can you discover where it all ends.
Our focus has been on creating a game where the story is key and entertainment value is high. Through the questions you ask and the actions you take, the world you collectively create gets deeper and deeper. Built on a simple but effective framework, Untold: Adventures Await can take you anywhere!
Check out this handy video for the full rundown on how to play Untold: Adventures Await. We cover everything from setting up your world to dealing with the all-important final Showdown!
We'll be putting playthrough videos up during the course of the campaign - and here's the first! Watch out for our LIVE playthroughs where you, the audience, get to tell us what to do!
Here's the second playthrough, this time with a family of four - Debbie and Andrew play with their kids, Sadie and Marcus, in an adventure through the jungle! Just a heads up, the sound is a little dodgy at times in this video, but we're sure you'll love their story!
And our third playthrough, presented by Rory and Michael from The Creativity Hub! Part gameplay video, part how-to-play, they travel through the world of Steamlandia and face off against mysterious groups in a bid to save the world... again!
Stay tuned for future episodes in our regular updates! And if you want to play the game right now, click here for Update #4 where you can download the files required - though remember, you'll need your own set of StoryCubes! Also, please note that we're still tinkering with the rules and are still making small changes and amendments. Once the final rules are locked down, we shall of course publish them for everyone to ready, but for now the current set will hopefully give you a good feeling as to where Untold is heading!
Each copy of Untold: Adventures Await will contain:
- 1 set of nine Rory's Story Cubes
- Custom-Cut Episode Board
- 30 Custom-Cut Scene Tiles that will lock your StoryCubes in place (6 each of Danger, Intrigue, Confrontation, Revelation and Showdown)
- 15 Reaction Cards
- 4 Player Aid Cards
- 4 sets of Player Toolkit Cards (5 cards in each, 20 cards total)
- Adventure Journal Pad
- Hero Sheet Pad
- Rules for group and solo play
Check out the video above for a rundown on what we're planning for the production! The game will retail at £25 in the UK, $30 in the United States and €30 in the EU, but backers to the campaign will receive their games at a significant discount!
Backers will receive everything listed above in the base Untold set. Other levels add in StoryWorlds sets from some of your favourite fandoms. The Untold: Ultimate Collection level comes with the base game and every single other currently available StoryCubes set - the original one comes in the game, and you'll also receive the following:
- Three different StoryCubes Core Sets: Actions, Voyages and Fantastia
- Six different StoryCubes StoryWorlds Sets: Batman, Doctor Who, Looney Tunes, Moomin, Scooby Doo and Adventure Time (to be released this Summer!)
- Twelve different StoryCubes Mix Sets: Clues, Prehistoria, Intergalactic, Medic, Score, Fright, Animalia, Rescue, Powers, Strange, Explore and Rampage
Want to get your hands on even more StoryCubes? Maybe even some excellent storage solutions? We've got you covered! If you'd like any of the following items, simply increase your pledge by the required amount.
Please note: If you wish to get these extra items as part of your pledge, you must amend your pledge before the crowdfunding part of the campaign is complete. This means you must have that organised by 8pm UK Time on Thursday, June 8th, 2017! There will be no opportunity to add extra items at once the Kickstarter is complete, and we will not be offering any late backer slots.
Approximately two weeks after the campaign is complete, we'll confirm precisely what you want through the survey that we'll be sending out. Once this goes out, please fill it in as quickly as possible so we can get things moving at our end!
Please note that everything shipped from this campaign will be in the European StoryCubes packaging with English language rules. Also, for our American backers, this is the only way you can guarantee getting your hands on the majority of the three-Cube Mix Sets for the foreseeable future.
For more details on each of the items below, check out the StoryCubes Collection page!
Of course, we know that everyone on Kickstarter loves getting extra things, so we have plenty of plans for Stretch Goals too! Every backer also receives a set of our awesome Rory's Story Cubes: Batman alongside their copies of Untold: Adventures Await, as well as a Token Set in each copy of the game which will help players keep track of the Questions they ask and Actions they perform AND a limited run box sleeve for your game with the Untold logo in Spot UV adorning the front!
Our next Stretch Goal is at £20,000 and will allow you to create your very own work of art - kind of. We've had a lot of people asking us about the board art and whether we'd be able to make a print of it later down the line. We've also had some folks asking for a black and white line-art version they they (or their kids) could colour in. So, why not have both? At £20,000, our final stretch goal will be unlocked: a line art version of the awesome Untold Board art that you can colour in (if you're so inclined) or put up on your wall!
Despite Rory's Story Cubes being available all around the world, The Creativity Hub isn't a global powerhouse! We're a small, close-knit team based in Belfast, Northern Ireland, working hard each day to create great things that are not only fun to play, but bring meaning and depth to that experience. Untold, frankly, is a major step into the unknown for us. While we're positive about the game and know that it's fun to play, there's no way that we can guarantee there's a place out there for it. Running this Kickstarter will give us indications about demand for Untold as well as other titles that we have in the pipeline!
Regarding shipping, the final games will be sent from our partner warehouses in Northern Ireland and the United States, meaning that the game is guaranteed to be Customs Friendly for Europe and the US. Backers from countries outside these areas may be subject to import fees, but we're working on making these Customs Friendly too.
Packages will be sent via tracked, signed for shipping. While we realise that the cost is a little higher than just sending them through the regular mail, we hope you think that the fact delivery is guaranteed within a matter of a few days rather than several weeks is worth it. Should any issues arise, we'll be ready and willing to assist however possible!
- Game Design: John Fiore and Rory O'Connor
- Graphic Design: Winnie Shek and Rob Dalton
- Game Development: Patrick Nickell and Rory O'Connor
- Marketing and Media: Michael Fox
- Music: Funny Song by www.bensound.com
Risks and challenges
While this is the first Kickstarter project for The Creativity Hub, we have built a team of experienced industry professionals to ensure that the process of making Untold goes as smoothly as possible. The game has been in development for over two years and has been stringently playtested internally and externally, so we know that it's as solid a gameplay experience as it is entertaining! Having already requested and seen initial samples from our suppliers, we can assure our backers that Untold will be produced to the highest quality possible, reflecting the level of our previous titles - the Rory's Story Cubes series and The Extraordinaires Design Studio - that are currently available throughout the world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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