A few months back, word leaked that an RPG was due in October.
That made me happy. Because I'm always looking for more ways to use the Cubes. Because they really are a fantastic tool.
Well, the project is a Kickstarter, and it has launched!
I'm watching the videos right now - which is unusual for me. I don't often watch Kickstarter videos.
The game as-written is a GM-less episodic storygame. Honestly, it looks like playing the rules included with the Story Cubes themselves, only with a bit more guidance to steer play.
It won't be to everyone's taste, but it looks fascinating to me.
Watching the videos, I suspect that my author friends (and there are a ton of them) will appreciate this, too. It can be used for scenario design for any RPG, or as a writing aid for novels (or short stories).
I may have mentioned it before, but here's how I'm using the Story Cubes in my Legend of the Five Rings game, by the way:
At the start of each session, every player draws one cube randomly from a bag and then rolls it. At any point during the game, they can spend that die for a story-based benefit or for a Free Raise on a roll.
A similar tweak can be applied to just about any RPG. Spend the cube for a bonus on a roll or for a story-related benefit in a situation where dice aren't necessarily going to be rolled.
For example: Here is a random mix of nine dice (screencapped from the StoryCubes app). To the left, in green, there is a Trap symbol. In a D&D game, I'd let a player spend that for a bonus (+1 or +2) when setting an ambush. Or, if the party is ambushed, maybe that player could spend the bonus to avoid being caught flat-footed due to surprise. The party Thief could use that die to boost their role to search for traps - or another PC could spend it for a one-time chance to search for traps. In games with in-depth debate/social combat systems, you could spend the same die to set a verbal trap for someone ...
And that's just one face of one die. And is just fantasy-flavored. Imagine these dice for a super-hero game.
Seriously: These things are awesome and you should totally be using them for everything. And this Kickstarter is a pretty inexpensive way to get in. For £20, you get a set of cubes and the RPG. That's about $25 US. Since the cubes themselves are around $15, that's $10 for the RPG. I call that a "screaming deal."