Oct 21, 2010

Rory's Story Cubes


I've been thinking a lot about names and what they say about you—as happens, I suppose, when you have a freshly minted, and named, nephew. My brother and his wife named their little man Pádraig and I immediately sighed with relief, knowing that as a Pádraig, he'll be solid of stature, character, and reputation. This got me to thinking about other name assumptions or associations, like ... I've never met an unattractive Sarah, Jack, or Kate, or an attractive Eileen, Maureen, or Kathleen—actually, all the "een"names (except for your mother's) have a drawn out sound that suggests a rather horsey long jaw don't you think? 
Anyway, this all brings me to the profound realization that I've never met a Rory without a good story; the name is always prefaced by the salutation "What's-the-story?"—and deservedly so.


Irishman Rory O'Connor, creator of award-winning storytelling game Rory's Story Cubes, must have been saluted as what's-the-story-Rory quite a lot as a child,  because he grew up to create a game all about telling stories—an especially handy tool for us non-Rorys. 


Rory's Story Cubes is a game/exercise in imagination that can be played by kids and adults alike: you simply roll the dice (or the new iPhone App), and then roll out your best story attempt from the nine images available, opening with "Once upon a time." With 54 total images, the story possibilities are endless. It's a simple, brilliant concept—like all the best games—and an excellent tool for breaking the ice, building communication skills, freeing writer's block, solving problems, releasing imagination, diagnosing mental problems (I just made that up but I bet it's true), and stretching your mind. It's also just fun.
So ... what's the story?
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4 comments:

mise said...

I'm a little sad now and may have to buy these to console myself.

Eileen Maureen Kathleen Attracta McBlogger (Mrs)

Rory O'Connor said...

Hi there,

it's Rory, of Rory's Story Cubes. I LOVE this post. You hit the nail on the head. This game is my revenge on the world for constantly saying "Rory, Rory. tell me a story!" as a child.

Anyway, so glad you like it...there are many more stories to come!

p.s. You're not far off the mark about the mental health bit. It's proving really popular with therapists!

Jacinta said...

Well, it seems I was WAY off with my scientific study and findings on "een" names; I've seen the light/photographic evidence of a positively gorgeous Kathleen, heard rumors of an equally drop-dead Maureen, sent an obviously lovely Mrs. Eileen-Maureen-Kathleen into retail therapy, and was smacked on the head for forgetting a decent-enough-looking Noreen. At least I was right about Rory!

nadia said...

We have to put it on our mice at play blog. It is a Play Revolution "coup de coeur"!

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