Final draft of Storyboard and what is actually important in a game

I’m into board games. That’s a real thing you can be into, and I am into them. I will research a new game for days, agonizing if it’s worth the cost and figuring out the right context to play it in, and if I (or anyone else) will be good at it, before buying it. So it is really important to me that the project I come up with works as a board game, and not just a storytelling tool. The storytelling tool is, of course, the point of this project, but if it isn’t fun, then what’s the point? It will be played once, remarked upon as (hopefully) a well-structured set of rules that promotes the telling of a complex, significant, and engaging story, and then forgotten. But stories deserve better than that, so I want Storyboard to be a good time in addition to being academically sound.

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Storyboard, Act I: Structure and Plot

Early this summer, I had the opportunity to travel to Jonesborough, TN to visit the International Storytelling Center. The ISC is an organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the ancient art form of storytelling, and the whole town of Jonesborough seems really excited about storytelling, all the time. I detailed my travel experiences here, if you want to read them (strong language warning, I think? And way too many pictures of old buildings). But that’s a travel summary, not an academic one–the academic one is this:

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Storyboard: An Exercise in Collaborative Storytelling

My name is Jonah Fishel, and I am a rising senior studying Storytelling (self-designed) and Religious Studies. I hope to study for a PhD in Religious Studies after graduation, but my special interest is storytelling, especially collaborative storytelling.

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