Rory’s Story Cubes

Rory’s Story Cubes are a set of dice that have different pictures on each side of them.

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I first learned of Rory’s Story Cubes more years ago than I can really remember. Somewhere between 5 and 8 years. I received a set from my husband for Christmas. Our local grocery store was carrying them. At the time only the original orange set was available.

At another holiday after that, my birthday maybe, or the next Christmas, he got me the blue Actions set and my parents got me the green Voyages set.

Since then I have acquired more over various holidays or shopping sprees of my own. I have 45 individual dice, but hope to own them all at some point.

Currently I have:

Voyages 9 cubes
Actions 9 cubes
Original 9 cubes
Medieval 3 cubes
Mythic 3 cubes
Intergalactic 3 cubes
Clues 3 cubes
Enchanted 3 cubes
Prehistoria 3 cubes

I have sometimes used them as jumping off points for story writing exercises. I will roll a few of the cubes and get something like this

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I might write a small warm up paragraph about a boy who falls in love with a girl and gives her a gift that turns out to be some sort of medieval helmet. I wonder how that will go for the potentially budding romance?

Or I might roll all of them and see what jumps out at me to include in a piece I’m working on. I am especially prone to this use during NaNoWriMo.

My 3 year old likes to pick 8 cubes and roll them all. She asks or tells me what is on each one before she starts her story. She likes to start with ‘Once upon a time there was a little boy and a little girl’ and she goes from there incorporating each die as she comes to it.

To carry this activity further for her I write her story down as she tells me and then she gets to read it back to me. She loves it and often asks to play mommy’s story game.

Another way we have played is to choose one die at random and the first person rolls it and begins a story. When they run out of steam the next person chooses a die and continues the same story incorporating the newly rolled picture. And so on.

However we choose to use them on a given day it always brings a fun new adventure for the player, writer, or listener.

What will you write about with the following roll?

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