by Hannah Brown, Europe Blogger jaBlog!
You’ve probably heard of them, or at least seen them around, their brightly coloured and eye catching packaging making them stand out. I’ve always wanted a box of Rory’s Story Cubes, but I personally found them too expensive––£9.99 (US$15.34) seemed too much for 9 measly cubes with pictures on them.
However, I was still intrigued and one day in January––perhaps against my better judgement, I thought after I clicked purchase on the online shop––I bought an Original box and then a box with three extras: Enchanted, Prehistoria and Clues. Sure, they came at a bit––I certainly wasn’t going to tell my mother how much they cost until they proved worth while––but I couldn’t stop myself from clapping my hands in delight and telling my friends how much fun we were going to have making up stories. (In their non-writerly eyes, I doubt they could have imagined anything worse––using their imaginations? No!)
A few days later, my set of Rory’s Story Cubes arrived, and, delighted, I opened them immediately and rolled the 9 Original cubes. Well, I say immediately––I actually played with the magnetic clasp for some time, marvelling at how well they were made and knowing that they would last for a long time and perhaps even survive my trip into college (which they did). Anyway, once I had played with the box, I actually got around to rolling the cubes and seeing what pictures came up. Then I annoyed my friends by sending them a ten-picture Snapchat story. I had made my first Story Cube short story, and, what’s more, really enjoyed doing it!
One of the great things about Rory’s Story Cubes is that they can be interpreted in so many different ways. For example, if you got a picture of a plane and an L learners plate, one person might imagine a pilot on his first outing. Another may insist it’s actually a plane’s first flight and perhaps the personified hunk of mental is nervous. Or it could be a passenger’s first time, and they’re recording their experiences in a notebook.
I took my story cubes to college for my friends to play with as well, and we had a whole manner of stories. One of my friends, Sophie, is a fantastic writer but hasn’t written creatively since we left secondary school in June last year. She was revelling in the fact that she could create a completely new story line (even one with a fish as the protagonist), and it made me smile to see my friends argue if the antagonist was actually evil or merely misunderstood. One more thing story cubes were great for was getting us to talk, even debate and argue amongst ourselves, but with discussions that continuously ended in laughter.
For my personal writing, story cubes have been great. I can take them wherever I want, and if I want a bit of inspiration––even if I don’t actually use it in my work, it gets me thinking––then I can just roll the die and have a completely new idea, or perhaps an innovation on one I already have.
Would I suggest splashing out on Rory’s Story Cubes? Definitely! They’re so useful and fun, and even if you roll the same combination twice (unlikely, since there are 362000+ possible combinations of pictures from just one 9 cube box!) you can still get a completely different story.
If you’re strapped for cash, you can always try the Rory’s Story Cube app on the Apple store and Play store. That way, you can definitely take your Story Cubes everywhere with you at just one touch on the screen!