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How Story City Works
Story City makes you the hero of your own story, giving you the chance to take part in an adventure at locations across the world. You can take part in these interactive stories from real-life choose-your-adventures, to puzzle trails, to historic tales across Australia using the Story City App. We’ve also added our first international stories in Brazil and Argentina with more coming very month!
Whether you’re a reader, an adventurer, a traveller, a family, a gamer or maybe even a geocacher, our stories take you to the most interesting locations around the city with adventures created by local creators who know their city best.
The Story City app and adventures are currently FREE to download and enjoy.
Will you explore Brisbane while running from a zombie apocalypse? Or how about cruising the Adelaide streets while solving a mystery? Or will you be pillaging the city looking for pirate supplies? It’s your adventure, so it’s up to you!
Each story starts at a particular location in the city it’s set and then branches off into dozens of different locations around the city (all within walking distance) and which ones you visit will depend on the path you pick through the adventure.
When the app detects you are in the right location it unlocks the next part of the story. Each story happens in the location that you are standing and can be enjoyed by listening to the narrated audio or reading the story on screen.
We want you to see the world differently. We want to redefine stories so that they are something you are a part of, rather than something you are told. And we want to support the local storytellers you know, to do it.
Meet Our Team
Emily Craven is an author, speaker, innovator and the creator of the Story City GPS app. Emily was the first person in the world to create real-life choose your adventures and is the winner of the Brisbane City Council Innovation Award for her innovative storytelling projects.
A Software Engineer with a proven track record of over 5 years of experience in Software Development, Mobile App Development, Cloud Computing, and Artificial Intelligence. Has a strong passion for Technology mixed with a great deal of entrepreneurial spirit.
Editor & Producer
With a PhD in interactive storytelling, Ben is a passionate and motivated writer with a range of professional writing experience, including narrative design for games, copywriting, technical writing, and creative writing.
Kevin Powe is an international voice actor with a passion for oral storytelling and character-driven narrative who specialises in the medium of interactive entertainment, but lends his voice to the full spectrum of voice over work.
A writer for the Story City Gold Coast project in 2015, Dimity writes for children because she wants to be one again and because she loves filling every spare moment with words. She’s the Managing Editor for Kids’ Book Review and writes and reviews exclusively for children with over 30 published stories.
Michelle is an award-winning children’s author and international guest speaker on the importance of reading and the power of storytelling. A full-time fiction writer based in Brisbane, Michelle credits her three sons for giving her an endless source of inspiration, as well as her wrinkles.
What Our Creators & Users are Saying
I learnt a lot about Brisbane and Australia’s history. As well as the subject matter, the style of writing is very different to my normal methods. It’s important for artists to embrace the opportunities that new technology offers us and our audience. Projects run through enterprises like Story City enable just that.
Awesome way to see a city I use Story City mainly to explore my own city. I've only lived here for 2 years but feel like I've lived here forever with apps like this giving me a fun way to play and discover. Takes up a little bit of battery, but I just get around that by bringing a power pack. Highly recommend.
Exploring the minutea of locations for story telling prompts and clues. Combining vision, sound and story to transport an audience squinting at their smartphones while navigating city streets. It is a wonderful concept and innovative use of modern technology to promote story telling. I learnt a lot from the experience and loved the collaboration.
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