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Storybook Weaver: A Game About Writing

When I was younger, we had a bulky desktop computer in my basement. My sisters and I loved playing on the computer, but of course, we couldn’t exactly surf the web all the time.

One, because social media wasn’t really a thing. I used to play Neopets and that was about it. And two, because my mom loved talking on the phone and we couldn’t use the Internet and the phone at the same time.

So we had plenty of PC games to keep ourselves occupied during these times.

One game I particularly remember was Storybook Weaver.

Storybook Weaver Deluxe PC game

Storybook Weaver was released in 1994 by MECC on a floppy disk. Remember those? It was re-released in 2004 as a CD-Rom.

This game was intended for educational purposes for children ages 6-12. Though I can’t remember anything too “educational” about it. Then again, I can’t remember most of the features of the game. I probably didn’t play any of the extra features, which is why I don’t remember them.

The point of this game was to encourage kids to create their own stories. The game had various backgrounds for you to choose from such as a backyard, rooms the house, school, on the road, anything.

Then you could choose from various “objects” which ranged from many different people and kids as well as everyday things like cars, food, appliances, toys, whatever.

You chose a background, then placed the different objects on the page where you wanted them to go.

The bottom half of the page was a white block and then you would add in your text. Then you would turn the page and start over.

I printed out many stories back then. I’m sure my mom loved all the ink and paper I used up. Most of my stories were the same, too. They were about myself, Kris, and our other sister Lisa. And that’s just about it.

It was a fun game all three of us loved and enjoyed and played together.

Though it’s funny because at the time, aspiring to be a published author was not a twinkle in my eye.

Are there any fun writing games that you used to enjoy? Let me know in the comments! 

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Born and raised in Massachusetts, Rachel Poli is a writer and blogger. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a bachelor’s degree in English Studies. She enjoys writing young adult novels, middle-grade, and children’s picture books. She is currently working on her first novel.

39 thoughts on “Storybook Weaver: A Game About Writing

  1. OH GAWD YES!! That’s what it’s called!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been trying to remember for decades (yes I am that old!) I loved Storybook Weaver! I still have memories of creating my own stories and dragging in backgrounds and characters and writing my own fairytales. Unfortunately we only had this at school and was the only reason I couldn’t wait for computer class. Oh Rachel thanks!!! *rolls into a ball cries from nostalgia*

    1. Lol, it took me a while to remember the name of it as well!
      I’m glad I’m not the only one who remembers it. It truly was a fantastic game! I wish I still had it. I would totally give it another try.

      1. I was actually looking to see if it’s still available for download. Maybe it’s fallen under abandon-ware or freeware now. I think this actually fueled much of my desire to be both an artist and a writer.

  2. Pinball, Dungeon Hack, and Dungeon Keeper are the only games I remember as a kid. All on PC. The latter two were on disc while the first came standard on computers. I have since gotten Pinball and Dungeon Keeper back on my computer (Pinball from a Google search and a safe downloading page I can’t remember – might even be Microsoft itself – and Dungeon Keeper via Steam) and may even have Dungeon Hack. I remember finding it on Steam, but I can’t remember if I ended up getting it or not…

    I’ve never heard of this particular game though – played a lot of Neopets at school. The computer lab teacher liked using the typing games for our educational purposes.

    1. Pinball was great. I played that one a lot. I’ve never heard of Dungeon Hack or Dungeon Keeper. Neopets was awesome! I just telling my sister the other day about how I kind of want to go back onto the website and play a couple of the games again, lol.

  3. That’s a nice game. I remember playing video games when I was young, but not on a computer. Though when I grew up I developed a liking for Minesweeper. I still play it sometimes, though I have to borrow my husband’s laptop as he uses Windows. I wish Mac had Minesweeper.

    1. I remember playing that game as well. Though I was never any good at it. So when ever I did try to play, it didn’t last long and I would end up playing the Pinball game or Solitaire or just Paint, lol.

      1. Yeah… Minesweeper is a nasty game…
        And wow… I had completely forgotten about Pinball! And Paint… oh god! I remember trying to create “marvelous works of art” working day and night on a single drawing that won’t even qualify as a half decent sketch. Lol. Those were such simpler times… ❤

  4. I love this game! But my mom thought it was bad, for some reason I can’t remember, so I didn’t get to play it much. Instead I sat at whatever typewriter type program we had a wrote stories. Hehe.

    1. I don’t see how that game was bad, lol. But then again, we all see differently from our parents.
      It was a great game though. Whenever I couldn’t play it, I always had notebooks upon notebooks handy.

  5. How wonderful! I would have loved this game as a child! I didn’t have writing programs, but I fondly remember some old Crayola software that I used to write stories. It wasn’t a story-creation tool, but it let you write stories with virtual crayon, haha.

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