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Good story game. Could be less modern-biased
on May 23, 2012
Tell Tale comes with 60 round double-sided story cards, from which each player must make a story. The competition can be seen as Once Upon a Time, Rory's Story Cubes, and Scary Stories.
Tell Tall comes with four different games:
Round N Round -- Each person has 4 cards, Each person takes a turn flipping over their card, and adding to the ongoing story based on that card.
Showtime -- Each person gets 6 cards, and tells there story based on 6 cards uninterrupted, in order.
Storyboard -- Each person gets 6 cards, and can pick either side of each, and arranges their cards however they like. They then tell a story.
The Stack -- Take cards one at a time from the stack, until all sixty cards are exhausted.
Some examples of cards: woman jogging, modern shower,boxing glove, guitar, fortune teller, chemistry set, man in jeans dancing, man and girl in modern outfits on beach, man and girl in modern outfits dancing, big sign for motel cafe, patched teddy bear, box of tissue paper, saw-wrench-hammer, vector equations on chalkboard, ambulance, set of false teeth, boy playing baseball, television, drive-in, modern crutch, motorcycle, person using computer, cruise ship, modern toilet, some skyscrapers
These examples are not the stuff of fairy tales. Once you've established a prince fighting a giant lizard, it's not necessarily ideal for the modern world to intrude on the story. In the Once Upon a Time cards, all cards avoid things found only in the modern world. But I am an adult, and I know what an old style plow looks like, and the various tropes of fantasy. For youngsters, familiarity-bias is likely a good thing. At some age, maybe 10-12, the Once Upon a Time deck would be more suitable.