Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A bottle with a cook in it.

Last night I went to board game night at the Gold Star Anime. Kelly Anne and I got to play a game called Once Upon a Time. Basically it is Whimsy Cards on steroids. You have story cards and one ending card. The object of the game is to get rid of all your cards by composing a story incorporating the single word found on each of the story games that finishes with the ending written on the ending card.

The fun begins when other players can interrupt and hijack your story. Then attempt to complete it by using their cards and their ending. When you get up to seven players the result is zany, hilarious, and a lot of fun. Where you wind up with a young Queen imprisoned in a dungeon by the evil Witch upstairs, next to a cave with treasure that includes a crown, a ring, and a bottle with a cook inside dreaming about getting back to his home town of Stupidville.

Released in 1997, it is made by Atlas Games who appears to still publish it.


Dennis Laffey said...

I've got it, and the "Dark Tales" expansion. It's a fun game to play with friends, and as a teacher I've had a lot of luck modifying it for use with my EFL students.

Unknown said...

Sounds fun!
It reminds me of a "book" my son's preschool class wrote. Each student added a sentence to the Once upon a time...there was a King who had a party with some dragons. His favorite present was a Transformer.
iIwill have to check this game out!