Essen 2014 – Pinocchio: True or False

Posted on by Jesta

A game about lying…

…but you already knew that.

The blurb explains all.

Pinocchio: True or False is an enlightening and bonding storytelling game. A player draws a subject card, chooses one of the four subjects on the card, decides whether the story they are going to tell will be true or just a lie, then begins their story. The other players listen to the story to judge its veracity. After the story has been told, the one who grabs the Pinocchio doll first can ask the storyteller a question, which the storyteller must answer honestly — unless the story is a lie, of course, in which case they can say what they want.

Each player then secretly votes on whether or not the story was a lie. Those who guess incorrectly must take a wooden nose block and make Pinocchio’s nose grow by stacking their block onto his ever-lengthening nose. When a player places the nose block, the tree rings on the block must be fully covered and not visible. If any blocks fall, whoever caused this gets an “Angel Token”. When a player gets his third angel token, the game ends after this round, and the player with the fewest angel tokens win.

In order to make gameplay more challenging, if half or more players guess correctly as to whether the story is or isn’t true, the storyteller must also add a block to the nose. Therefore, the storyteller should do their best to make the story confusing.

Pinocchio CardsNot a bad game but very situational. Would be good for a ice breaker or to play at a con with strangers.

Having said that, I do like ‘Would I lie to you‘ and this is a board game version of that, in a way.

Cool Pinocchio statue too.

Pinocchio Board

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