Gameday First Play – Once Upon A Time
Once upon a time there was a card game…
…that appeared to effect my short term memory.
Once Upon A Time is a game in which the players create a story together, using cards that show typical elements from fairy tales. One player is the Storyteller and creates a story using the ingredients on her cards. She tries to guide the plot towards her own ending. The other players try to use cards to interrupt her and become the new Storyteller. The winner is the first player to play out all her cards and end with her Happy Ever After card.
You have a bunch of cards with various characters, places, aspects and events on them and you play them out by telling a story.
As you tell your story you play a card that matches what you have said with the goal of getting all of your cards out of your hand. You can’t just say things like “He went on a journey by a river and was imprisoned in a dungeon…” and bash out those 4 cards from your hand, you need to space them out.
But, if you mention something that is in someone else’s hand, for instance if you suddenly start talking about a Princess and someone has the Princess card in their hand, they can take over the story by playing the card.
The goal of the ‘game’ is to get all the cards out of your hand and play your happy ending card. Each player has a different ending so everyone is trying to steer the story in their own direction.
The game is very fun, our story was bizarre, confusing and would have made a terrible book but it was fun to listen to.
The problem is I was so busy enjoying and listening to the story that when it came to me I couldn’t remember a thing that had happened. I really REALLY struggled to have any continuity to my turns, getting rid of 3 cards at most in a single round.
A fun game.