I really like games where you use your imagination. They get you thinking creatively, and I love to see how far you can take something. I also find the concept of this game intruiging. Basically, Nanofictionary is a card game in which you create a "tiny story" using the cards you've been dealt. You develop the basic structure of a story by collecting setting, problem, character and resolution cards. The stories you create are short, so you don't have to worry about making a masterpiece. The game designer Andrew Looney actually used the word "Nanofiction" to describe very short stories (55 words or less). The game has three phases: the writing phase where you organize your cards and figure out your structure, the storytelling phase where you get to narrate your story and the awards phase, where the winner of the game is announced! To me, it seems like the perfect game to get your creative juices going and also to share and enjoy stories with your friends or family.
Another game that I rediscovered upon inspection of the game table was Once Upon A Time. This one we HAVE played before. It has a fairy tale setting complete with dragons, castles and princesses. It's a fun game but I think it would be better with more than two players. Instead of creating your own story, in Once Upon A Time, the player create a story together using the ingredients on their cards. You take turns being the Storyteller and each player tries to guide the plot in a way that will allow them to play out all their cards first and use the Happy Ever After card.
I'm glad I found these games because lately I've been thinking about how much I like to write and how much I would love to write a children's book one day. I think playing these games might help spark some imagination and bring me one step closer to that goal. All I have to do is get some friends together and start playing!
Have you played either of these games? Do you know any other storytelling games?