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Once Upon A Time

Reviewed by Debbie Pickett
Reproduced here with kind permission from Funagain Games.

Only limited by your imagination

I have to admit it; I'm not very good at playing Once Upon a Time. But when I do play it, even though I always lose miserably, I still have a good time. Once Upon a Time is a game where the rules are only as rigid as the players want them to be. It's very fun to see how someone manages to interpret a particularly difficult card into their story.

One variant of the game that is absolutely hilarious is to make the stories of a certain genre, such as Western, or Science Fiction, or Enid Blyton's children's books. Even crazier, try giving each player a different genre in the same game. ("Mad Dick Parker strides into the saloon - " [someone interrupts with the 'Tavern' card] "'Gosh!', said Dick, 'look at all these scrumptious cakes!'")

This is definitely a game for a crowd, and the more relaxed the crowd, the better the game will be.

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