Telling stories is a common human past time; for centuries people have enjoyed sharing stories and that is precisely why thousands of fictional books and short stories are published each year. Thinking up stories is a fantastic way to enhance cognitive skills and that is why it is especially good for children to partake in creative endeavors. Recently a company known as SCS Direct released a game titled “Tall Tales: The Game of Infinite Storytelling” which promotes players to think up new and interesting stories based on a series of cards and small pieces.
“Tall Tales: The Game of Infinite Storytelling” comes with 24 cards–each one depicting a different scene or environment–and 50 small soft plastic pieces that are shaped like a series of characters or objects including a baseball, a baby, a dragon and a mountain. Each of these environment cards and figurines are used as story prompts and can be employed in a number of different ways depending on the gameplay. This creative, non-competitive storytelling game is for people of all ages. It can be played with multiple players or solo. Players draw random story elements from a bag and twist their best tale using each piece, just like the world used to do before the technology revolution. The only limit is your imagination! According to the official website, there are five main ways to play the game:
• Basic Game: One player reaches into the story bag and draws 8 story pieces one at a time. Player then beginstelling a TALL TALE using one of the pieces drawn until all the pieces are included in the story. The story can be as wacky or fun as your imagination will allow. When the story is over, all the pieces go back into the story bag, and the next player draws to start their TALL TALE.
• World Tales: Follow the BASIC GAME directions. After drawing 8 story pieces, draw one story place card and use that card as an environment for your TALL TALE. As you tell your story, place your story pieces on the story place card as used.
• Taller Tales: Choose a number 9 to 50. One player draws one piece to use in their story. Once that piece is used, that player draws another piece which must be the next piece they use in their story. The story continues until the number of pieces chosen to use is achieved. Story place cards may be added for even more variations.
• Group Tales: Each player draws two or more story pieces, making the total number of pieces among all players between 10 and 20 (or whatever amount you desire). The first player chooses one piece they’ve drawn and begins the story. Once the first player uses their piece in the tale, they pass the story onto the second player who continues, using one of their pieces. The story passes from player to player until all players have used up all their pieces. Story place cards may be added for an added challenge.
• Marathon Tales: Like TALLER TALES, but the number chosen is always 50 pieces (the entire bag). Have one story teller, or make it like Group Tales where the story travels from player to player. Story place cards may be added for professional storytellers.
Overall this is a very fun game to play and it does much to exercise ones creative thinking. This is a game that could be employed as a tool of creativity even for grown people and, given its compact size, it is an ideal travel game. It will be exciting to see what new games this innovative new company comes up with in the near future. “Tall Tales” retails for $34.95. To learn more or purchase a copy of the game, visit the official SCS Direct website.