Make time to share the laughs, with Long Story Short by The Game Chef.
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When our daughter was growing up, we had family game night every Friday night. Actually, we called it our sleepover night because it was the night we all grabbed our sleeping bags and fell asleep watching a movie. However, it wasn’t the movie that made the night special, it was all of the games we played that made the night unforgettable. See, each Friday night we would take turns picking out a movie and our favorite board games. We would stay up all night playing the games before finally getting exhausted and crashing in front of the television. We carried on that tradition for many years until our daughter became a highschooler, and was too busy to hang out with her parents. Over the next few years, we tried to find new things to do as a family, but game night was always missed. That was, until we were introduced to The Game Chef. Now, we enjoy family game night whenever our schedules allow.
Thank you to The Game Chef, for providing me with their Long Story Short game, for review purposes only.
If you want to bring back game night with your family or friends, then The Game Chef has the perfect games for you. Click here to read about their hit party game, Rollick! We have such a wonderful time playing Rollick! with our friends, so my family and I were eager to give Long Story Short a try.
Long Story Short includes everything you need to have hours of fun: 104 story cards (a total of 416 story starters), 8 suggestion cards (acronyms/emoticons), 1 die, 1 scorecard, 8 storyboards, 8 dry erase markers and 3 chips (red, white and blue).
As it is accurately stated, Long Story Short is a hilarious game of truths, twists, tweets and texts. Recommended for 4-8 players – ages 13 and over, this game will bring your family and/or friends to game night any day of the week. You can even show them you know a thing or two about social media.
To make it simple, Long Story Short is just that. The Storyteller awards points based on how well a player makes a Long Story – Short.
To start, each player takes a storyboard and marker. Then, they will roll the die with the highest roller becoming the first Storyteller. The Storyteller will use a “story starter” to tell a story or experience to the other players. Use as many details as possible. Your story can be amusing, serious, wacky, peculiar, personal, implausible, or whatever you want it to be. It can also be true or false.
Once the story has been told, the Storyteller rolls the die. This will determine the format the other players have to use to submit their “short stories”.
Each side of the die represents a different format. They are:
(4) Comic Strip/picture,
(5) Storyteller’s choice, and
(6) Players’ choice.
Using the storyboards, the players retell a short version of the story either by writing or drawing. The short versions must be in the proper format, but they can be told anyway you choose such as in first person or third party. After you are done with your short version, place the storyboard facedown in the middle. Once everyone is done, the Storyteller will collect the boards, read the responses aloud and will award points based on how well each player made the Long Story – Short.
If the Storyteller chooses, he or she may determine the selection criteria for each round – funniest, most creative, clever, bizarre, alternative outcome, preferred twist, etc.
Players earn points based on the chips awarded by the Storyteller, who places the chips directly on the player’s storyboard. There are three colored chips, each worth their own number of points. The blue chips are worth 3 points, the red are worth 2 points and the white are worth 1 point.
Remember earlier when I mentioned earlier the story could be true or false? Answer correctly for an additional point by circling the “T” or “F” on the storyboard. If all players guess the true or false incorrectly, the Storyteller wins 3 points.
Each point equals 1 square on the scorecard. Points are tallied on the scorecard and the person to the left of the Storyteller becomes the Storyteller for the next round. Earn 16 squares to become the winner!
Don’t worry if you aren’t up to speed on the social media craze. The Game Chef provides “Response Refreshers, Reminders, Suggestions and Hints”, so anyone can play Long Story Short. The game was definitely a hit at my house, as we are still laughing at some of our responses and we can’t wait to play again.
Are you ready to have some fun? Long Story Short, as well as The Game Chef’s other hilarious games, can be found at most specialty toy stores, such as Toys R Us. They can also be found in craft stores, gift and museum shops. If you prefer to order online, simply visit Amazon. The Game Chef games make excellent gifts, so be sure to pick up a few extras to give out this holiday season.
Bring back game night with The Game Chef!