Monday, September 12, 2011
Day 29: Life Stories
My 23 year-old son and his girlfriend are staying with me this week, and this evening after supper, to indulge my need to try something new, they played Life Stories with me. The game was a Christmas gift to my ex-husband and me many years ago; it was still in its plastic wrapping. But tonight seemed the perfect time to break the seal and give it a whirl.
The premise is simple. Each player selects a marker - or uses a personal item, such as a coin or a ring - and move across the playing board towards the "Grand Celebration," selecting cards to share "memories," "valuables," and "etchings" along the way. If you don't like the card you draw, you can choose an "alternative," such as, "Ask each player to imitate a different laugh." Here are a few examples from tonight's game:
Describe a neighbor who was difficult to live with.
What is one kind of art that intrigues you. Why?
Describe one of your best or worst teachers.
Great questions, right?
This is a noncompetitive game, a concept my son seemed to have trouble wrapping his brain around; also, he kept getting cards that hit a little too close to home, and he seemed vaguely depressed at the conclusion of our adventure, even though he reached the "Grand Celebration" first. But I enjoyed the opportunity to share some of my personal stories and to get to know his girlfriend a little bit better.
My conclusion is that this is a great family board game and would be especially fun with multiple generations of family playing at the same time, maybe following a holiday meal. Check it out! You won't be disappointed.