Back of the Box: Black Stories

A couple of months ago I went to a little convention called PAX East. I had my tax refund money in my hand, and I was looking for a game to buy, one that I could easily carry, one that a lot of people could play at once, and, most importantly, one I thought my friends would enjoy.

I asked the vendor specifically for a card game I could buy, thinking of something along the lines of Werewolves of Millers Hollow... preferably with a C’Thulhu theme, or, at least a 1940’s theme.

The upside of this story is I came away with Black Stories, the downside is twofold: 1.) I missed out on a golden opportunity to buy Burning Wheel, and 2.) I came away with Black Stories 1.

Black Stories is the game that I carry around most of the time in case random parties happen (seriously, they pop up all the damn time, you’d be surprised), and we need something to amuse ourselves while the clown/stripper/hobo arrives. It is the simplest game ever in that all you do is ask questions.

So….

Should You Buy This Game?

Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding if Black Stories is right for you.

TL;DR:

Jill’s House Rules: If the group is really really stuck on a situation, you can ask, once, for a hint, and the Story Master will tell you, in their own way, something to help you along. I tend to favor “You are not thinking about [x] as much as you should” or else “You need to consider [x]’s relationship to [y]”, bu other people can play that however they want.

I have no idea where you can find Black Stories. Perhaps in stores some of the time? I lucked out and almost wished I never found this game, as actually obtaining them outside of a convention setting seems impossible (no, wait, I’m a liar, you can find the first edition for sale on Amazon from a reasonable 10 bucks, plus shipping, to $53. Crazy… )

Black Stories is distributed in North America (or, at least, Canada) by kikigane, and try as I might I can’t get an email through to ask how to obtain the only English expansion available in the States. We like interesting games here too!

Posted on July 19, 2010 at 20:48 by Jillian Pullara · Permalink
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