Tabletop Game / Story War
Story War is a story telling party game for three to eight players created by Brad O'Farrell
and Tom McLean
. The object of the game is to defeat the opposing team by telling a story using the cards. There are three types of cards: Warriors, Items and Battlefield. Each turn represents one battle between two teams of players. The setting is defined by a randomly drawn Battlefield card. Players then look at the Warrior cards and Item cards in their hands and try to come up with a clever strategy. Once every player has played their Warrior cards face-down, everyone flips their cards over simultaneously. Then players must quickly describe, in an open discussion, how their team would defeat the opposing team. Each battle is moderated by a judge that rotates every turn so the shared pop cultural context of everyone in the room is very important!
The game started raising funds on Kickstarter; the goal being but quickly overcame that goal and hit the highest target () halfway through the fundraising and the highest target had to be raised to It eventually gained in funding.
There is an animation short
based on the game available on Youtube.
- Anachronism Stew: The first volume is medieval fantasy-themed, but it can be freely combined with the modern setting from the second volume or the deluxe edition, which contains a few futuristic elements.
- Baleful Polymorph: There are a few cards that allow you to change the properties of things.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Suggestions on how you win the battle.
- Crossover: There's a Story War card in Machine of Death, with additional rules if you own both games.
- Extrinsic Go-First Rule: The rules state that the owner of the cards will be the judge for the first round.
- Game-Breaker: According to how the judge rules a situation games can be tight on who will win.
- Grey and Gray Morality: Lampshaded in the short film, where both parties have morally questionable goals that involve abusing a leprechaun.
Goblin: Unhand him, you villains!
Medusa: Uh, excuse me? We're not the bad guys.
Gremlin: Yeah, you guys are basically just trying to outright mug this guy, you can't really take the moral high ground here.
- Interspecies Romance: The Goblin and Fairy are romantically involved in the animation.
- Jackass Genie: The Wishing Star is said to grant wishes in the most ironic way possible.
- Lost Woods: There is a card straight-up named this.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: The Faerie is described as this.
- Money Spider: In the animation, the Leprechaun bleeds gold coins, prompting the Goblin and Fairy to engage in Comedic Sociopathy in order to pay their rent.
- Our Monsters Are Different: Most cards are supernaturally themed.
- Panacea: The Life Potion can cure any one problem
- Skeleton Key: With a skull on top, to boot.
- Weapon Tropes: