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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!
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The game started raising funds on Kickstarter; the goal being a modest $20,000 but quickly reached that goal halfway through the fundraising and eventually raised over $360,000.

The game itself can be found here. There is an animation short based on the game available on Youtube.


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  • 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.
  • Extrinsic Go-First Rule: The rules state that the owner of the cards will be the judge for the first round.
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  • 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.
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