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One of the things I enjoy most about blogging is the people you meet along the way. Recently an inventor of a new game, Peter Martinazzi reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in reviewing a new game called Story Bowl. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect as we were planning a trip to the west coast for a family reunion. Not only would there be lots of folks to share the game with but our family loves to play games!story bowl game

 

Story Bowl is the game to play with the entire family. It’s a goofy, lighthearted team game that ends in everyone telling stories. In just 45 minutes you’ll shout, play charades, squeak and more. All with clues that re 3-word “micro-stories” about everyone’s past memories. At the end of the game, you’ll reveal which micro-stories everyone wrote and tell the actual stories behind them.Story Bowl Game

 

TO play Story Bowl you’ll need at least 4 players but you can have as many as 14 playing the game. There were 9 of us, which was perfect. We had two teams and it really doesn’t matter if the teams are not equal. Depending on how many people you have playing the game it takes about 30-45 minutes to play.Story Bowl Game

 

How in the world did this game come about? Peter and his friend Rob, two friends from California who love to play games came up with the idea.

 

Story Bowl is based on a parlor game that Peter’s family calls “The Naked Game” (not sure why, and they haven’t heard it called this anywhere else). The game is super fun to play, and whenever we successfully play it, it creates a ton of good memories because the micro-stories are based on people’s own stories and they talk about them after the game.  BUT we found it was difficult to corral a group of friends, describe the game to them, and help guide each one of them to come up with their words. We heard things like “this sounds complicated”, “is this actually going to be fun”, and “what should i write”, etc…

So Rob and Peter made Story Bowl to make it easier for players to understand what to do and write memorable “micro-stories” about themselves.  The prompt cards reduce the friction to play, take a lot of the pressure and complication off the host of a game, and result in even more memorable “micro-stories”!Story Bowl Game

 

Not only were Peter and Rob nice enough to send me a game to review but they have also included a code for all my readers to get 15% off the game if they order a copy before October 17th! It would be a perfect gift or stocking stuffer for the holidays. Just use the code WX7LKEUL and order your game HERE.

 

I hope you enjoy playing this wonderful game as much as our family did!

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With the second part of our long trip ahead of us we’ve been coming up with ways to stay entertained. We have pod casts to listen to, books on tape to listen to, plenty of music but what about games?

My favorite game as a kid – whenever we took a long car ride we played the License Plate Game. Each day we kept a list of all the state license plates we saw. We never got all the states in one day but we had days where the list was long! I still love this game and on our four day journey to Keystone, SD we played this each day. Of course you have to start with a new list each day!

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Another fun game is Name a Country. The next person has to name a country that begins with the last letter of the previous country.

Depending on the ages of those you are traveling with you can play I Spy. But you MUST preface what you spy with “I spy with my little eye” or it doesn’t count.I Spy

Would you rather X or Y? Best game ever. All parties MUST answer. Example: Would you rather be able to read minds or be invisible? Could lead to some fun discussion!

Another interesting game is Build a Story. Each person contributes one sentence at a time to a story. This can be lots of fun especially if you have a car full of people!

20 Questions “Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” Only 18 more times to go! In 20 Questions, whomever goes first thinks of, well, anything. The first question is always, “Animal, vegetable or mineral?” After that, the players can ask pointed questions to try and guess — go around the car in a circle asking for clues such as, “Does it bark?” or “Can you peel it?” for example, although the answer to those questions can only be “yes” or “no.” If you reach the 20th question without a winner, everyone has one last chance to figure it out before the “thing” is revealed and another person starts a fresh round.

Where’s The Alphabet? Perform this as teams or solo players. You’ll want to utilize road signs, billboards, shop names — any reading material outside the window qualifies as long as it’s spotted on your side of the car. (If you’re the front-seat passenger, focus on the right.) You’ll be looking for every letter of the alphabet, in alphabetical order, although the letter can be located anywhere in the word. Say there is a fruit stand with a sign for Granny Smith apples — there’s your A. The exit for the Brooklyn Bridge would cover B, Road Closed is C and so on. First one to the letter Z wins.Alphabet

The Picnic Game A memory builder for all ages. One player says, “I went to a picnic Saturday and I brought…” then says a picnic favorite that begins with the letter A, like apples. The next player repeats the opening phrase, and after “…I brought” they repeat the A item then add one that begins with B: “I brought an apple and some bananas.” The third player repeats the opener, the A and the B portions, and then adds something that begins with C. Get it? Can your travelers get through the alphabet, remembering all the items everyone contributed? Try keeping track of 23 items plus figuring out what you can take to a picnic that starts with X

Fortunately-Unfortunately While you’re taking a road trip, your kids are a captive audience. Take the opportunity while you have their attention to challenge them to think positively by playing Fortunately-Unfortunately. In this game, one person will make an unfortunate statement, and then another player will counter the statement with a positive response. For example, one player could make the statement, “Unfortunately, a lion is going to attack us.” A second player would counter with a more fortunate statement such as “Fortunately, I took lion taming lessons.” The more exaggerated and silly the statements are the better!

With a few more long days in the car ahead of us, I’m sure my husband and I will entertain each other with some of these silly games! What are your favorite car games?

 

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