Life Stories Review
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Players: 2-8
Playing time: It depends on how chatty you are—it could easily last all night

I was at a slumber party at a friend’s house when our hostess pulled out this game. I’ve never been one for party games, so I was hesitant—especially since I really didn’t know the other people there. They were all friends of my friend—people whom I’d only met in passing, if at all. We were all a little hesitant, in fact, but we were assured that this was the most non-competitive, non-threatening game we’d ever play—and in no time, we were all chatting and laughing as if we’d known each other for years.

Life Stories, as the name suggests, is a storytelling game. Players take turns rolling a die and moving around the board. For each space, there’s a color-coordinated stack of cards, and each card asks a different question—about family traditions, experiences in other cultures, favorite experiences, favorite memories, and more. If you don’t want to answer the question, you can always choose to go for an Alternatives card instead—but you may end up acting something out or doing an impersonation or something equally embarrassing.

In Life Stories, there are no losers—just a room full of winners. When each player reaches the center of the board, there’s a celebration—in which the other players go around the circle and tell a story or say something nice about the player who’s finishing the game.

Life Stories is a great game for any group—families, friends, or even distant acquaintances. It feels a bit silly at first, but before long, each question—and each story—will spark other stories and other discussions. You’ll find that you’re getting to know your fellow players better. And don’t be surprised if you end up making a few new friends in the process.

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