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<  Non-computer games  ~  Once Upon a Time: Storytelling as game, no computer required

Le Lapin
Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 4:04 am Reply with quote
Joined: 01 Apr 2008 Posts: 22 Location: West Yorkshire
I've long wanted to tell Auriea and Michaël about this card game of which I bought a copy some months ago, though have only played a handful of times as it's one of the more epic-feeling and mentally taxing of the non-computer games I've purchased in my recent rediscovery of them (not "taxing" in a way which is unenjoyable – perhaps "exhilarating" is a more accurate term, though I find it to be one which always reads as hyperbole – but nevertheless in a manner which takes some time to recover from). This is the section about it in the original publisher's Web site:
http://www.atlas-games.com/onceuponatime

Heidi of SurLaLune Fairy Tales has recommended it as well:
http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/bookstore/games.html

Perhaps of particular relevance is how, in their essences, Once Upon a Time and The Path remind me of one another: they both involve the player encountering several things (the cards they are dealt in Once Upon a Time; the objects, the girls' reactions to them and so on in The Path) and using these elements, with their own imagination as the glue, to piece together a story. In Once Upon a Time this is the game, it is not optional. In The Path this activity is a – technically – optional meta-game but perhaps not optional in how the human brain is "wired" to interpret the sensations relayed to it and perhaps, in a way, the most game-like element of The Path (that is, if one of thinks of it like a German-style tabletop game or traditional arcade game, in which there are numerous strategies by which to earn to the same points, rather than a linear adventure game in which is there is one single correct solution to a puzzle).

That last sentence, if not making much sense when I read it, has, if nothing else, by doing so sparked me on several other theories – but not ones that I've time to describe now that it's 3:00 AM. Mr. Green
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Michael
Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:25 am Reply with quote
Site Administrator Joined: 07 Jun 2002 Posts: 8065 Location: Gent, Belgium
Thanks for the tip! Surprised
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Chainsawkitten
Posted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 9:00 pm Reply with quote
Joined: 04 Dec 2008 Posts: 154 Location: Sweden
Once Upon a Time is awesome, but seriously, you can just write your own cards. Smile (Can bring some hilarious results.)
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