We’re going away for a few days next week and Alex suggested we bring our Scrabble set along. I told her that’s a big thing to bring along since our Scrabble board does not fold in half. Sam suggested the Monopoly set instead — which is smaller — but I still think that’s too big to bring along. I suggested playing cards. They didn’t look too thrilled. So I said, “Let’s bring Talecraft!” And that generated a lot of excitement.
What is Talecraft? It is a story-telling card game that, according to Wikipedia, was developed and published in the Philippines. When I checked out the Talecraft website, I was pleasantly surprised to find so many familiar names involved in its promotion — Kenneth Yu (publisher of The Digest of Philippine Genre Stories and with whom I’ve exchanged a lot of wonderful e-mails), Marcelle Fabie (oh, we go a loooong way!) and Dean Alfar.
Let me show Talecraft to you.
Ooops, sorry, wrong photo. We were in the bedroom earlier and the girls and I were were discussing how much, or how little, strawberry streusel cake we would set aside for their father…
Whoa! Wrong photo again… Yeah, yeah, I’m just kidding. I just had nowhere else to post the strawberry streusel cake photos.
Here are the real photos.
How does Talecraft work? Players pick cards randomly from three stacks. There’s the genre stack…
… which basically means adventure, horror, sci-fi, mystery… You get the idea.
Then, there’s the archetype stack — hero or villain?
And then there’s the key stack which means a player either gets a keyword or a plot line.
So, each player has five minutes to combine all cards to make a story. Each tells his story but since a beautiful story is something subjective (despite what stuck-up academics say), there are no real winners in Talecraft. What I really like about Talecraft is how it stimulates the mind — a mind game that is fun at the same time. You have to strive to come up with a story that makes sense in the context of the cards you picked.
So, if you’re looking for something new to while away the boredom during the summer break, check our Talecraft. Highly recommended for older children, teens and adults. A real family activity that everyone can enjoy.
No, this is not a product endorsement, just a personal recommendation. And I didn’t get my box of Talecraft for free. I bought it for P300 pesos.