Before There Were Stars
Smirk and Laughter Games
Playing Time: 40-60 minutes
Designer: Alex Cutler, Matt Fantastic, Alexander Wilkinson
Artist: Marthy Angue, Lisa Falzon
Publisher: Smirk and Laughter Games.
This game is all about playing cards, telling stories, and sharing in the experience. Players will roll dice, draft star constellation cards. Then players will go around telling stories that go with the constellations that they have collected. After all stories have been told players get to secretly place scoring stones into the other players scoring bags. Play goes through several rounds building constellations into your story library. Once 4 rounds have passed final scoring takes place. The player who earns the most points wins. Though the game is more about enjoying the stories told amongst each other.
This game has been a great addition to my library. It says it plays 3-6 but the story building concepts can be played with 1 or 2 players. Just eliminating the score keeping aspect and have fun telling the story.
The artwork on the cards is well crafted. Each constellation is thematic and imaginative. With 80 constellation cards and 2 versions of stories to be told the game has a wide range of possibility. My 9 year old was even able to craft an interesting and funny story with the game.
More information can be found at Smirk and Laughter Games’ website at https://www.smirkandlaughter.com/
And board game geek’s site https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/243780/there-were-stars
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