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NeverEnding Story

No. of Players: 2+
Type of Game: spoken
What you need: nothing

Goal

To tell a story using contributions from multiple people.

How to play

Players sit in a circle. One player begins to recite a story, but abruptly stops after just a sentence or two (or in the middle of one). The second player picks up from where the first player left off, and similarly stops briefly thereafter. This continues until all players have at least made one contribution, with the last player finishing the story properly. Or else a player inadvertently finishes the story too early, which would make that player ineligible to participate in the next round.

This game is similar to Consequences, Unfolding Story, and Word By Word.

Example

Five players tell the following story:

Once upon a time Bart the Brave set forth to reclaim the Golden Scepter which was stolen from his father long ago. As he mounted his horse, he waved to the adoring crowd that had gathered, and said: "If I am not back by lunch, would someone please save me a sandwich? Oh, and please don't eat my fruit cup or drink my juice box. Mom packed it special for me this morning." This was typical Robert, always on the lookout for himself. No one really believed he would come back with what he was promising the people. They knew he would instead just stop off at the first Golden Griddle and gorge himself on pancakes until it was time to come home. He would tell us that he had the Scepter in his hands, after wrestling it from an Ogre, and was on his way home. But suddenly he came across a giant dragon who encircled him in fire until he was forced to give it up. He would try again tomorrow.

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