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Once upon a time … Story Cubes

While window shopping with my soul mate we stumbled upon this novelties shop named ‘Bloomington’ (Singapore), a shop located in the basement of Achorpoint, opposite Ikea in Alexandra. Achorpoint is also home to a high class Kofu food court and many other nice shops. It’s not easy to reach by train if you’re not familiar with that area.

Bloomington carries a wide range of board games and novelties that you can hardly find in Singapore like ‘I’m the Boss!’ and ‘sounds like a plan’, brain boosting puzzles, musical cards, humourous signs … a little something for everyone.

And of course, not forgetting the writers, they carry this interesting dice game called ‘Story Cubes’; it comes with 9 picture dices that is up to your own interpretation of what they mean.

(For the fantasy writers there’s also a fantasy card game which was more costly so I didn’t buy and review … yet)

Inside the box it writes something like this –

Option 1: Roll 9 cubes, choose any face up pictures of the dice as the starting point of your story, begin with ‘once upon a time …” and link everything up.

Option 2: Choose a title of theme then roll all 9 cubes and try to tell a story that relates to the title or theme.

Option 3: Divide the cubes evenly among players, starting with one player and continuing in a circle, take turns and roll the cubes and you have a round robin going on.

Below is the self made rules of play that should only be taken as a reference only.

The game works like this – first you throw 3 dices then you let your imagination run wild. You throw another 3 dices and you let your imagination run even wilder. Finally, you throw the last 3 dices and let your imagination run to the other end of the world.

And what do you do with your running imagination? Write it down of course!

What I think of it … 

It’s a pretty nifty game to have and carry around. Not only it helps clear writing blocks but it can be used as a party game as well, although I wouldn’t recommend it to be played with people with limited or lazy imagination or played among more than 3 people. It sort of takes away the fun without having at least 3 cubes per person … well, maybe 2 cubes per person isn’t that bad either.

With 54 images and countless combinations, you can be sure your imagination can be stretched as far as the other end of the world!

Below are some shots for your reference:

Here’s how the box looks like:

The insides ~

All cubes rolled out

First three:

A fire broke out and burnt the cassette which exploded in all directions

Second three:

The exploded the cassette hit an old man carrying a cane who used an abacus to calculate his medical bills for this injury who actually turns out to be a shadow demon.

Last three:

I shone a torch at the old man and he retreated into a small tent replica in my room. I waited for time to pass and threw that replica away … with the shadowy demon.

Finally, try making out a story yourself using the pictures below –

The furthest two which are blurred is an abacus and a house.


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