Described as "The Game that Gets Everyone Talking," this game
comes in a little 4 x 4-inch box and contains 119 Category Cards
and 6 Voting Cards. Each Category Card lists a discussion topic
in English, French, Spanish, and German. The instructions describe
four ways to play. Players can simply go around and pick a card,
sharing a personal anecdote that fits the topic, or all players
can share about the same topic. Another version allows some choice
of topics: players are dealt five cards with the option of exchanging
them and then sharing stories to match their five cards. Finally,
players may take turns drawing a card and, without revealing the
topic, share a story, true or false, on the topic. The other players
use the Voting Cards to state whether or not they believe the story
to be true or false and receive a point if their vote is correct.
Are you curious about the categories? They include worst gift,
people problem, memory, and greatest strength. There are several
cards that may not align with some families' values: lie, vomit
story, secret, passing gas story, bathroom story, and kissing story,
for example. So parents will want to go through the Category Cards
The game is for ages ten and up, but I'm sure some younger children
would also enjoy playing. It is primarily a non-competitive game,
except for the last variation listed above.
Chronicles of the Mind fosters good communication skills and confidence.
Due to its compact size, it would be a great game to take on vacation.