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Tales of the Arabian Nights

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Infinite storytelling adventures

Tales of the Arabian Nights is an enormous, silly, messy game about having adventures and telling stories. This is much more an engine for creating funny interactions and shaggy-dog stories than anything else: it works well for 3-4 players (2 works fine, but a slightly larger group generates more laughter) and is good for families, though we always reduce the score required to finish the game so that it doesn’t drag.

You move your character around the board encountering randomised characters and situations, and choose how to respond from a grid of possible actions. In each case you get a new and different response, all drawn from an enormous book full of carefully numbered and cross-referenced paragraphs. The system works amazingly well and any available action produces a reasonable response. Using the books and grids gives a fantastic feeling of tactility, and everything is very attractively produced, so you feel you’re getting your money’s worth.

For me this is definitely not a 'serious' or 'heavy' game (except in sheer weight!). There’s no real strategy to speak of, and the game’s scoring and end-point is fairly arbitrary, but when you’re the Ensorcelled Ape Vizier of Muscat, roaming around middle-ages Europe in search of a spouse but prevented at every turn by your friends magically forcing you to choose ridiculous actions for every encounter (“Drink the lion! Drink it!”), you’ll be having too much fun to care.

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In Tales of the Arabian Nights, you are the hero or heroine in a story of adventure and wonder just like those told by Scheherazade to her spellbound sultan! You will travel the land seeking your own destiny and fortune. You will learn stories and gain wisdom to share with others. Will you be the first to fulfill your destiny? The next Tale is yours to tell! There is, of course, a winner in Tales of the Arabian Nights, but the point of the game is less to see who wins and more to enjoy the unfolding and telling of a great story!

In this new edition of the groundbreaking storytelling game, you enter the lands of the Arabian Nights alongside Sindbad, Ali Baba, and the other legendary heroes of the tales. Travel the world encountering imprisoned princesses, powerful 'efreets, evil viziers, and such marvels as the Magnetic Mountain and the fabled Elephant's Graveyard.

Choose your actions carefully and the skills you possess will reward you: become beloved, wealthy, mighty - even become sultan of a great land. Choose foolishly, however, and become a beggar, or be cursed with a beast's form or become insane from terror! YOU will bring to life the stories of the inestimable Book of Tales in this vastly replayable board game with over 2002 tales that will challenge, amuse, astound and spellbind you for years to come.

  1-6 Players  |  120 Minutes  |  Ages 12+

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Reviewed by Hugh, from United Kingdom
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Infinite storytelling adventures

Tales of the Arabian Nights is an enormous, silly, messy game about having adventures and telling stories. This is much more an engine for creating funny interactions and shaggy-dog stories than anything else: it works well for 3-4 players (2 works fine, but a slightly larger group generates more laughter) and is good for families, though we always reduce the score required to finish the game so that it doesn’t drag.

You move your character around the board encountering randomised characters and situations, and choose how to respond from a grid of possible actions. In each case you get a new and different response, all drawn from an enormous book full of carefully numbered and cross-referenced paragraphs. The system works amazingly well and any available action produces a reasonable response. Using the books and grids gives a fantastic feeling of tactility, and everything is very attractively produced, so you feel you’re getting your money’s worth.

For me this is definitely not a 'serious' or 'heavy' game (except in sheer weight!). There’s no real strategy to speak of, and the game’s scoring and end-point is fairly arbitrary, but when you’re the Ensorcelled Ape Vizier of Muscat, roaming around middle-ages Europe in search of a spouse but prevented at every turn by your friends magically forcing you to choose ridiculous actions for every encounter (“Drink the lion! Drink it!”), you’ll be having too much fun to care.

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