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Soup's on as you follow a recipe, of sorts, to get rid of your food cards. Despite the temptation, stones don't belong. Slip one into the pot and double your risk. Includes a recipe for real soup, no stones required. The first player to get rid of all of his cards is the winner.
Stone Soup helps players plan ahead and predict, read other people's faces, and learn when to bluff and take a risk. Stone Soup lightens the deception with a warm and humorous narrative from the familiar folktale.
First off, Stone Soup the folk tale (commonly read by CHILDREN) is all about how a rather wary and shellshocked community are 'deceived' by some clever fellows into creating a warm, happy, and fulfilling festival centered on the soup. While I find it amusing that an analyst would refer to his child as 'a total goody two shoes' I find it disturbing that the other two reviewers at this point can't see the obvious benefits to letting children have an outlet for any deceptive tendencies they might have. If you don't let them express them in a game, you may well find yourself dealing with them in a much more deleterious circumstance. A more sinister reason for using this game at an early age would be for YOUR benefit, as parents, to learn more fully how your children approach bluffing and deceit, so that you can recognize key factors later in life. Kids need to experience the feelings surrounding being lied to as much as they need to experience the feelings of lying--if you can control the context in which it all happens, you are that much closer to not worrying about it.
I think a previous reviewer needs to lighten up a bit. I am a psychiatrist and I hardly think that this game teaches lying and cheating. Let's face it, all of us have impulses to lie or cheat but if we have a well developed conscience, we don't do it in real life. On the other hand, a game gives us a chance to exercise this side of ourselves without doing any harm. Anyway, I don't mean to get too psychoanalytic about this, I just think that my family has had a lot of fun with this game, especially my 7 year old daughter who tends to be a total goody two shoes and would never consider lying or cheating in real life.
Ostensibly a kid's game, 'Stone Soup' is a game that rewards lying and cheating, and in my opinion is perhaps not the best game for teaching morals to children.
Each player is dealt a hand of cards, the cards representing various ingredients for a rather rich soup. Each ingredient is numbered, and each player must put in the next ingredient, or 'add some salt' with a salt card, which passes the responsibility for a particular ingredient on to the next player. The player states how many of the ingredient are being added, and cards are placed on the discard pile face-down. These cards can be challenged by anyone who suspects that the contents of the group are not as promised, and there are penalties for guessing incorrectly or for lying.
Rather simple game, with almost no strategy. This is simply a game of bluff, and not a particularly good one at that. Still, it is light fare, and almost perfect as a beer and pretzels outing, if you are in the right mood for it. My wife likes it a lot, and that says something for it.