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Store:  Card Games, Party Games, Family Games
Series:  Nanofictionary
Genre:  Storytelling
Format:  Card Games


List Price: $17.00
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Ages Play Time Players
10+ 30-45 minutes 3-6

Designer(s): Andrew Looney

Manufacturer(s): Looney Labs

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Product Description

Where are we?
Who is there?
What's going on?
And how is it all going to end?

These are the crucial questions each player answers, choosing from the cards they're dealt to tell a very short story. Players combine and recombine Settings, Characters, Problems and Resolutions to create the best story they can, while other players mix things up with wacky Action cards. Everyone votes for their favorites, including onlookers, and the winner is the player who's story garners the most points!

Some imagination required.

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Andrew Looney

  • Manufacturer(s): Looney Labs

  • Artist(s): Alison Frane

  • Year: 2002

  • Players: 3 - 6

  • Time: 30 - 45 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Est. time to learn: 10-20 minutes

  • Weight: 202 grams


  • 110 color playing cards
  • rulebook

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3.7 in 3 reviews

Let me tell you a story about a really fun game.
January 21, 2003

Nanofictionary is less a game than it is a social interaction. It's a way to get together and be creative with friends.

There is a unique turn structure where everyone goes at the same time, which creates the game's biggest flaw. You really need to appoint someone to make sure everyone is on the same turn. Not only does it keep everyone honest, but it helps the slower players from falling behind.

There's a real versatility to this game. I've had people get the same cards and yet tell completely different stories.

The art is suggestive and fun, but not overpowering. It doesn't force descriptions.

The scoring is done in an interesting and efficient manner (though care must be taken to avoid mistakes that may cause a re-do of the awards phase.)

All in all, this is serious fun. I never hesitate to drop Nanofictionary in my bag whenever games might break out.

You have so much fun, you don't care who wins
January 12, 2003

This game plays quickly. There isn't an awful lot of 'game play' involved... The game revolves around a cards that contain themes for stories -- once you have collected enough story elements (characters, places, problems and resolutions) you can 'tell a story' around those. To the extent that the game is strategic, it's only in attempting to get from others cards that fit in better with the sort of story you want to tell.

The game is great for a laugh. If you've ever had the pleasure of playing Atlas Games' 'Once Upon a Time' you'll see some differences that make this game a little less frenetic... For one, someone else's story can't be interrupted -- which makes (I think) for better less all-over-the-maps stories.

I strongly reccomend this game.

by Sam L-L
Sadly disappointing
February 08, 2003

I had high hopes for Nanofictionary since another story-telling game, Once Upon a Time, is a perpetual favorite. Sadly, Nanofictionary just totally failed to captivate us...there was simply no charm, and the stories just weren't as exciting. There is no real strategy, so the game lives or dies on how fun it is to tell and hear the stories, and frankly it dies.

My group has played it once and has pretty much set it aside for the forseeable future. I would strongly recommend Once Upon A Time instead of this game.

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