TALES OF ARABIA
by Frederic Moll
Here is another way to use the cards described in the ARABIA
game.... It will be "ARABIA : the story-telling game"...
The original idea came when i first played "Once upon a time"
game... Thus it use the OUAT system with arabian twists...
Material required :
- Cards from the ARABIA game
- Endings cards (similar to the OUAT ending cards but with
- More cards (locations, characters, etc....)
Goal of the game :
Being about to tell and finish stories... The longer the story, the
more victory points will be earned...
Game setup :
Give to each player 4 ending cards. Shuffle the remaining
ending cards with the ARABIA cards and then deal 7 cards to each
One of the player will begin to tell a story and put down a card
when the card/word is said...
Game system (borrowed from OUAT game):
Every time a word on a card is said, the card will be put down
on the right of the last card. If during his play, the teller says a
word that is on a card of another player hand, it will be an
interruption. The interruption put his card down and must continue
Beginning a sub-story :
As most arabian stories have sub-stories, when a
character/human/intelligent being is placed down, it is possible to
begin a sub-story...
Example : when Alex played the "Old man on the sea", he
decides to start a sub story that will be told by this old man... The
sub story cards will be placed in a row under the originating card...
To conclude the sub-story , and thus continue the original
storyline, at least 4 cards must be placed before being able to put
an ending card...
As in arabian tales, it is possible to have a sub-story told during
When the sub story is ended, the "ending" player take all the
cards composing the sub story in front of him in his victory pile.
Picking additional cards :
When a player is interrupted, he must pick a card from the
deck of unused card.
If a player try to place an ending card that is not viewed as a
good ending to the story by the other players, he must pick 3
Finishing the game :
The game is finished when a player has laid down all his story
cards and place the final ending to the main storyline.
Determining the winner :
Being the finishing player of the main story : 2 points
For each sub-story/story finished : 1 point + (number of story
cards played in the story minus 3)...
Example : Alex was able to finished 2 sub stories (8 cards long
and 6 cards long)... Thus alex will earn :
1 point + 5 points (8 - 3) for the 8 cards long story
1 point + 3 points (6 - 3) for the 6 cards long story