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True Story gets players telling stories from their lives, and teaches anyone to be a better storyteller.
True Story gets players telling stories from their lives, and teaches anyone to be a better storyteller.
True Story gets players telling stories from their lives, and teaches anyone to be a better storyteller.
578 backers pledged $22,877 to help bring this project to life.

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HOW THE GAME MAKES YOU A BETTER STORYTELLER (& PERSON)

Is there someone you’ve always admired for their wit and natural storytelling ability?

Storytelling is a life skill, one that leads to all kinds of personal and professional benefits for those who have it. The good news is that anyone can learn to become a storyteller. Like any life skill, it just takes some guidance and practice.

Are you a fan of shows like ours or The Moth and always wished you could tell stories like that?

The True Story Game gradually introduces you to increasingly sophisticated storytelling techniques — like how to use vivid descriptive detail or build suspense. These skills are immediately applicable to life anytime you need to communicate your experiences and passions: on a first date, interviewing for a job, or pitching a new idea.
 
 

JOIN OUR GLOBAL STORYTELLING COMMUNITY

From the creators of the True Story Podcast

For over three years, we’ve published recordings from a global community of living room storytelling parties, on the True Story Podcast and public radio. 

Our storytellers’ voices have been heard in most countries on Earth and downloaded over 4.5 million times.

Every copy of the True Story Game is an invitation to join our global community of story-lovers. This little box incorporates everything we’ve learned from our years hosting True Story events and teaching the art of storytelling to students and professionals. 

Our vision is that the game will inspire people to throw storytelling parties all over the planet. And when you're ready to take the next step and record your stories, we'll be there to publish them on the podcast to listeners around the world.
 

Click to hear stories from the True Story podcast.
Click to hear stories from the True Story podcast.

WHO WE ARE

  • Xandra Clark: actor, radio producer, multimedia performance-maker, formerly of StoryCorps
  • Kevin Townsend: journalist, economist, Brown Fellow at Columbia School of Journalism
  • Daniel Steinbock, PhD: designer, musician, Lecturer in Design at Stanford University
  • Will Rogers: radio producer, poet, Senior Producer at Stanford Storytelling Project
     


 

SHIPPING

We plan to work with Amazon Fulfillment to offer FREE SHIPPING to backers in the U.S. and Canada, and affordable shipping worldwide (no extra charges in the EU).

 
 
HELP US MAKE THIS GAME

We are so proud of what we've created for you and can't wait to get the True Story Game into your hands. Thank you for checking it out and sharing it with the story-lovers in your life.

Will, Daniel, Kevin, Xandra
The True Story team
www.truestorytime.org
www.truestorygame.com

 
 

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Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge for us would be if this campaign is a runaway success and we have to scale up our manufacturing plan dramatically. Even still, we're ready for that. We've designed the game with simplicity in mind and we're working with a reputed game manufacturer to make sure that no matter how many people pledge, everyone gets the True Story game on schedule. This is why we're not offering extra complicated rewards like posters and t-shirts. We're focusing on making a high-quality product. Back our project and we'll send you the game. Simple.

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    THE TRUE STORY GAME

    One copy of the game deck. (Ages 10+)
    FREE U.S. SHIPPING / EU-FRIENDLY

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    THE NSFW EDITION

    One copy of the True Story deck PLUS one copy of the Adult Themes deck: Sex, Drugs, and Rock n' Roll. (Ages 18+)
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    SECRET SOCIETY GRAND COUNCIL

    Access to a secret episode of the True Story Podcast only for the Secret Society Council, PLUS 2 copies of the previous reward (one for you and one to invite a friend into the Secret Society).

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    YOUR TRUE STORY

    We will produce and send you a custom episode of the True Story Podcast featuring a story from your life, as told by you, for you to share as a gift to whomever you'd like, PLUS everything from the previous reward.

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