True Story: Drink to the Journey

 Game: True Story Age: Any age (21+ if alcohol involved)
 Publisher: JayCrow Games Players: Many
 Time: 20 minutes Replayability: 9/10

true storyTrue Story: Drink to the Journey

Drinking games are a dime a dozen and the few I have played were really great. What is nice about these games is anyone can play them–they don’t always need alcohol involved. True Story does something many others don’t tangle with, story telling. Which is funny because it just so happens that we had this game shipped to us while our group was adopting a new favorite genre of gaming, storytelling. It just so happens that our most recent game night consisted of Gloom, Bucket of Doom, Blade and Brush, and True Story–so we couldn’t have asked for a better time to try it out.

True Story is a story telling drinking game about of fibs and truths. The gameplay is very simple. Pick up a card, read the promt on the card, and tell a story involving the prompt. The trick is, the rest of your group has to guess whether the story told is true or false. For every player who wrongly identified if the story is true or not has to take a drink. If the majority of players guess correctly about the story, the storyteller needs to take two drinks, if at least half of the group guesses incorrectly, keep the card. The first player to collect three cards wins!

My Experience

We had a pretty solid group of five players when we gave this game a go. I went first (because game night was hosted at my house) and pulled the animal card. So I told this very elaborate story of a pug I once owned. The story sounded more or less like this:

We rescued him from the streets and he had no collar. We assumed this was an older dog because the hair around his mouth was graying a bit. A few years down the road we lost him, but he was definitely a huge element to our home while we had him.

After my story, every took turns guessing is my story was true or not. In the end of the story,  three of the four players guessed the story was true. Little did they know, I never owned a pug. After they all took their drink I placed my prompt by my side, I was now two cards away from winning. The game progressed and we were very eager to see what prompts existed, we were excited to see wild cards thrown into the mix. This gave us an opportunity to just say whatever we felt like (and also felt added a lot of replay value to the game). I ended up losing to one of our players who (after extending the game to five cards to win) won with a great elaborate story of how he found out he was allergic to avocado, which he isn’t, and the entire story was false.

Final Thoughts

True Story not only offers a huge variety of fun with friends, it promotes critical thinking and interaction with the group. This game is printed like a standard deck of cards and offers a unique prompt per card. I feel the replay value is high because this game will never lose it’s touch when you introduce new players to the game. Unlike most party games, this game won’t be recycling the same answers because each story will more or less be unique. It’s not hard to learn and the rules are printed on the back of the box and clearly states how to play and win. I would highly recommend this title to those looking for a good party game and those looking for a good drinking game. Even if you need a game with your family, who needs drinks when you can just tell stories and have a good time.

You will like the game if you’re a fan of story telling, voting, and adult party gaming.

You will not like this game if you feel you’re not that creative at stories.


Joseph Nicholas

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Indietabletop. Communication major. Favorite mechanics include: Bluffing and Deduction, modular boards, and action point allowance. Favorite video game genres are Rpgs, Puzzles games, and Sim/Tycoons.

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