"The pandemic left us missing intimacy and play. So I created a game that helped us do both. The game is designed to help us connect and reconnect in a time of social atrophy." ~ Esther Perel
Bring Esther Into Your Home
The idea for the game came while Esther was trading stories with her closest friends. She created all of the Prompt and Story Cards based on conversations she's started at dinner parties, in her office, and with friends, family, and colleagues.
A Game of Stories
In this game there are no winners or losers — the game is designed for people to connect around the power of storytelling. As we re-emerge into the world we are all in need of tools to help us reconnect and overcome our shared social anxiety.
Tailor the Game for Your Next Date, Dinner, or Intimate Get Together
Designed for partners, dates, or friends, Where Should We Begin? is many games at once. The rules are tailored to the many situations you might find yourself in, and to different types of groups.
Just as an amazing connection is about sharing, listening, risk, laughter, and discovery, so too is a great game. Let the Prompt Cards guide you and the Story Cards inspire you to share the stories you rarely tell.
Bridget — 5 Stars
It has resulted in us learning more than we could have imagined after being together for over a decade. Love how it is structured for also playing with coworkers and friends.
Emanuela — 5 Stars
From the moment we opened the box, my husband and I began going into completely unexplored areas of our relationship. We laughed and just enjoyed each other's company in a very new way.
Marcy — 4 Stars
I haven't been able to actually play with others but have drawn cards at random to use as prompts for journaling and self-awareness.
There are a number of different versions of the rules so that you can play with lovers, friends, at dinner parties, or for easier gameplay as a beginner.
The full game involves three elements - Prompt Cards, Story Cards, and Tokens.
Here's what a turn might look like:
Each player draws Story Cards and holds them.
Then, the first Storyteller turns over a prompt card.
The Prompt Card is a mood or a direction - what direction will my story go? (for example, Share Something Nobody Knows).
Then, each player puts a Story Card on the table face down. These cards are the first line of your story (for example, My Most Irrational Fear...).
The Storyteller then picks up the cards on the table, shuffles them, and reads them aloud before deciding which one to use to tell their story.
Then, the storyteller tells their story...
The full version of the game is for 2-6 players, and typically takes ~45 minutes.However, there are multiple rule sets that can increase the amount of people playing and decrease or increase the length of the game.
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