This game instantly intrigued us, as it looked totally different to anything we had previously experienced – and we weren’t disappointed! Stuffed Fables is an Adventure Book Game in which all the action takes place in the unique storybook – a book that acts as your rules reference, story guide, and game board, all in one!
The book opens flat onto the table to reveal a colourful map or other illustration integral to playing the game, showing the choices, story, and special rules on the opposite page; each adventure goes over several pages. The game is based around a group of stuffed toys who have sworn to protect the little girl that loves them from a scheming, evil mastermind – players take on the role of stuffies – the stuffed animals which belong to the little girl.. In this action-packed game, players take and roll five colour-coded dice and then have to carry out actions from a wide range as defined by the colour, including melee attacks, to leaping across conveyor belts, or steering a racing wagon down a danger-filled hill.
It’s all exciting stuff – and the black dice holds an added element of danger as they represent minions who can attack the stuffies. When a player is damaged, they lose stuffing from their character. If they lose all their stuffing, they collapse immediately. Dice can be used immediately or kept for later, bringing in a strong element of strategy and a need for forward-thinking.
Stuffed Fables delivers an exciting narrative adventure which is driven by player choices. Players explore a world of wonder and danger, unlocking unique discoveries as they interact with the story. The game is recommended for age 7+, although we felt that perhaps players as young as this may not have the patience and endurance for what can turn out to be a lengthy game – be warned, you do need to set aside an hour to an hour and a half. It is suitable for 2 to 4 players. There are lots of parts and they are all very made and satisfying to use: 23 finely detailed miniatures (I am very tempted to get my paints out and paint these!); 35 multicolored dice and 1 dice bag; 6 unique character cards; the large 100+ page storybook; a sideboard; 29 lost, 10 sleep, 47 item and 40 discovery cards, plus counters. The storybook is excellently produced, with superb colour photos.
Stuffed Fables is a good family game, inspiring a sense of wonder and revisiting key events linked with childhood. A fascinating game, full of surprises and one that plays out very differently every time. We were sent the game to enjoy as part of our membership of the Board Game Blogger Club.