What is a Pitch?"

A Pitch is a short, one to two minute story, which includes a Character who faces a Challenge or problem. The story improves when you add a Friend or Foe, a Setting, and a Prop. A Pitch? is lively and entertaining when you act it out, using facial expressions, gestures, and different voices. People use a Pitch to present new ideas for movie and TV projects in Hollywood, theater plays and musicals, and books. They also use a Pitch in business to present new ideas. It is also used as a verb, as in "I plan to pitch my idea to the movie producer."

What's the difference between playing as individuals or teams?

You can play PITCH-A-STORY! as teams playing other teams, or as individuals playing each other. It's your choice.

Just as the characters in TV programs, movies and theater are played by two or more actors, we have found that playing PITCH-A-STORY! in teams of two, three or four people against other teams adds a whole new dimension of fun. You get more ideas going into each story. Playing as teams brings out the best in everyone. Team play works well in all settings, in classrooms, and with friends and family. You can play with as few as four people, playing as two teams of two, or as many as twenty-four, playing as six teams of four.

PITCH-A-STORY! works well when you play as individuals too, which is how most board games are played. You get to exercise your creative talents in groups from two to six players.

What if I don't understand what it says on the playing cards?

You don't have to understand all the names and words, which appear as Characters, Challenges, Settings, Friends or Foes, and Props.

We encourage you to look them up in the dictionary. However, as you've probably figured out, we invented many of these names and words, so you won't find a meaning for them anywhere.

When you create stories, you can make up your own creatures, machines and places. So, just as we do, we encourage you to make up your own meaning, because that's how creativity works!

In fact, language, like all living things, is constantly changing with newly invented words. Each year, the companies which publish dictionaries, add many new words. Television, hip-hop, and antibiotics are some examples.

How do you keep the game fair when your fellow competitors are reviewing your stories for points?

As in real life, playing PITCH-A-STORY! requires a good dose of fair play. If players decide to mark down their fellow players for competitive reasons, as they say, what goes around comes around, and pretty soon everyone is out to torpedo each other. That's why we encourage players to share their comments when they review players' stories. If you gave them only one star, justify it. Likewise, if you think the story didn't accomplish any of the goals for being a good story, but give the player four stars to be kind, how will they learn to become a better storyteller?

We lost the directions to the game. How do we get a new copy?

As a service, you can download the directions from this web site. Just click "Replacement Parts" in the left hand row of buttons. You'll find a ready-to-print PDF of the directions as well as other printed items from the game, including Quick Start Directions, Tips on Reviewing a Story, and the PITCH-A-STORY! scorecard.