Just like last month and Stuffed Fables, When I Dream is a game I had never heard of before but the box looked very interesting. I got quite excited while setting it up too, as the actual board game and bed are very cute.
After you have set up the board game, each player gets handed a character at random. There are Sandman, Fairy, Boogeyman etc. While they don’t really effect your game play, they do affect the scoring and since this is how you win – its very interesting seeing who gets what!
To begin play, someone places the eye mask on – according to the rules, the oldest player (probably because they need the most sleep!)
Once the eyemask is on, players take it in turns to describe the picture on the card on top of the deck (on top of the bed). They can only use one word and as soon as they have said the word, play passes to the next player for their word and so on. At any point, the player with the eyemask can stop the clues and take a guess but they only get one guess. If they are correct, the card is placed on the right of the bed, if they are wrong it’s placed on the left. Then guessing begins for the next card at the top, again until the player with the eye mask guesses. The player with the eyemask only has 2 minutes (with the included timer) to guess as many cards as they can. Once they have done that, still with the mask on – they have to try and recall all of the cards they have previously guesses but in the form of a story/dream.
Once this is done, scoring happens and as I mentioned before, each character has a different scoring ability. For example some gain points for how well the masked player did, while others benefit from them doing badly. Once scoring is done, play passes to the next player and the same thing happens again for another 2 minutes.
Once everyone has taken a turn and each round has been scored, that’s game over and the player with the highest score wins. You could technically play as many rounds as you liked before declaring a winner, although if you do it after one turn each, it just means you could start over again for the next few rounds so more people have a chance of winning – it’s totally up to you.
This game has a really interesting design and is very family friendly as you can gear your clues to the person who is guessing. It’s quite tricky at times to come up with a one word clue and it does create a few giggles but we definitely enjoyed it. If you enjoy games like Dixit then you’ll probably enjoy this too!