Play SongSaga like a pro

Pre Game

  • Make sure all players can access your music library/app
  • Hook your speakers up so everyone can hear
  • Get everybody to pinky promise to honor the SongSaga NDA (below)
  • Prepare ample liquid (and/or other) refreshment
  • Turn it up to eleven

The SongSaga NDA

All players must repeat the following oath and pinky promise to uphold it:

“I ______, do solemnly swear that what happens on tour, stays on tour.”

The SongSaga Non-Disclosure Agreement:
All players agree that any and all stories, anecdotes, or personal details shared over the course of play shall be treated confidentially and may not be disclosed to outside parties. Unless it’s just too good to not share, but even then, the really embarrassing and/or personal stuff should probably be kept just between yourselves.

Basic Play

  • Pull a card
  • Think of a song and memory sparked by the card
  • Share the story of the memory
  • Then play the song
  • Next player can use the same card or pull another
  • Repeat

Optional Rules

Asking for help to remember a band or name of a song is allowed.

There are no wrong answers, songs, or stories. Mostly.

Dance Bonus – If everyone jumps up and starts dancing to your song you get an Invisible Dance Bonus Card. There are an unlimited number of Invisible Dance Bonus Cards included free in every SongSaga deck.

Double Down – If everyone is dancing to your song you can opt to play another and keep the vibe alive. But if you kill the buzz, you lose your next turn.

Double Veto – If two or more people call for a veto they can stop a song or stop a story at any time.

Penalty Wah-Wah – If you play the wrong song, you can ask for help to find the right one, but if you don’t find it fast, two or more players can agree to serve you with an Invisible Penalty Wah-Wah Card. There are an unlimited number of Invisible Penalty Wah-Wah Cards included free in every SongSaga deck.

Good Guess – If you can guess the song someone is about to play before they play it based on their story, they have to get you a drink.

BS Rule – If you can’t think of a true story, you can make one up. If nobody calls BS then you can a) let it slide, or b) tell them it was all BS and get an Invisible BS Card. If someone does call bullshit, then you get an Invisible (unsuccessful) BS Card and you lose a point. There are an unlimited number of Invisible BS Cards included free in every SongSaga deck.

If you want to hand out cards ahead of time so people have more time to think of their song and story, we’re totally OK with it.

The “Get a Point for any Reason” Rule. The name of the rule pretty much explains it. Sometimes someone just deserves a point. Could be for amazing singing, making delicious cocktails, playing some kick-ass air guitar, or something else awesome. Be generous.

If you come up with an awesome new rule you think everyone should know about, let us know.

Rock-On Awards!

When all players agree the game is over, each person draws one or more gold cards and awards them to the most deserving player.

The person with the most award cards “wins” the game, which is ridiculous, because by then you will have realised that you’re all winners.

But if you want to add “SongSaga Champ” to your social media profile, we’re fans of the idea.

Chill Version

Shuffle the SongSaga™ cards.

Whoever has the most rock n’ roll hair goes first.

Player One draws a green card from the deck and uses that card to share a story and a song.

Note: If you have friends who talk a lot or tell boring stories you may want to agree on a time limit and use a timer.

Every subsequent player shares a story and song based on Player One’s card. While a song is playing the next player should browse the library to tee up their song and think about their story.

After everyone has shared a story and song, Player Two draws a card and the cycle repeats.

Note: Some cards are specifically for the Points Version of play (see below). If you’re playing the Chill Version and you draw one of the Points Version cards (you’ll know it when you do) just put it back in the box and draw another one.

Points Version

Same Pre-Game set up as above applies.

Shuffle the SongSaga™ cards.

The person with the worst tattoo or coolest scar deals and goes first.

Each player gets 5 SongSaga Cards and 2 Award Cards

The Award Cards don’t get played until the end of the game, but each player should be thinking about who is most deserving over the course of play.

Have pen and paper handy to keep track of any Invisible Cards (see optional rules above) that appear.

Player One throws down a SongSaga card from their hand and shares a story and song inspired by that card.

After they have finished their story, and started their song, they draw a new SongSaga card.

Note: If you have friends who talk a lot or tell boring stories you may want to agree on a time limit and use a timer.

While a song is playing the next player should browse the library to tee up their song and think about their story.

Every subsequent player throws down a new SongSaga card and shares a story and song.

This can go on for hours.

Before you pass out and the game ends, make sure to hold a “Rock-On” Awards ceremony. This is where everyone gets to hand out their gold award cards to the most deserving players.

Scoring
You win one point for every:

  • Dance Bonus Card
  • Award Card
  • Successful BS Card
  • Any other reason someone deserves a point. We call it the “Get a Point for any Reason Rule.” See above.

You lose one point for every:

  • Penalty Wah-Wah Card
  • Unsuccessful BS Card

At the end of the game, after the “Rock-On” Awards ceremony has been held…

  • Add up all your Award Cards.
  • Add up any Invisible Dance Bonus cards points.
  • Add up any “Get a Point for any Reason” points won.
  • Subtract any Invisible Penalty Wah-Wah cards points.
  • Add or subtract any Invisible BS Rule cards points.

Whoever has the most points wins.

That said, it’s not about winning, it’s about connecting and having fun.

Play It Your Way

You’ve got the tunes. You’ve got the stories. And you’ve got the cards. So do what you want and have fun. We love you.