Standard 54-card deck. Red is loving. Black is dark. Shuffle face cards into their own deck -- the characters. (Other cards are events.) Turn two cards up: First, the head of the family. Second, their child. Deal each player three event cards. Tell the story of the family -- an oil dynasty, fantasy kingdom, your suburban neighbors, whatever -- as follows: On your turn, play a card from your hand to a family member, as long as it's at least as high as the highest event card already present there. If red, describe a loving event involving that character and another. If black, a dark one. Say why. Higher numbers means higher stakes. Play an Ace to kill any character. Play a Joker to discard all event cards from any character. Shuffle the Joker back in. Play again. If you can't play, expose a new character, if any remain. Narrate their connection (dark or loving) to the family, then draw three event cards. For events, a change of color may mean upheaval. A change of suit in the same color may be a change in direction. Play until events run out. Did dark characters meet dark ends? Did loving characters remain so?
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