Family stories, transcultural game


Why this game?
The Family stories, transcultural game is played with family or friends. It can also be used by proffesionals as a tool in therapeutic treatment, in group sessions, supervision or intervision.  The topics are pride, wisdom, abundance and much more. Every quartet consists of 4 questions. By playing this game you will touch topics you never talked about before. In an easy open atmosphere you can deepen the conversation to a further level and you will discover familyhistory you did not know before. And you will be able to share your own (hi)story and thoughts.   Transcultural stands for the questions being focused on the family history, culture and background.

Game responses  
  •   "I love this game. We played with our daughter as a milestone on the evening of her 21st birthday. As a family ritual, a retrospect and completion as her parents we answered the questions of the game. This created for her the positive possibility to give us her feedback. We were all moved”  
  •  "We devided the game into 2 parts, because it would take a lot of time. We also loved using the cards in getting to know new people better, like in a class: everybody had to take a card and share with the group”  
  •      "I love this game, give it as a present to a friend”   
  • "I found the questions very intriguing! Topics we should all think about, with or without this game"  
  •  "Love the topics, love the illustrations, your mind is really tickled by this game”  
  •  Teacher mental health: ”The questions, but even more the answers triggered a lot of interesting response. Some students learned more about their fellow students then in the 4 years before. We found the game very movingly but also very safe. Beautifull product which we will use often”  
  •  "Heartwarming”   
  • "Positive and inspiring” (really makes you think)     
  • "I put the cards in a pile on the table, eveybody had to take a card in turn and answer it.  The level of Dutch is not always easy,I had to help sometimes. But it was a wonderfull means to talk about (missing) family”      
  • "I played the game with my family. My compliments. It is a fun and trenchant game.  We will play again and I am gonna use it professionaly as a therapist.”  ·     
  •  Trainer: ”The beauty of the game is that it is focussed internally. People will think about themselves and their place in this world and in their family.  I used it in training sessions. By picking a card and answering it people talked about their own history but also dreams and passions in work. The beauty is that everyone has his/her own unique story and knows they are really heard.”  ·      "Thank you for developing this game, you made a lot of people happy”   
  • University: "we played the game in gropups of 4 studnets, every group had to answer a question. They lead to wonderfull conversations and the element of the game really helped.  Students really got to know each other which to us was of great value” 
  •  "The questions are refreshing, inviting and in-depth”     
  •  "We played the family(hi)story game and had lots of fun.It is a very playfull was to give one more insight about the family they come from. It is a very creative game, I am certainly gonna play more with family and friends”       
  •  "My experience is that after playing this game we had to rewrite certain chapters of our family history, it was an eye opener for me” ·      "The game is very attractive to the eye, it arrived in perfect condition”     
  •  " A great game! Interesting questions”  
Judith Limahelu
The Family(hi)story memory game is designed, developed and published by Judith Limahelu. She is a transcultural family therapist, focussed on family history,culture and background of the individual.  She has more than 20 year experience in this field. Childcare, intensive family treatment, Bouman mental health institute and as a family therapist in child and adolescent psychiatry. Early 2015 she started as an independent practitioner. She published in Dutch specialist literature.    

Game rules 
Rules of the game   Could I have WISDOM number 2: "which languages or dialects do you speak? Which one do you prefer?”  If your fellowplayer has the card you asked for he/she will first answer the question and then present you the card.  The active player keeps that turn and can ask another player for a card.If the fellowplayer does not have the card which was asked fort hen the turn goes to the next player on the leftside of the player.  If you collect four cards from a category you announce QUARTET and put the cards on the table in front off you. If all your cards are on the table and none in the hand the game is over for that person.  The game ends if no one has any cards left in their hand. The player with the most quartets is the overall winner.  The Family stories, transcultural game, is played in the authentique way,but every card is made of questions based on the history and culture of your familiy and your family background.If you play in smaller groups or with limited time you can choose to play with less categories.  The cards are divided equally amongst the players, the players take their set in hand so that only they can see the cards in their hand.  Each card is part of a quartet, a quartet consists of 4 cards with the same theme.  One of the players starts and asks a fellow player for a card, you have to own at least one card from that category to ask for the others. You announce the theme of the card and which question (number) you are looking for.