While sitting around waiting for other games to wrap up, I proposed to my colleagues Kristin and Ben that we give Daniel's new little robot story game a try. I looked up the rules on my phone, found them, pulled out some fudge dice, and went to it:
Happy Birthday, Robot!
K: ++ --- +-
There was a robot, but he was rusty.
B: +- - +
So, for his birthday, he cried oil tears.
M: --- +-
Robot ran faster than ever before.
K: +- ++ ++
He ran home and found rust-removal spray.
B: ++  +-
Robot took a rust removal shower and scrubbed himself shiny.
M: +-- +--
Robot felt better than ever, so he baked his favorite cake.
K: + ++- ++
Robot put candles on his cake and lit them.
B: ++- ++
Robot looked and closed his eyes, but his cake moved.
M: +-- --
Robot screamed and his cake jumped, screaming "don't eat me!"
K:  +- 
Robot was confused, but agreed, and they sat and talked and laughed.
K: (12 coins)
Robot was going to wish for more friends before the cake came alive.
B: (5 coins)
Now, he didn't have to.
M: (5 coins)
And Robot never cried again.
A couple of things that I noticed: we were very willing to share heads-up coins with each other to allow the storyteller to fit the number of words into the sentence they had in mind. Also, we only had one point where someone got more than four plusses or minuses, and she only had two coins at the time, so we only got one round with free words ("his" and "cake"), but that seemed to work out okay. Overall, super fast and fun and cute!
We played another game of HBR! shortly thereafter, with Anna Kreider, but that is a story for another day.