Cards Against Humanity
, the open source board game that seems to be popping up everywhere this summer, became one of Kickstarter’s biggest success stories
by reminding people just how fun a game that doesn’t exist solely on a screen can be. In fact, it has helped to spur a full-on party games comeback, with a slew of new titles vying to become the next big hit.
War of Words:
Twitter-based games are not new
, but Rob Delaney’s War of Words
may be the first board game to be born out of the microblogging platform. The social media humorist
, who owns the distinction of having been named the “Funniest Person on Twitter” by Comedy Central viewers
, recently introduced the party game as a way for his more than 840,000 followers to enjoy his jokes in a real-life setting and to compete for laughs by writing their own punch lines. Mad Libs-style cards task players with filling in the blanks of Delaney’s witticisms—a challenge that’s likely more interesting with refreshments
: New party game SUPERFIGHT!
is not the first crowdfunded project from creator Darin Ross
. An Internet personality known as “Lucky Shirt,”
Ross initially parlayed his online fame into Find the Starlight
, an interactive, multimedia storytelling project that earned more than $4,000 in Kickstarter investment dollars earlier this year. SUPERFIGHT!, his second crowdfunding effort, earned nearly $61,000—more than six times his goal—suggesting that it’ll probably play a part in more than a few Labor Day weekends this year. Described by Ross as “Cards Against Humanity
meets Apples to Apples
,” the game is scheduled to ship to backers this month
: Engineer Al Alcorn was a founding father of the gaming industry, having created Pong
in the early ’70s. Marking his return to the category
, along with development partner and fellow Atari vet Roger Hector, is Seriously?!
, a trivia game that pairs physical trading cards with a mobile app. Players scan the cards to receive visual and/or audio clues from an acerbic robohost programmed to both judge responses and maintain a vibrant atmosphere of mirth among participants. Future plans for the game include augmented reality
celebrity guests. It has yet to fulfill its funding goal, which must be met by Sunday. Stay tuned.