Who Needs Humanity? Monstrocards Is The Next Great Party Card Game: Our Report From The Fantastic Arcade Demo

By Alex Riviello , Updated Sep 29, 2014 11:02 AM EDT
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At Fantastic Arcade last week George Royer and Jo Lammert of White Whale Games came by to demo their card game Monstrocards, which is currently being funded through Kickstarter.

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Royer was fresh off interviewing Tim Schafer from the day before, surely fulfilling some sort of life-long dream from the developer. He and Lammer are the folks behind White Whale Games, a studio well-known known for God of Blades, a fun and fast-paced action game I would love just for encouraging people to go to read (you can unlock an in-game sword just by checking into your local library). This, however, is a completely different style of game, and not only because it's a physical game. Thankfully both of them have a great rapport, something you need when discussing a party game,

Any gamer who has “normals” for friends know that party games are the best gateway drug there can be. You’ll never, ever be able to convince your non-gamer acquaintances to pick up Dragon Age or The Evil Within, but Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity? Who doesn’t love to play those games? No one you’d want to be friends with, that’s who.

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Dixit, Werewolf, Wits & Wagers, Eat Poop You Cat - there are tons of party games around, but everyone knows that the absolute best ones lead to huge arguments between your friends.

Monstrocards looks to be the next. Like the best party games the concept is simple and easily explained. The game uses just two decks of cards, one with descriptions and one with objects. You pick one card from each of the two decks and combine them to create a prompt that has to be drawn, picking a whole bunch of these before everyone gets to work. Some of the prompts created on stage at this event? Unemployed Robot, Muscular Baby, and Award-Winning Soup. You can immediately see how fun (and ridiculous) things can get.

The crowd, comprised of a lot of indie game developers itself, got right into the action. After drawing these prompts, you’ll have to make them fight. This is the genius of the game, because even if you're not a good artist you can defend your creation using your words. Who wins in a battle of Unemployed Robot vs Muscular Baby? What tricks does that supernaturally strong baby have up its sleeves? What happens when someone’s Soup gets in on the mix? You'll have to describe the ways the battle will go down, and how your card will trump all others.

Even just watching the game being played was incredibly entertaining, and the audience decided the victors of the game through cheers and applause. This was early in the morning when most of the crowd was no doubt hungover from the festivities from the night before, as well. You can only imagine how well this will work with drinks and a great of close, creative friends.

Best of all? They’ve already made their modest goal of $10,000 on Kickstarter, and the game is going to be created. As of this writing you still have four days to get in on it for yourself, get some backer goodies, and help these guys make the best game they can.

For more on Monstrocards check out their official site here.

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