About this project
Wow! We made our initial goal with a few days to spare! We have a stretch goal that would help us create a tabletop version of the game! If we can reach $4000 by the time the Kickstarter closes, we can produce a mobile and tabletop version of the game! A few extra perks are on their way but for anyone who pledges $50 (or ups their pledge to $50), we will give you a copy of the tabletop game if we reach our stretch goal!
Vilification Tennis is a Minneapolis based comedy troupe that has been performing in the Twin Cities for over 20 years.
We began at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival and as our popularity grew, we expanded to the Minnesota Fringe Festival and monthly performances at the Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis.
Our main comedy structure is an insult tennis match where performers throw insults at each other in an attempt to earn meaningless points. Over the last several years, we have expanded the kinds of comedy structures we perform and we recently added the Vilification Tennis Home Game to our repertoire.
We discovered it was not only great entertainment, it was a ton of fun to play outside our show structure. So much fun, in fact, that we decided we wanted to develop the game for others to play.
The Vilification Tennis Home Game is something of a cross between "Balderdash" and "Apples to Apples." Players take turns being the judge and they challenge other players to write a joke or insult about a topic of their choice.
Once the players have written a joke about the chosen topic, they read them off and the Judge chooses the winner. The winner becomes the new judge and play continues.
For example: Player 1 is the judge and decides the topic will be "Cigarettes"
Player 2 writes "If your girlfriend was a cigarette brand, she'd be Marlboring"
Player 3 writes "Your mom couldn't get a guy's mouth on her if she was a pack of cigarettes in a prison."
Player 4 writes "Cigarettes are stupid. Don't do drugs!"
Player 1 decides they like Player 3's joke the best. Player 3 becomes the new judge and play continues.
Sounds simple? It gets more complicated once players are used to the game. At that point we add "House Rules" that modify the requirements. They can include things like "must include the name of a celebrity" or "response must be delivered in the form of an interpretive dance."
The app in development will allow for party game play run from an iOS device. Our initial goal will help cover the development of a very simple application that will support game play. Stretch goals will allow us to develop an app that will play over a network and possibly a tabletop version of the game.
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