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For people who like imagining ridiculous situations, solving improbable problems and talking crap with friends.
For people who like imagining ridiculous situations, solving improbable problems and talking crap with friends.
408 backers pledged £10,263 to help bring this project to life.
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The Shame of Life: A card game of weird conversations

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Every moment of every day, someone somewhere is second guessing what they’re about to say. Worrying it’s too weird, too dumb, too dark, or any of a thousand things that will shame us into silence... We deserve a break.

The Shame of Life encourages players to lose their inhibitions using a series of well-crafted questions in a mix of absurd themes that create a safe space for all your weird. 

In order to create great conversations a game's rules have to be minimal. As Archimedes always said, “Less time learning, more time debating d*cks for hands or hands for d*cks.”
In order to create great conversations a game's rules have to be minimal. As Archimedes always said, “Less time learning, more time debating d*cks for hands or hands for d*cks.”

 In the core game pack there will be three game modes to choose from ('Battle!', 'Spotlight!' and 'Revolution!')

So, no matter if you prefer unstructured debate, everyone taking their turn to make a point or even putting all the pressure on just one person, there's a game mode that will work best for your group.

If you want even more freedom, the game has been built so players will easily be able to create their own rules & game modes. In short, this is a game built to grow and evolve. In purchasing one of the rewards listed below, you will become a key ingredient to that evolution.  

Unlimited availability
Unlimited availability
Unlimited availability. Choose the 'Create!' reward to get your idea into this X-rated expansion pack.
Unlimited availability. Choose the 'Create!' reward to get your idea into this X-rated expansion pack.
Limited availability: 200 backers
Limited availability: 200 backers
Limited availability: 30 backers
Limited availability: 30 backers
Limited availability: 10 backers
Limited availability: 10 backers

The game was created by Gareth Breeze (5th place in 6th grade backstroke and Facebook ‘Top Fan’ of Ghostbusters).  

 An inventor/writer/designer, Gareth's worked tirelessly over the last twelve months to create The Shame of Life. In doing so he's been able to keep the fundraising target down, by doing a lot of the expensive stuff 'in-house' (website, graphic design, video, etc). The only reason the manufacturing can't be done in-house is that the massive printers would scare his cats.

"So, if you like weird conversations, independent businesses and not scaring cats, please back this Kickstarter and together we can give the whole world The Shame of Life."

- Gareth Breeze

The Shame of Life started in May 2018, when I asked friends one weird little question… ‘How could your grandad be your grandad twice?’  

The question that started it all.
The question that started it all.

Watching good people race to answer an awful question was strangely entertaining. I laughed so hard I almost burst. I wanted more. So, I wrote the first batch of questions to get my friends and colleagues to use their wits in dark, bizarre and dumb subjects.

The first batch of testing cards
The first batch of testing cards

When I began testing this first batch, the more math-like questions (i.e. ‘double grandad’) weren’t everyone’s favourite (most people don’t like calculating, who knew?), but so many other question ideas were a hit. 

After months and months of writing, testing and rewriting, I created The Shame Trust, a group of 50+ people, and had them complete surveys on what questions they thought would bring the funniest conversations. 

Sorry, computer. Data analysis on subjects rarely found in a spreadsheet.
Sorry, computer. Data analysis on subjects rarely found in a spreadsheet.

Then, after the weirdest quantitative analysis ever, I found a solid basis of what made great question cards. The game was ready. 

That time when I thought it'd be a good idea to manually cut out 50 sample decks (30 cards per deck) for members of The Shame Trust.
That time when I thought it'd be a good idea to manually cut out 50 sample decks (30 cards per deck) for members of The Shame Trust.

We launched our website and social media in January. Within a couple of days we had 100s of followers, by a couple of weeks, we had thousands of hilarious fans engaging with the game online. We knew that with these fans and the Kickstarter community, we could create something incredible together.  

It's not often do you get to feel like a model and Borrower at the same time.
It's not often do you get to feel like a model and Borrower at the same time.

Our gameplay relies upon the minds of our players, and our business is no different. We need your help to shape the future of this game. 

So, if you like thinking of ridiculous situations, solving improbable problems and talking crap with friends, please, back our Kickstarter, and together we can give the whole world The Shame of Life. 

Gareth 

Creator - The Shame of Life

Risks and challenges

You’d be forgiven to think that creating a game that asks you things like, ‘What’s the most inappropriate movie to remake as a porno?’ wouldn’t involve much commercial research, but you’d be wrong!

From selecting manufacturers, to calculating import duties, researching global freight, sourcing international fulfilment and understanding localised sales taxes, so much time has been spent on planning these next few months. All so we can deliver a great quality product, at a fair price within timescale.

We’re so excited about the future of The Shame of Life, and we’ve done everything we can to make sure that the first step in that future will be taken as quickly as possible.

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    Pledge £15 or more About US$ 19

    Start!

    The core game: 100 cards and instructions for 3 game modes nested inside a beautiful box of shame.

    FREE SHIPPING to USA, UK & Canada.

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    • The Shame of Life card game
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    Pledge £25 or more About US$ 32

    Expand!

    Everything from our 'Start!' reward AND…‘Vol II: Return of the Shame’ - An even more NSFW expansion pack we're going to write collaboratively with the backers of the ‘Create!’ reward.

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    Sign!

    Everything from our 'Expand!' reward, signed with a personal message from our creator written on the inside and a unique game card about you added to your game box.

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    • Return of the Shame signed by Gareth
    • The Shame of Life signed by Gareth
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    Pledge £75 or more About US$ 94

    Create!

    Everything from ‘Sign!’ AND you get to collaborate with us on a card idea, which will get used and credited in our ‘Vol II: Return of the Shame’ expansion pack.

    FREE SHIPPING to USA, UK & Canada.

    Includes:
    • The Shame of Life signed by Gareth
    • Collab on a card idea for Return of The Shame
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    Pledge £250 or more About US$ 313

    Collect!

    Everything from the ‘Sign!’ reward ALONG WITH a personally created, one of a kind, expansion pack written by our creator to a theme of your choosing, plus a signed and framed question card from the very first testing session.

    FREE SHIPPING to USA, UK & Canada.

    Includes:
    • Custom themed expansion pack
    • A one-off game card written about you
    • The Shame of Life signed by Gareth
    • Framed 1st prototype game card
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