The Spam Game™ is a party card game where players compete to create the most obnoxious, outrageous spam messages. Play it with your friends or bring it to an office party and invite that one manager who emails about every little thing (you know who you are).
How to play
The goal is simple. Get rid of all the Spam Cards in your spam pile and dump them on the other players.
Each round, one player picks and reads a Message Card (*taken from actual spam email*). Then everyone else tries to give it the funniest subject line with one of the Subject Cards in their hand. Whoever picks the best subject gives one of their Spam Cards to another player.
But spammers beware. When someone gets spammed, if they have a Power Card, they can block, forward, or even dump spam on everyone else.
1. Read a message card
2. Pick the funniest subject for the message
3. Spam one of the other players
4. But watch out for a power card (!)
Play until someone empties their spam pile, or until one of the players is so buried in spam that they curl up into a ball and start bleating like a baby goat.
What's the story behind this?
It all started with an email from a sales rep. Subject: Final Attempt.
"I've been trying to contact you for the last couple of weeks," he wrote. Of course, we ignored it.
But that wasn't his final attempt. Another message from the same guy arrived a few days later. Subject: RE: Final Attempt. Then another one arrived. Subject: RE: RE: Final Attempt. Each message was more desperate and pleading. At some point, we realized, "Wow, this is just too good. We've got to share this with everyone."
With this game, we want to take the most crazy, outlandish, and absurd things about spam and put it in a bottle so everyone can enjoy how ridiculous it all is.
In a few ways, it's loosely inspired by the amazing TED talk by comedian James Veitch:
After watching this a few times, it's hard to deny the delights of being a spammer. It's better to send spam than to receive.
You don't want to be baited by the Nigerian Prince. You want to be the Nigerian Prince.
Don't stop when game night ends
When you're not playing the game, there are endless ways to have fun with it. Here are a few of our favorite alternatives:
Spam Hall of Shame. Are some of the Subject Cards uncomfortably close to messages from a certain co-worker or maybe even email you've sent? If so, it's time to set up a Spam Hall of Shame. Display the offending Subject Cards like mug shots in a police station. Put up the most notorious ones on a team whiteboard or in the break room.
Spam Poetry. Spam can be surprisingly beautiful and artful. Pick a set of Subject Cards and arrange them into a poem. Expand on your best creations or turn them into a song.
Spam Auto-Reply. Spice up your email auto-reply. Those dry "out of the office" messages are way too boring. Pick your favorite spam message from one of the Message Cards and use that one for your email auto-reply. Guaranteed to get some fun replies.
Do you have any suggestions for putting spam to work? Let us know and we'll post the best ones here.
Risks and challenges
This is our first Kickstarter campaign, and so we might encounter some unexpected surprises. That said, our team has had extensive experience with founding three prior startups, so it's not our first time at the rodeo.
Overall, the biggest risks and challenges are with getting the game materials and packaging printed and delivered in a timely way, particularly in the middle of the Holiday season. We're sourcing these services from professional and reliable vendors and so it shouldn't be a problem. But you never know for certain. If there are any delays, we promise to be transparent and keep you informed every step of the way.
It's an enormous honor and privilege to have the backing of fellow gamers and so we take the responsibility of delivering to our backers very seriously.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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