Divorce, the card game, up on Kickstarter

By Polar_Bear
In Card Games
Sep 9th, 2014
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Anyo is running a Kickstarter campaign for Divorce, their new card game about… well… the name’s sort of self-explanatory isn’t it?

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From the campaign:

Divorce! The Game takes all the fun of getting divorced and turns it into an easy-to-play two player card game. The deck represents your marital assets, and players take turns drawing two cards, keeping one for themselves and giving the other to their ex. This simple mechanic mimics a zanier version of divorce mediation and leads to some tense decisions. Do you take an item that you want? — or do you prevent your ex from getting something they cherish? As you fight for your house and your kids, you’ll have to play dirty: use lawyers to steal back items, hide assets offshore, plant incriminating evidence on your opponent, or buy bribes to get the edge.

“There’s something about getting divorced that really brings out the worst in people,” creator Andrew Yoon said. “No matter who you play against, the game is designed so that you’ll screw someone over.”

“Divorce is all about paying for your mistakes, and every turn in the game, we try and give you a chance to make one,” added David Beck, producer of the game.

Divorce! The Game made its debut at PAX Prime, a gaming convention in Seattle, to rave reviews:

“A darkly hilarious, vaguely offensive game with a satirical premise and laugh-a-minute-atmosphere” – The Escapist
“Witty, playfully vindictive” – Robert Ward
“Makes Cards Against Humanity seem fit for Sunday school” – some dude on BGG

Divorce! The Game was recently selected as an official Staff Pick by Kickstarter. Pre-orders of the game are expected to be delivered in January 2015.

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  • blkdymnd

    Wow… that’s all I got

    • Myrthe

      That’s more than I’ve got …

  • thetang22

    “Takes everything you love about getting divorced and turns it into a game”…..

    blkdymnd – I’m with you on this one.

  • estrus

    I wish my divorce could have been this zany. /sadface

  • lochmoigh

    As someone going through a divorce this seems…. tacky. Draw two cards and keep something you cherish or deny you ex something they cherish. Nice.

  • Soulfinger

    KS staff pick . . . and it funded. Nice to see that they’ve included children as asset cards. I’m sure my wife, nieces and nephews, and all of the other children of divorce I know who struggle to cope even into their adult lives would be thrilled by the zaniness. I can’t wait for their wacky take on sitting bedside with a dying relative.

  • grimbergen

    Maybe it’s the fact that I’m glad my parents divorced due to all the strife my father caused and all of us were better off after it, but I don’t see how this is any more tasteless than the many other games mentioned here glorifying war and slaughter which don’t the same unanimous disdain.

    • Soulfinger

      It probably isn’t, depending on perspective. I’ve never experienced war, so being insulated, I can play pew-pew space men with relative security (though I do contemplate it more as I age and deem ‘appropriateness’ for my own kids). I don’t think that I’m the type of person who’d play a wargame after killing someone on the battlefield though. I imagine that it would shift my perspective.

      On the other hand, the divorces I’ve witnessed have involved deaths, murders, children attempting suicide, violence, developing mental disorders, and so on. There are the minority of people I know who things worked out fine for, even plenty who were forged into even better people through a few years of abject suffering and hell, and the ‘divorce’ in every case was merely the pinnacle of a greater drama, not its wellspring.

      I guess it is the “wackiness” that gives this a Walmart-level of tasteless, which is to say it is totally at home on a shelf there with games about implied date rape or Twilight or whatever. That, and the ‘hurt your spouse at all costs’ mentality it engenders. That caters to people I know who have a mindset that is totally alien to me. Honestly, I’d probably start crying if I played this game with all of the stuff that I’d remember happening to friends and relatives of mine.