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This is Not a Card Game


Ewen Cluney

This is Not a Card Game, 2017

120 playing cards in a tuck box

2.5” x 3.5” x 1 5/8”

Party games too often become “humor legos” that attempt to derive laughs from violating taboos to no particular purpose. This is Not a Card Game deconstructs the genre by way of surrealist creativity games and automatism, provoking players to write, doodle, and otherwise engage in activities that bring the unconscious mind to the fore. While it is not in fact a card game in any traditional sense, it is a series of creative exercises presented in card form, capable of providing amusement and perhaps even provoking laughter.

The game consists of 120 cards (30 Query Cards, 88 Answer Cards, and 2 rules cards) in a tuck box. In order to play, you will also need a two-minute timer of some sort, some blank paper, and something to write with. We recommend a sand timer, letter sized paper cut in half, and pencils, but you can make your own decisions.

This is Not a Card Game has not won an Origins Award or ENnie, and has raised $0 on Kickstarter.

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This title was added to our catalog on June 03, 2017.
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