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Tabletop Editorial: Cards “For” Humanity?

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Cards Against Humanity (CAH) has quickly gone from a little-known indie game to a worldwide phenomenon in a few short years. It’s a vulgar card game, meant to combine horrible things with horrible ideas. The company behind the game has done little to hide their image as the rudest game developers around. They’ve even gone as far and to stage several public stunts to enhance this image. For Black Friday, 2014 CAH sold on their site the $6.00 Bullshit Expansion. Inside the box however was not more cards to add to your game, but something far stinkier: literal bullshit, like from a bull’s butt. In the mail 30,000 people got a small box containing a good portion of poop. There wasn’t anything else. No secret cards, no message, no nothing…except poop. In 2015 CAH came back with another Black Friday “sale.” This time the asking price was $5.00 (a discount!), but instead of getting anything nearly as exciting as poo, people got jack all. The site clearly stated that your $5.00 wouldn’t get you anything. You were just giving it to the company. They made over $71,000 doing this. What assholes. However, they are lovable assholes. Cards Against Humanity has been known to sponsor some great charity work. They’ve donated to organizations like Worldbuilders, Donorschoose.org, and the Chicago Design Museum.

The people at Cards Against Humanity are ironically pretty active humanitarians. And the money they got from selling shit? It all went to Heifer International, an organization that brings cows and other livestock to villages around the world that are in need. The money they got for absolutely nothing? Well, they kept all that. No one is perfect, but doing something like setting up a $500,000 scholarship for women looking to get into science deserves a little windfall…especially after what they’ve continued to do.

Most recently, the CAH folks wanted to do something nice for the factory workers in China who print and assemble their product. The workers have had to deal with the substantial growth just as much as the rest of the company. Cards Against Humanity wanted to give them something that they all desperately needed: a paid vacation. In China, paid vacations are pretty rare, and there really wasn’t a formal way of doing it. So CAH did the next best thing; they paid for the factory to run at 100% capacity for a week, while producing nothing. During this time, everyone in the factory received full pay but were able to see their families and spend a little time for themselves over the holidays. Cards Against Humanity loves to look edgy and rude, just like their game. But deep down they’re all wonderful people.

-Jordan Kamm-

Tabletop Editorial: 4th edition DnD

I’ve started keeping a journal for my 4th edition monk and am planning to start posting the entries here. Feel free to read and give me your thoughts. Thanks guys!

They say that Hell is being surrounded by people worse then you. That’s what this place is. Hell. Between the egotistical moron who’s saved my life on one hand but runs forward without concern from himself, and the gibbering idiot who flips between three different voices I feel like I’m being punished. Punished for what though? Upon first meeting these two I knew that there was something squirrely about them both. The egotistical one (later found out to be named Javrim) decided to move forward without asking. The damn fool tripped over some wire and was immediately filled with arrows. I don’t know what he does for a profession, but he’s clearly not cut out for much more than a meat shield. As for the man with 3 names (Jesse James Giovanni, odder names have never been heard), his ramblings and sheer luck are prone to make me question my own sanity.

As we continued down the corridor, we found several more traps including a snake drop from the ceiling and a pit that included a chest with a map inside. From the ceiling where the snakes were, JJG managed to acquire several pieces of crystal that looked like they may fit together, as well as some random loot. I have no idea where he intends to store it, especially since we all woke up in meager rags.

The map turned out to be a key for a puzzle that was further ahead. The floor was covered in glyphs that were illegible. Of course, the meat shield ran forward at his own reckless pace, eventually being shot and gassed before getting across. I myself was also gassed with a potent toxin. The insane one managed to cure my toxin. I’m still not sure what to think of him, though I trust him while he is useful. The meat shield is as trustworthy as I can throw him for the moment.

imagesFurther down the hall we came across a skull lord blocking the door and the route to what we assume to be our escape. We all three were battered and beaten, but due to my superb sense of timing and my skills, I managed to single-handed save the day by destroying the Skull Lords staff that was summoning pathetic minions of undeath. I collected the staff as a boon for my efforts while the others fought over the bits and ends. Amongst the debris I happened to find a skull headed key, clearly designed for door that the Skull Lord had been guarding. I listened as the other two squabbled over whose idea was the best for opening the door while I stood smugly with the answer between my fingers. Suddenly, the madman threw a dagger (where’d he get that?) into the lock from ten feet away with such a force that the door itself opened. I stoop mouth a gap as I watched a magical doorway open to reveal the path out.

We continued down the new corridor, my mind in shock knowing what I just witnessed could not have happened. The meat shield ran ahead as usual leaving me behind with the madman (I’m not sure if he’s just a gibbering idiot anymore). We heard the screams, though indiscernible over a light continuous roar. As the madman and I approached the mouth of the tunnel, we saw meat shield and a strange elf on some pillars above a pit of lava. The elf was locked down so I naturally took it upon myself to get the key to get him down. Flying to the top (Flew? How did I do that anyways? Something to think about later. I just knew I could do it and didn’t question it). As soon as I unlocked him though he immediately swapped places with me. In my panic at the prospect of being locked and killed by this fool before I could exact my revenge I broke the elf’s knees. The meat shield got the idea in his head to destroy the key this time with the rapidly rising magma. I wonder what I would have done to him if he had been wrong and the destroyed key kept me from leaving. Regardless, Meat Shield was right and everything reset, including the elf. We continued forward and came to a fork in the road. While the madman ran to the left side I followed the meat shield to the right. I figured he’d be best to take hits. We came across the elf again who claimed to be a higher power or something. I don’t know. I lost interest and just wanted to hit him for trying to kill me. Meat shield said some words but before I knew it the blathering fool came back in immediately talking about a dragon and mountains of gold. As soon as I heard Dragon I immediately wanted to slay it. The others disagreed, but what do they know. Dragon Meat is a food not for men but for Kings.

-Sean White-

Tabletop Editorial: The Benefits of Tabletop Gaming.

Alright tabletop gaming you know sitting down with your family for a delightful repast of Monopoly, Scrabble, and other old classics. What is the real benefits of it well besides family time.
Big-Bang-Theory-Clue For some people when you get older you don’t really care about those games as it gets kinda “childish” and you don’t want anything to do with them. I for one make excuses up so I don’t have to play. But honestly when it comes down to it there is a lot of fun involved. Lets say for a moment you aren’t the person who goes out binge drinking but instead want to have a good time with your friends.

Breaking out twister provides some good laughs and some awkward positions for everyone to be in. Now a days there is a lot more variety in the tabletop gaming area with My little Pony themed Monopoly. My only wish is that I lived closer to my friends to play with them. As time progresses you forget just how much fun something as simple as a tabletop board game can be.monopoly-my-little-pony

When I am feeling up to it now a days I break out Battleship and then epically lose to my wife because to her I have become predictable. When it is all said and done tabletop gaming can be a great thing and that is not even bringing into question Yu-Gi-Oh! Magic the Gathering or other highly competitive trading card games.

Tabletop gaming can bring people together you can have a good time with friends and avoid potentially injuring yourself in some horrible way unless you are playing giant Jenga. Final thoughts? Time the time get a good tabletop game maybe Risk! Invite your friends over and have a good time let look and just have fun.

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-Daniel Clatworthy-