Will the Cyanide & Happiness Card Game Be the Next Exploding Kittens?

Will the Cyanide & Happiness Card Game Be the Next Exploding Kittens?

After the success of their Random Comic Generator, the guys behind Cyanide & Happiness have designed a card game with the same premise: build your own comic strip.

The war of the webcomics is upon us. On the battlefield of Kickstarter, Cyanide & Happiness is seeking to surpass The Oatmeal's record-breaking exploding kittens, and also The Oatmeal's Exploding Kittens card game. C&H's weapon of choice is Joking Hazard, a card game in the vein of Apples to Apples and Cards Against Humanity that has you constructing your own comic strips.

The team from Explosm.net were driven to create the game after the success of their Random Comic Generator, which in turn was inspired by a fan telling them that "making stick figure comics on the internet is easy as hell." So now everyone can do it.

Explosm's webomic has been around since 2005 and oh man I just got the "Joking Hazard" joke! Anyways, they're an internet staple. To say their brand of humor is irreverent is to use a multisyllabic word. It's not for everyone - frequent subjects are sex, death, farts, and violence; more often than not, all four at once. Frankly, it's my kind of funny.

In Joking Hazard - ha! - players take turn being the judge for the round, drawing one card from the deck. They then take a card from their own hand to use as the second panel. Finally, it's up the other players to try and find the funniest possible third panel for their broken, horrible creation.

The question on peoples' minds is, "will this surpass" Explodig Kittens? The Oatmeal's Kickstarter campaign generated more than eight million dollars in pledges. Right now, Kiqtrack is telling us Joking Hazard is heading for the five million dollars mark, though we can't predict the last few days of the campaign, which are often the most crucial for revenue.

I just spent a lot of time I should have spent working just clicking mindlessly on that "Generate New Comic" button, so I am forced to suppose this is a game I will probably enjoy. What about the Escapists out there?

Source: Kickstarter

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So it's basically a game of Cards Against Humanity were every round is a Haiku round?

I've heard far worse ideas and I do love me some Cyanide and Happiness, hope it does well :D

I contributed. This makes it my 4th KS.

Fun fact: they reached their initial goal sum in about half an hour. By 24 hours they'd reached that goal 32-fold. Right now they're sitting at about 850,000 dollars. That's 8500% of their initial goal, and the kickstarter's only been up for a few days. After adding stretch goals, they added community achievements for the fans to accomplish like "Tweet Donald Trump your favorite comic", and they seem to have reached a sizable number of those as well. The amount of support this project is getting is simply staggering.

And just read one of the special deals one lucky fan managed to snatch:

Bad customer service, given to one backer only, for pledging $120 or more:

Bad Customer Service

Two Deck Combo, except we will "accidentally" ship you a dead houseplant instead of your games and be really rude when you email us about it, but then eventually send you THREE copies of the game several months later with a passive aggressive note.

Diablo1099:
So it's basically a game of Cards Against Humanity were every round is a Haiku round?

I've heard far worse ideas and I do love me some Cyanide and Happiness, hope it does well :D

The comparison with CAH doesn't fly.

Cards against humanity relied on offensive humour. I don't think this cyanide and happiness game relies on "Lol, a big black cock" or "Lol, jews."

Bah, if anyone needs me I'll be playing the far superior Funemployed.

PH3NOmenon:
Cards against humanity relied on offensive humour. I don't think this cyanide and happiness game relies on "Lol, a big black cock" or "Lol, jews."

Did you even look at the images in the article? Of all the cards shown, there are precisely two that aren't about sex or violence, and one of those is explosive diarrhoea. If you're looking for a game that doesn't rely on offensive humour, this is not it.

Kahani:

PH3NOmenon:
Cards against humanity relied on offensive humour. I don't think this cyanide and happiness game relies on "Lol, a big black cock" or "Lol, jews."

Did you even look at the images in the article? Of all the cards shown, there are precisely two that aren't about sex or violence, and one of those is explosive diarrhoea. If you're looking for a game that doesn't rely on offensive humour, this is not it.

Crude humor and offensive humor isn't the same. Sex and violence are fine. They do not target minorities and they don't pretend that offensive stereotypes are somehow edgy. "I never expected this in my stocking. A filthy gypsy." is an example of Cards Against Humanity humour. Nothing depicted above is on that level of asinine. It's on its own level of asinine.

 

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