Silver Linings Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new card game called Sway: A Game of Debate & Silver Linings.
Why should you care?
Well, Sway has the belly aching hilarity of games like Cards Against Humanity, but with a strikingly different feel. The creators have deliberately designed a game and a game company that provide laughter, connection and enjoyment but not by making players uncomfortable with comedy at the expense of others.
If that video wasn’t enough, I present to you the top reasons we should all be clamoring to get our hands on Sway.
(Full disclosure: My sister, Rachael Kauffung, is COO and Doer of Things at Silver Linings Games).
It’s the counterpoint to Cards Against Humanity
With the novelty of Cards Against Humanity wearing off, people are craving a game that provides laughter and fun but without making them feel like horrible people. Sway does just that. It sets players up to release their own brand of humor by pairing two radically different topics in a head to head debate. Players work to convince a judge that their topic (one of 465 topics included with the game) is the best, but must do so while only focusing on the positive. Sometimes this is an easy task, with cards like “peanut butter” and “the invention of beer.” Other times it forces players to find the silver lining with topics like “getting pooped on by a bird,” “The DMV,” and “passing a kidney stone.” Challenge cards completed by both players during their argument add to the fun and provide another way to earn points; examples include, “incorporate animal noises,” “speak in a Scottish accent,” and “kick like a Rockette.”
“We recognized the cultural shift happening in the gaming space. We read about it, heard it from friends, and felt it ourselves as players. We wanted a game that was fast paced and hilarious, but did not make us feel bad about ourselves or the jokes we were making. There was a hole in the market for games that were genuinely funny with a deliberately positive tone” said co-founder and CEO Margaret Marshall.
You don’t know who the judge will be
Another unique feature of Sway is that the judge is not assigned until after the players complete their debate. This prevents them from tailoring their argument to the judge, instead requiring them to craft an argument that they believe will appeal to all players. It also strengthens the feeling of connection in the group since everyone is paying attention.
“Part of what people love about judging games is the opportunity to win throughout the game – but most of those games never ask you to actually argue your case. This is often the most fun part of games like CAH and Apples to Apples, so we thought why not make it the whole point of the game. It’s amazing how that combined with choosing the judge after the debates totally changes the interaction. People are super engaged when they play Sway and they surprise you with how funny and smart they are,” said Rachael Kauffung, COO and Doer of Things at Silver Linings Games.
It brings people together
Sway is an inclusive game that can be enjoyed by just about anyone. Whether one is snarky and sarcastic or positive and lighthearted, Sway is appealing. Unlike other popular card games, such as Cards Against Humanity, Sway doesn’t write the jokes for you. It requires thought and creativity from the players, making it a game with long lasting fun. It brings out sides of your friends and family that you have never seen before. Imagine hearing your grandmother explaining the merits of “the birth of Mike Tyson” while doing yoga poses.
Case in point: here I am acting a fool on social media while I #playsway.