A US game designer has taken to Kickstarter to launch a new family tabletop game designed to help players around the world make light of and find the humour in the global pandemic. The game has been billed as a ‘play on the madness of the pandemic’ challenging players to recount some of the ‘craziest things they saw during this period of history.’
Called Surviving Quarantine, the game has simple rules to follow – players must avoid the viruses, use vaccines, antidote and other cards to protect themselves from other players, and survive for another round.
“We saw all the things that were happening, all the hoarding that was going on, it was basically a cartoon,” said Dallas Brown, creator of Surviving Quarantine.
Some of the vaccine cards feature the kind of items that were being hoarded across the globe over the last few months, while putting a humorous twist on them, such as a hand sanitizer shower and a toilet paper armour, or a water bottle fort.
“There’s a man in a fortress of water bottles and that’s what will keep him safe,” said Brown.
“We feel like that’s what people must have thought with all of this water bottle collecting and toilet paper hoarding, that it was going to keep them safe somehow, because otherwise, why?”
The game also comes with ‘bailout’ cards, laser sharks, and even an ‘anti-vaxxer’ card which requires the player to return all vaccine cards to the deck.
Surviving Quarantine was put into development when Brown’s daytime job building an app that would help families find activities came to a halt at the hands of the pandemic.
“The business wasn’t able to launch like we wanted and Covid hit so we were just kind of stuck at home. We decided we wanted to bring some humour to the situation for our kids and that’s when we came up with Surviving Quarantine.”
Creating cards and drawing prototypes quickly became a family activity. But what started as a way to help the Browns ‘Survive Quarantine’ turned into a teaching moment.
“At first we were trying to keep everything away from the kids, because food shortages and running out of supplies in our local stores, things like that – people dying, this is such a horrible situation that no one wants to live through,” the team explained. “Then it’s like, how can we bring it in and make it on their level where they can understand it and not scare them and still be aware of what’s happening?”
Surviving Quarantine is live on Kickstarter and has already surpassed it crowdfunding goal of £7,000.