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Joking Hazard: A Fun Game for Adults?

Updated on December 25, 2016
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Michael has been an online freelancer and writer for many years and loves discovering and sharing about new experiences and opportunities.

Where Did The Board Games Go?

No matter how much we enjoyed board games as kids and teenagers, most of them unfortunately get to the point where they no longer seem as fun and exciting. The long games of Monopoly become tedious, even though we used to hassle our siblings and friends to play with us for hours on end.

Chess games have transformed from you pretending to be in control of an imaginary kingdom to fierce battles of intellectual prowess and domination.

Do you still play Monopoly?

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Scrabble has become the battleground for contentious debates on whether acronyms and abbreviations count as actual words and where a dictionary has become a necessity. And it's universally known how fun dictionaries are.

Even Battleship has become more of a hit-and-miss game to invest in as the busy adults that we all are. And in the current atmosphere of political correctness, nobody dare play Guess Who any more...

Have you ever played Guess Who?

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So for those of us who grew up loving our board games but have lost the initial spark that we so vividly attached to them in our younger years, the question is: How do we play board games and still pretend to be the adults that we are?

Sure, we could ride the wave and follow the world's trending pattern of video games and smartphone apps (and yes, the Call of Duty trailer below does look enticing), but what about the human element that we used to cherish so much?

It's true that it has become harder to commit to pulling out an old, dusty Monopoly board from the bottom of a cabinet shelf whenever we have guests around. And yet, it's also true that many of us want to be able to pull out a board game that fulfils those same urges and that builds the human atmosphere that makes board games themselves so great.

Yes, there are digital versions of Monopoly and Scrabble and Battleship that you can play online, but is that really the point? If you wanted to experience that, wouldn't you just turn to more vivacious video games?

The truth is, the industry for board games that fulfil our childlike urges but that cater to our need to be adults is underdeveloped. There have been increasing attempts to address them, however. We have seen Cards Against Humanity become an acclaimed party game that asks players to use risqué words and phrases to complete sentences. Indeed, this is one of the few board/card games that can bring a party to life.

It seems that the taboo factor is what makes up for the childlike spark that we no longer connect to as grown-ups. Playing a game with people and sharing in an activity that would otherwise be offensive is a form of guilty pleasure, even when there is legitimately no desire to be offensive. It is the feeling that we are doing something that we are not supposed to that drives the joy in these types of games--and this feeling is exactly what brings us to Joking Hazard.

Joking Hazard

Joking Hazard is the indirect brainchild of the creators of Cyanide and Happiness, a webcomic developed by Rob DenBleyker, Kris Wilson, Dave McElfatrick and Matt Melvin in 2005. Indeed, over the last few years the group has created a plethora of comic strips aimed at entertaining (as well as causing deep emotion in) their audience.

The brand has since also advanced to YouTube and has turned its comic strips to life in videos such as the one below:

There is no hiding the fact that the series, in all its formats--including Joking Hazard, is sometimes morbid and pushes the boundaries of what people would consider funny. But that is very likely what motivates its creators.

Indeed, the Joking Hazard board game achieves that same form of taboo and inappropriate humour that has brought much success to games such as Cards Against Humanity. The difference here is that Joking Hazard allows you to make your own comic strips through the 360 panel cards available to you and invites 3+ players to participate. And even the cards themselves "can be burned for heat after society collapses," according to its creators.

The game was a passion project started by the group on KickStarter. It started at a goal of $10,000 and raised more than $3,000,000 by the end of its KickStarter campaign, having been funded by more than 63,000 people.

There is no doubt that Joking Hazard has been highly anticipated since its very recent market release. It has shot to among the top of Amazon's ranks in its industry and has received glowing reviews. Although crazily inappropriate and offensive, Joking Hazard is one of those games that will make you feel like a child again (even though you should be an adult to play it).

Does being an 'adult' hold you back from playing board games?

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