“Let me tell you about my new startup. It’s basically [some popular startup] but for [some completely unrelated thing].”
If you’ve ever been to any startup event, you’ve probably heard it 14 thousand times.
Now it’s a Cards Against Humanity card. The bad news? You’ll probably never see the card in person, because it’s crazy rare.
In case you’ve somehow managed to go this long without playing it, Cards Against Humanity is a self-declared “party game for horrible people.” It began as a humble Kickstarter campaign, only to find a cult following that helped explode the game into a multi-million dollar company. Take the game Apples To Apples, boil it down to its most ridiculously offensive form, and ta-da! Cards Against Humanity.
The game and all four of its expansions have managed to absolutely dominate Amazon’s “Toys & Games” ranks for two years now.
At a panel at the PAX East conference this past weekend, the team behind the game turned to the audience for suggestions for new cards. Many of the ideas were tossed out on the spot; others were worked into something better; some became instant favorites.
At the end of the panel, though, there was a surprise twist: the ten best suggestions of the day were being turned into actual cards… but only for the few hundred people in attendance. An order was sent off to the company in New England that prints their cards before the panel had even wrapped, and each attendee was given a token (hidden under the seat) to let them pick up their set the next day.
Amongst those picked was the all-too-common pitch:
“Let me tell you about my new startup. It’s basically ___________, but for _________.”
Alas, since this card debuted in a way that intentionally makes it rare, it might not ever make its way into an official deck. And since only a few hundred sets were printed, most people will probably never actually see the card in person. You could always use one of the provided blank cards to make your own, but that’s not quite as neat. (“Let me tell you about my startup. It’s like CafePress, but for printing decent-looking custom Cards Against Humanity cards.”)
Other cards picked for printing during the panel include the white cards “What The Rock was really cooking”, “Stepping on a god damn friggin’ LEGO.”, “A floor that is literally made of lava.” and a few others that I probably shouldn’t print on TechCrunch.
Sets from the panel are (of course) already popping up on eBay for around 250 bucks a pop.