All Things Equal Tabletop Game Inventor Brings Humor About Fear Factors To Family Game Night As Everyone Realizes It Could Always Be Worse!
Miami Beach, FL (July 27, 2021) – After more than a year of virtual learning, lockdowns and mask mandates, what could possibly be worse? How about having to tackle a champion sumo wrestle or being chased by a gorilla or oops, you super-glued your hands together? If you smiled at those crazy situations, you are ready to play The Worst-Case Scenario® Card Game ($19.99) available exclusively at Target and Target.com now.
Thinking of impossible situations befalling a loved one is human nature. In the 1970s storybook It Could Always Be Worse, children discover life can go from bad to worse, with increasingly uproarious results. Two decades later The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven and David Borgenicht created a global buzz. Suddenly folks were pondering frightening yet funny situations. This summer, as a worldwide pandemic dissipates, what-could-be-worse becomes the zany topic for family and adult game night.
In this philosophical game, players are confronted with an incredible 225 random worst-case situations including “never take another vacation” or “locked in a trunk of a moving car.” There’s even a card that reads “live through a pandemic.” Players take turns as The Victim and select five worst-case scenario cards. The critical thinking comes when you must secretly rank the scenarios from 1 (Bad) to 5 (The Worst) based on how you think The Victim will rank the cards, and players scores points when they match correctly. Conversation and laugher automatically ensue.
Ideal for ages 10 and older, players may surprise themselves when they have to rank what is bad, then horrible and truly the absolute worst. Losing your memory or being lost at sea may be favorable to waking up in a bed full of spiders. Of course, nothing could compare to the nightmare that everyone just survived known as Covid-19.
Luckily Toy Fair 2020 took place just weeks before New York City shut down. Board game inventor Eric Poses of All Things Equal, Inc. was exhibiting in his booth in mid-February 2020 when Worst-Case Scenario author David Borgenicht stopped by with a license proposal to invent a new game. Neither could have imagined their collaboration would take place at the worst possible time as the pandemic altered everyday life.
While in lockdown, Miami Beach-based Poses wrote many of the games’ hard-to-imagine situations such as a whale swallowing a man (an actual June 2021 occurrence!). The popular game inventor was inclined to bring levity during a time when so many people were secluded and seeking activities that would bring a positive perspective.
Sales of puzzles and games soared during the pandemic as families attempted a digital detox that would give everyone a break from Covid-filled newsfeeds. While Borgenicht’s original handbook gave readers advice on how to cope with nasty surprises, the all-new card game asks players to rank five worst-case scenarios, helping to bring both laughs and an assessment of what really matters.
Poses recalled his grandmother’s motto that it is always better to laugh than to cry. “This game will have players crying with laughter,” predicts Poses, “at all the horribleness life has to offer.”
The Worst-Case Scenario® Card Game • Ages 10+ • $19.99
The world can be a dangerous place. But in this get-ready-to-laugh game, players have to ponder what is bad or awful or horrible with truly the worst! How do you compare eating a bowlful of maggots with a parachute that won’t open? Players rank on a scale of 1 to 5 what is truly the worst possible scenario. Each boxed game includes 225 Worst-Case Scenario cards, The Victim Wheel, 30 Ranking Chips, Score Pad, Pencil and easy instructions.
About Worst-Case Scenario®
Worst-Case Scenario® is the go-to brand for survival info—expert advice for extreme situations—and is based on the world’s best-selling survival manual, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. The book, which was written by David Borgenicht and Joshua Piven, has been in print since 1999. It has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and has spawned TV shows, merchandise, and a museum exhibition, as well as countless sequels. Worst-Case Scenario® teaches us to face our fears, to help ourselves and others survive.
About All Things Equal
All Things Equal is a tabletop game company based in Miami Beach, FL. The company was founded in 1997 by entrepreneur Eric Poses, who drove around the country for 16 weeks selling his first game invention, Loaded Questions®, out of the trunk of his car. Today, All Things Equal’s games have generated more than $30 million in retail sales at Target, Kohl’s, Amazon, Meijer and hundreds of specialty stores. The company’s portfolio of family/party games includes five versions of the bestselling Loaded Questions® brand, Loaded Answers, Awkward Family Photos® Greatest Hits, Happy Endings®, The My Weird School® Game, Major Woody’s Wild Foursomes®, and The Worst-Case Scenario® Card Game.
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