Party games are great fun, but they are always better when you fill them with sexual innuendos and bad words. Think about it: Apples to Apples always is the best when you involve the “politically incorrect” cards (Anne Frank + Desperate? Hiroshima + Bright?), and all I need to do is mention Cards Against Humanity, the game for horrible people!
F**ktionary follows in this trend, combining social interaction with social un-acceptable linguistics, I saw the game and talked with its creator at the Boston Festival of Indie games, and can safely say that it’s a great idea.
Vasanth Sarathy developed the game idea while playing the not-so-dirty version with family over the holidays. I know, it seems a little weird to play this with your family. But believe me, his family is dirty! It was so much fun, he began to build a prototype and gathered the dirty words from a variety of sources: online slang dictionaries, obsolete terms, and medical language. The rest is history!
Vasanth was an incredibly interesting person to talk to: He’s a lawyer who left his job to make games because he felt he was taking his life too seriously, and saw many other people taking their lives to seriously, and wanted to do something to change that. Games seem like a pretty perfect way to do that if you ask me, and adding dirty word into that can only be a benefit!
I was an IP lawyer for several years, and honestly, I just didn’t want to take myself as seriously as I was taking myself. I wanted to find fun and something more enjoyable. And, honestly, making a game like this and seeing people laugh and enjoy it itself is great. It is a great feeling, and I didn’t get that as a lawyer.
– Vasanth Sarathy, Creator of F**ktionary.
The game itself has a clear trend of sly humor to it. One player will read a word, and it is up to the rest of the players to attempt and guess the definition. Guessing the definition exactly will automatically get you one point, but bluffing well enough for other players to think your definition is correct will also net you points. Of course, if the reader (or, as they are called in the game, the F**ker) is sneaky enough to have no one guess the correct definition, they’ll get points. The best part of this is, not all the words are actually dirty. Sure, you’ve got phrases like Mackintosh Fun (A Fetish for waterproof rubber raincoats), but this might be right next to the word Tittle (the small dot on top of lowercase letters such as “i” or “j”).
Seeing the people behind F**ktionary, and hearing Vasanth’s story and inspiration, was a great way to understand where this dirty little word game is coming from. I know that I’ll be having fun with it in the future, and if you (and maybe even your family) are dirty enough, I’d suggest you check it out. You can visit the games main web page here, and can also find it for sale on Amazon.