On the cards: Don’t drop the soap

Since our move to Denmark, we have been playing board games like never before. We have the children games that we play almost daily (Dix it, Fisk, Hello kitty..something, Happy family, Piratatak, Ramino, Sakapus, etc ). And then there are the ones for the grown ups played on special occasions when meeting our friends. So holidays become really holidays when we put the children to bed at 19.30 just to meet half hour later around a table, game, and bottle of wine.

We started shyly with Catan, Ticket to ride, Carcassonne and Dixit again, just to find ourselves sharing the news and planning to play on new and exciting board games on our next meetings.

This is the general context in which “Don’t drop the soap” really draw my attention.

Add to this the fact that now I am watching “Orange is the new black” series, and I appreciate dark humor when I see it and you have the whole picture of my motivation for telling you about this game.

So here we go.

“Don’t Drop The Soap” is a game you cannot win, but you would better not lose :).

“Players take the role of prison inmates who are, literally, trying to screw each other over. The objective of the game is to not be the player who drops the soap. Each turn players must play one action card from their hand. The game ends when a player runs out of options and is forced to play a soap card.”

You can read more details about it on the project’s crowdfunding page: https://www.booomerang.dk/projects/dont-drop-the-soap/

They already raised the money, but that’s not the point. The fun just begins, and you have the occasion to buy it before your friends do and be a star at the first gaming party.
I asked Martin (the creator) and Søren (the publisher) questions:

1. Where did you get the idea from? 🙂 Dark humor can go many ways, why did yours go to prison?

Soren: The Prison idea is partly because of the prison industry complex – the fact that around 1.4 % of American citizens are in prison and that there is an industry of money makers around this but it is also because Martin is just a crazy guy who wants to take a piss on everything he does it for the fun of it. He also makes a weekly cartoon https://evilcomix.tumblr.com.
Martin: The idea just came to me one day while I was in the shower. I’ve always wanted to make a game for people who share my sense of humor. The prison theme just happened, it seemed like a natural fit for a game of hot potato. Being a one man operation and having never made a card game before I knew I had to keep the game simple. Simply people should be able to play the game when they are drunk.

2. How long did it take from the idea to making the cards?
Soren: It has been around 6 months of work with testing and making the game.
Martin: I made the first prototype of Don’t Drop The Soap during the ‘2015 Xmas Game Jam’. After that, I’ve been tinkering with the game on and off for the past year and a half. The game has gone through many iterations since then. 18 months after the first prototype I am finally satisfied with how the game plays and I feel it’s ready for release.

3. Do you think/ hope any brand of soap will take over the game and sell it together with their product? Would you agree? Kind of slippery business, isn’t it? 🙂

Soren: Martin’s mom makes soap – and we plan a Kickstarter campaign later this year with real soap as a stretch goal.
Martin: I don’t think any major brand with any respect for themselves would game this product with a 20-foot pole. I was considering shipping a deluxe, Limited Edition with a home made a bar of soap. That could be something for later.

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