Currently in playtesting, Phobophobia is a card game where you simultaneously try to instill and defend against both common and rather exceptional fears. On the surface it’s a simple matching game. On replays you’ll start to see the strategies unfold in an infinite wedge sum* of petals and…um, there’s years of replay.
Game time: 15 to 30 minutes.We personally have no phobias. None. Nope. But we hear that phobias are irrational fears that trigger relentless dread or anxiety. Of which we have none. Those fears might be common such as fear of heights or dread of public speaking, or more subtly unnerving like the knowledge that somewhere, somehow a duck is watching you. (Flocks of them! We saw it on Facebook!)
Because we’d like people to have fun playing Phobophobia, we try to stick to the jollier paralyzing fears, or lighten up the more topical and common fears. We also may have used grammatical two-part epoxy to assemble Latin names where Google failed to provide a reference or translation. (Googledefectumphobia)
You’re welcome to call us out on some of these phobias. (We’re not afraid!) Although we support penalizing any disbeliever proven wrong. Something involving vats of tapioca, perhaps….
Education about phobias is important. But this isn’t about education. It’s about winning.
Read more about how we started and how Jeff landed on Phobophobia (Spoiler: not a scary landing, unless you fear clowns!).
* We looked up “wedge sum” on Wikipedia and thought it might appeal to the dozen or so math majors who might buy our game.
** Fully supports English language-only play