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HYPERtheticals: 50 Questions for Insane Conversations Cards – June 15, 2010
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It has potential for party fun, assuming your crowd includes mostly pop-culture-obsessed, half-drunk philosophers.
One downside: About half of the questions previously appeared in "Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs." Readers of that book won't find as much new material. But if it has been a few years since you read SD&C, it's fun to revisit those ponderables again.
A nice tide-over until Chuck gets us another book.
One of the cards prompted my mother, my wife and myself into a rather lively debate on how far you can hold a child accountable for their actions, and whether or not the adult version of that child is to be judged based on those actions. It's a conversation that lingered for at least a couple of days as new thoughts and arguments were presented. I brought it with me to a party that included some friends who we usually play somewhat unstructured boardgames with, and thought they would have thoroughly enjoyed it, but the interest level just wasn't there. To others it reminded them of school (i don't see how that's possible).
It's a product that your either going to really enjoy or just be bored to tears with. The latter of which i don't see how it's possible. A bit of how I approach it is to at times play the devils advocate on idea's that me and my wife instantly agree on, or see eye to eye on. In this way it allows us to unravel the question a bit more, and on at least one occasion doing this made me change my mind altogether. There are layers to most questions, but more then one card features a dud, but that may just be my outlook on the question. Much is left up to interpretation and this is a good thing.
As far as the quality of the cards, that leaves something to be desired. They are thin, very thin which i guess helped to keep the cost down, just don't let any younger kids get a hold of them lest they be folded bent and torn.Read more ›
As for the questions themselves? Awesome. Actually, I believe some of these are featured in his book "Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs", but it's nice to get a standalone collection of them. Also, if I remember correctly, the book only had 20-25 of these questions. Anyway, the cards are all ridiculous and surprisingly well thought out. The scenarios are detailed and provide just the right amount of information. Some of them are pretty basic ("Would you rather spend a year in Europe, or 10 minutes on the moon?"), some of them are more in-depth ("Would you let a gorilla play for the Oakland Raiders?"), but almost all of them can lead to some seriously heated debates.
Also - I noticed a lot of reviewers pointing out you need to read this with relatively intelligent friends. Not true at all. The cards are very easy to read with simple concepts for anyone to grasp. True, some people will be a little boring and respond with a one word answer, but just push them to explain their choices and train of thought and it can turn into a very engaging conversation.
Some scenarios are better than others.
You also need to have a diverse group of people to play. Playing with people who think exactly like you yields little fun.
Can be good for car rides and at home.
I've had a lot of fun posing some of these questions to people I know. This is a really fun deck and would be a really great gift for the conversationally challenged.
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Incredibly fun party game for deep thinkers... many questions and answers may offend people--but, really, we need to be adult and work through that! Read morePublished 1 month ago by David
A fun game but the questions are a bit wordy. Most people don't like being read lengthy passages. It wouldn't benefitted from some judious editing.Published 3 months ago by Bookbabe
Anything by Chuck Klosterman is amazing, this is no exception. I wish there were more of these to buy though.Published 3 months ago by Barney
We played HYPERtheticals with some friends a few months back, and had a good time so we decided that we should buy it for ourselves to play with other friends. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jeffrey A. Abell
Chuck Klosterman is a hilarious genius. These questions are fantastic and will liven up even the most boring person.Published 6 months ago by Malissa
Apparently, this counts as a book. I forced myself not to buy this for several years because it seemed like a party-themed card game was an obnoxious cash grab from one of my... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Benoit Lelievre