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TABLETOPICS Couples: Questions to Start Great Conversations
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- These conversation starters for couples include thought-provoking questions for couples to get to know each other on a new level.
- Top pick for an anniversary gift or therapy game, and is an entertaining choice for a couples board game.
- Updated questions inspired by feedback from our fans.
- With 20 different editions and more than 2 million copies sold, Table Topics are the number 1 best-selling conversation starters.
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Think you’ve heard it all? Whether married for 50 years or just starting out, this couples card game includes refreshing questions to challenge and inspire a couple to learn something new about their partner and even themselves. A fun way for couples to create meaningful conversation about the things that make them unique as individuals and the things that bond them as a couple. The perfect toy to reconnect & rekindle. TableTopics is a real-life alternative to sex games, couples board games and the Gloom card game. Be aware these adult conversation topics range from light-hearted to introspective and cover romance, sex, and past history. TableTopics is a top board game choice for adults!
In December 2002, Cristy Clarke was on her way to a holiday cocktail party, trying to think of interesting conversation starters because she couldn't face another evening of small talk that went nowhere. She jotted down a few great questions and then tried them out on her fellow party goers. Her experiment was a complete success, and by morning she was writing questions to test on her three daughters at their family dinner. The result is TableTopics, a collection of conversation starter sets meant to spark fun, interesting, and meaningful discussions around the dinner table, at parties, on dates, on road trips - wherever!
With more than 2 million copies sold, and more than 20 unique editions, TABLETOPICS are the nation’s #1 best-selling conversation starters. TABLETOPICS has been featured on the Martha Stewart Show, the Ellen DeGeneres Show, TODAY Show, and is one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things.”
“To help Great-aunt Mildred find something to talk about with your sister’s tattooed teenage daughter, bring this fun kit of 135 conversation-starting questions.” - O, The Oprah Magazine, Favorite Things Issue “Cocktail Conversation…bring it to the next level with TableTopics…a set of 135 cards with clever questions.”
From the Manufacturer
Whether married for 50 years, or just starting out, these refreshing questions will challenge and inspire. Couples will learn something new about their partner and even themselves! Explore together the things that make you unique as individuals and the things that bond you as a couple. Spark, rekindle and enrich your relationship. Share this edition with the one you love. Ask questions like "what possession of your partner's would you like to through away" and "what's the dumbest argument you ever had." 4-inch acrylic cube with 135 questions.
Top Customer Reviews
First of all, ignore all the pre-2009 comments about the questions included in the cube. TableTopics deserves credit for listening to customer complaints, because the questions people objected to are gone. There are only a few, loosely worded references to romantic pasts ("What have you learned about yourself from previous relationships?") and fairly run-of-the-mill "sexy" questions (e.g., "What's the sexiest thing your partner's done?" "What makes sex great vs. good?).
The bulk of the cards feature questions about your relationship, like "What advice would we give a younger couple?" or "What does your partner do to make you laugh?" or even "Who wins the battle for the remote?" as well as fantasy questions, like "What would you do..." with lots of money, or a free vacation anywhere, or "What's your ideal - " fill in the blank. Another chunk of the deck is devoted to learning about your partner, with *lots* of questions about childhood as well as cards like "Who/what has contributed most to your value system?" or "How do you like to be cared for when you're sick?". The final large genre of questions is about parenting - styles, goals, hopes and dreams - with one, noteworthy, "Oh, right, and some people can't/don't have kids, so, uh, what would we do then?" (Not a direct quote there.)
The thing that's hard about TableTopics Couples Edition is that its audience could be anyone who's ever been in a partnership... which obviously includes a lot of people with a lot of different interests and sensibilities and moral values. For example, I don't think I would have been offended by more explicit questions (like the pre-2009 ones), but I found the "Are your Zodiac signs compatible?" question silly, and the handful of gender relations ones (like "How could men and women understand each other better?") presumptuous... Did they mean, "How could you and your partner understand each other better?", because not all partnerships are heteronormative, procreative, state-sanctioned unions. The cards *are* good at using gender neutral terms like "partner" and "spouse" but I think that's so either a husband or wife could read the card, not because they've been designed to be broadly inclusive.
Ultimately, I'd recommend the Original TableTopics over this version. The re-working of the questions left this deck feeling somewhat stale to me, with some very similar questions (at least four variations on what item/piece of clothing of your partner's do you not like) and a split focus which embraces couplehood as an entryway to parenthood, rather than its own state. For gift-giving in particular, I would recommend a different version of these conversation cards.
My comments on TableTopics:
When I first learned about TableTopics in general, I thought it was a great idea but ridiculously overpriced. Why wouldn't someone just write down a bunch of conversation starters on their own on index cards and save $25? Well, I answered my own question when I was in need of a birthday gift for someone hard to please. TableTopics went over a lot better than I think index cards would have! What you're paying for is more than just the individual questions; what you're paying for is the presentation, something nice enough to leave on a dining table and withstand (one hopes) years of use and enjoyment.
The box the cards come in is actually surprisingly pretty - far better than I had expected it to be. It's just a clear cube with edges about 4 inches long, and thick, nearly 1/2 inch walls. It looks like glass or crystal, though it's plastic. The cards are 3 inch squares on a durable heavy-duty sort of cardstock or thin cardboard. It's a very attractive package and makes for a substantial gift. In fact, it's now my go-to gift for people I don't know well - not the Couples version specifically - but one of the TableTopics many varieties.
My final complaint, which is undoubtedly a pet peeve more than a true problem with the product, is that none of the TableTopic questions have question marks. The conversation prompts are questions; punctuate accordingly!
Anyway, I would recommend this product overall. (I gave a low educational rating because the game isn't designed to be educational, though you should learn something about your partners.) It's a fun way to spark conversation and at least a few of the questions should lead you down paths you hadn't thought of before.
Most of the questions in this set were relatively excellent pertaining to the topic. A few of them, however seemed unpractical or totally unrelated to the topic - as my initial reaction, they were "fxxxing stupid". One of them asks, "How will relationships between men and women change in the next 30 years?" It's completely heteronormative, and it had nothing to do with my personal relationship with my boyfriend. I still don't know how to answer it! Another asks, "How compatible are our Zodiac signs?" Pretty ridiculous, but again, these were only a few cards. Most of them were wonderful, and each topic starter actually led to chain reaction of related topics.
PHYSICAL PROPERTIES: 3/5
The box is a kind of thick acrylic or plastic. There aren't hinges or snapping locks, so it's simply one half of a cube for the cards to sit in and the other half acts as a removable lid. (Looking back on it now, I ripped the sleeve that wraps around the box, as you can see in the picture. I didn't know it at the time, but I guess it's what you're supposed to do is use the sleeve to keep the box from easily opening. Oops!) The cards themselves aren't even cardstock, just regular cardboard. A few of the cards' words were actually printed poorly. The physical state of a few cards disappointed me a bit seeing as I paid $30+ for it all.
PROS /// WHO I WOULD RECOMMEND IT TO:
I would recommend this for people in committed, long-term relationships or who are married. The purpose of Tabletopics is to create a discussion, so I'd also recommend it to the couples who are comfortable enough to freely open up with each other. And again, the questions are capable of creating long discussions that will sometimes lead to a topic completely unrelated to the original question. The questions can help you both learn new things and reaffirm old things (the equivalent of hearing "i love you" out loud as opposed to just assuming or knowing you're loved).
CONS /// WHO I WOULDN'T RECOMMEND IT TO:
I barely regret buying this, mostly because of the fact that I had to pay anything at all. Most conversation starters could be found with a Google search. I think the thing that makes Tabletopics different is that it's been catered to with trial and error through those who have purchased it. Ignoring the taxes, shipping, and container, each question/card essentially costs about 19 cents.
I definitely wouldn't recommend this for a newer couple, unless they pick and choose which questions to discuss. Some of the questions that would be too intimate or personal for a newer couple, but would be fine for a couple who have been together longer, at least 1 or 2 years. I also wouldn't recommend this for young teenagers! Not only because of the sex questions, but a few cards are clearly meant for adults. One of them asks, "What jobs did you have during your teenage years?" and another asks, "What do you remember about the changes of adolescence?" I also think if you're the type who doesn't like to open up or talk freely, this isn't for you. Answering each question with one or two sentences defeats the purpose.
COUPLE BACKGROUND, if it helps anyone at all:
I've been in a committed relationship for almost 4 years. My boyfriend is turning 19 in September and I'll be 22 in March.
This was my first time buying a set of Tabletopics. I bought it with the intention of reconnecting with my boyfriend during a camping trip. We'd been having trouble making conversation with each other since he changed a lot after his first year of college. The cards helped us "re-learn" each other, as if forcing us to reflect on the people we were in the present as opposed the people we were when we first started dating. We pointed out each others strengths and faults without any conflicts. Today he said to my face, "I'm so glad you brought those cards with you."