18 January 2017
Players attempt to attract investor to their terrible idea for a company
If you’re British, there’s a pretty good chance that at some point you’ve been watching Dragons' Den when suddenly the idea for a genius new product pops into your head and you decide that you’d be able to secure funding for your one-of-a-kind invention. Pitch Deck is a new party card game that puts that claim to the test.
Created by the team behind charades-Taboo hybrid Monikers (the 16th-best rated party game on BoardGameGeek, for what it’s worth), Pitch Deck sees players combine pitch cards from their hand with three company cards on the table to create new startup firms with an ‘innovative’ new product – whether that’s a Roomba for vaping, Tinder for juggalos, Crocs for human-eagle hybrids or Uber for piggy-back rides.
One player plays the role of an investor each round, deciding which player’s company they’d like to back after hearing a brief pitch from each of the remaining members.
In short, it sounds like a mixture of Cards Against Humanity and Funemployed, with a dose of TV reality shows such as Dragons' Den and The Apprentice thrown in. (The team behind the project is American, so we have no idea if they've actually seen Dragons' Den.)
The team has taken to Kickstarter to fund the project; at the time of writing more than $17,000 of their $20,000 goal has been raised with 29 days left to go, hinting that success looks to be on the cards.
A copy of Pitch Deck is $25 (£20) (plus $10 (£8) for postage), or you can pay $5,000 to include your company in the game – or twice that amount to stop your firm’s name from appearing on a card.