Ever want to be in the Scandinavian Women's Wrestling Club, but didn't fit the bill? Well me too! That is why I created this card game!
Dare or Dare is a silly 2 player card game meant to be played in a public social setting. It expands on the concept of a friendly dare, but introduces simple, yet crucial, bluffing and trust strategies. It is fast-paced, very easy to learn, and will certainly push your social limits. Dare or Dare will test your friendships and reveal your true competitive nature.
I designed gameplay, art, and narrative, researched the board game market, playtested with different groups of people in public spaces, and integrated balances over time.
I had a few design pillars in mind when creating Dare or Dare:
Social - designed to be played in a public area
Many of the dare cards are tuned especially for public social areas such as board game cafes, bars, parks, schools, libraries, etc. The contents of these cards may have you interacting with a stranger, a waiter, or an employee. Through playtesting, I found that players' introversion/extroversion levels really affect the flow of the game. As such, I iterated on the card deck to include more solitary cards while still maintaining a large social aspect.
Easy to learn - few rules that could be explained and played by anybody
As a quick, pick-up, card game, nobody will be burdened by rules. I limited the amount of rules to fit easily on a single card. On my initial version, there was a third deck of cards that players would interact with to randomize the gameplay. While I liked the aspect it added, It became overly complex and took away from its simplicity, so I removed it in later iterations.
Bluff/Trust tactic - a feeling of intense anticipation when cards are revealed
In this one-on-one game, it is important to discuss and build (or destroy) trust in your opponent prior to revealing your card! This mechanic tests players willpower and bluffing abilities. Through playtesting, I found that players that have a close relationship have the most fun in testing this out.
Sample social area where Dare or Dare may be played.