Hello! We're Evan and Josh, lifelong quirky board gamers and general mischief makers.
Hilarious Venn diagrams are peak internet. Connecting two wildly different ideas in clever ways isn’t just hilarious, it’s thought-provoking and satisfying when done well. Whether you’re finding common ground between anti-vaxxers and responsible bartenders, or strippers and cats, you’re creating comedy gold.
But, finding two seemingly unrelated ideas and connecting them in a funny way can be really hard to do. That's what inspired us to create Open Relationships: a game that puts intentionally different ideas in front of players and sets them up with prompts to make smart, unexpected, and always laugh-out-loud connections between them.
We also wanted to make a game that was endlessly replayable and always unique — we’ve designed Open Relationships so no two rounds are ever the same.
We're incredibly appreciative of our Very Special Games community for helping us get our other games started, and we hope this is your favorite yet! —Evan + Josh
Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I see updates on manufacturing and shipping timelines?
Good question! You can keep up with all project updates on our Kickstarter page, here. Shipping for all pre-orders is estimated for October, 2022.
Why can I only pre-order this right now?
Open Relationships is our newest game concept, and it's currently in the process of being printed! We had a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign in January 2022, and have had enough demand for this game to print plenty of extra copies. By pre-ordering here, you'll receive your copy at the same time as Kickstarter backers, before anyone or before the game hits retail.
Is the game appropriate for everyone?
Probably not everyone! A good amount of the purple and pink cards are risque or mature, and often the way two ideas are connected can be...surprising. The last part depends on how clean or dirty the players are. But, while the game's rated 17+, we've taken care to make sure the content isn't thoughtlessly offensive (it punches up, not down!)
What is a venn diagram?
According to Wikipedia, a Venn diagram is a widely used diagram style that shows the logical relation between sets, popularized by John Venn in the 1880s. The diagrams are used to teach elementary set theory, and to illustrate simple set relationships in probability, logic, statistics, linguistics and computer science.
But it's the one with two colored circles that overlap and make a connection between two ideas.
How many players?
The game is designed for 3-6 players, but you can easily play "Party Mode" with 7+ players — directions for this gameplay version are included in the instructions!
How do the cards work?
The Connection Cards have a dry-erase coating on them which allows players to write directly on them, and erase their creations at the end of each round. The cards are durable and ready to stand up to hundreds of hours of your wildest connections.
How many different ways can you connect two ideas?
A whole lot, it turns out. The Response Cards help by prompting you with different ideas as starting points, but it's really left up to the imagination of the players.
One person might connect "My Boss" and "Socks" by thinking about how they're old and crusty, while someone else thinks about how they're always sticking a foot in their mouth, and another person might say they're a little *too* white.