We’ve all had it happen at some point in our lives and for me, it was over the past 72 hours. The storm hit, the power went out, the phone went out and because the phone went out I couldn’t even use my cell phone.
The rain kept coming and then-yep the battery of the car wouldn’t start. I know everyone of us has had a day like that that so far surpasses the good old days of your dog eating your homework but now, there is THE perfect game for just those moments in life that when anything and everything goes wrong, you just have to sit back and laugh, because at the end of the day, what else are you going to do. And the name of this all too perfect game…wait for it…wait for it…wait for it…Shit Happens. Yes, you heard me right. Someone took all those moments in life that we’ve all experienced, or at least heard about or at the very least saw on a comedy sketch on Saturday Night Live and compiled them into an easy to play card game.
So while the power was out for the last few nights we tested Shit Happens for ourselves. Think of it as adult family game night. First, if you haven’t already figured it out, this is a game for after the little people are all snug in their beds or better yet, a girlfriend’s weekend or better yet, when you and your honey are suddenly faced with the prospect of there’s no power in the house, which means no Netflix which means you either have to talk to each other-shudder the very thought-or you can play a hysterical game all by the light of the lantern.
The game is EASY to play-nothing to set up, easy to use decks that allow you to sit back and enjoy the ride. The core deck has 110 event cards. Each card depicts a horrible event that has happened- or might happen- to you or a loved one.
Every player starts with two cards which you place face up in front of you-for instance “The Power Being out for 4 Days” and “You Lose Your Laptop”- both things that I have endured this week (and yes there are many other not so PG rated scenarios that I will let you discover for yourself).
Each card has a “Misery Rating” at the bottom of the card as determined by a panel of experts including marriage counselors, therapists, are the ever loving creators of the game. When it’s your turn, the player to your right draws another card. He reads the event, but doesn’t reveal the number value.
So let’s pretend the card they picked was “Root Canal”. You don’t have to guess the exact number index because quite frankly, that would be nearly impossible and would lead us to believe that you cheated and looked at the cards ahead of time. All you have to do is guess its proper place in your row of cards. That it-just put it in order. I told you it was simple! So, if you think root canal is LESS AWFUL than having your power out for 4 days, then you place it before that If think it’s WORSE than losing your laptop, you would place it after that or maybe it just falls somewhere in between.
And then, DRUMROLL please… “Root canal” has a Misery Rating of 28.5 (whoever assigned that Misery number to root canal has never been to my dentist because I would have scored it 99.99), so the answer is B somewhere in between— You win the card and it remains, face up, in your row. And the round is over. Then the fun begins! The Player to your left can “steal” the same card by guessing where it fits in HIS row. If he’s wrong too, play proceeds around the table until someone guesses correctly. THERE’S REAL STRATEGY INVOLVED HERE PEOPLE ( and I also want a real unicorn that poops rainbows), as players factor in everybody’s wrong guesses before making their decision.
So the next time your power goes out, or your longing for those days gone by when games were played on the coffee table or with a deck of cards-no batteries or extreme hand and eye coordination and lightning fast reflexes needed or you just need a good life to remind you that as bad as life seems, yep, it can always be worse, have a little fun, have a huge laugh and play Shit Happens-available now at Amazon or wherever games or sold.
Disclosure: We were given a game for the purposes of this review. The storm hitting and the power going out as well as my laptop being lost, were all merely coincidental and in no way part of the actual game and of course all thoughts, opinions and laughter expressed here are 100% our own.