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Friday, May 11, 2012

NPR Announces Card Game Featuring Heroes of Classical Literature!


Would you play a card game starring the heroes of classical literature?

On the way home from a baseball game in Denver last Saturday, I turned on NPR and one of my favorite shows happened to be on. “Wait, wait, don’t tell me,” is a arts/life/comedy program hosted by Peter Sagal that deals with current events, the arts, pop culture, etc.  One of the games they play is called, “Bluff the Listener.”

A category is given and then a listener is told three bizarre stories, one of which is true. During this particular game, the first story really caught my ear. Below is an abbreviated version of that section of transcript (click HERE for the entire transcript and to read the other two stories):

SAGAL: The wisdom of the ages are found in the classic books of Western Civilization. The problem is, though, most of those important books are super boring. This week, we heard about an exciting adaptation of classic literature to a 21st Century form. Our panelists are going to tell you three stories.
TOFEL: I'm ready.
SAGAL: First, let's hear from Charlie Pierce.
CHARLIE PIERCE: The people behind "Magic: The Gathering" have spent a few years trying to find new frontiers of nerdery to which they can bring the youth of America, and they've come up with an idea for all dweebs, an adventure card game, starring the heroes of classic literature.
Each character, in what is going to be called The Dark Library, will be possessed of all the qualities developed for them by their original creators, plus a character-specific superpower bestowed by the makers of the game.
For example: Queequeg, Tashtego and Daggoo, the three harpooners from "Moby Dick" will each get you 125 marksmanship points. While Montresor, the dark villain of Edgar Allen Poe's, "The Cask of Amontillado," will carry with him 50 brooding points, capable of being overcome only by a greater number of optimism prime points, such as the combined one thousand OP points possessed by the Bennet sisters from "Pride and Prejudice."

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)
PIERCE: There will also be a special gold edged Mr. Darcy card, of which only five hundred will be made, that trumps every Jane Austen character, except Emma Woodhouse, whose archery skills will lay him low.
(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)



PIERCE: "This is a field we've been itching to get into," said Martha Willows Gausman, the company's director of marketing. "The number of possibilities are absolutely limitless. And now that zombies have made Jane Austen cool again, the youth market is wide open."
Unfortunately, this story ended up being NOT TRUE. I was a little bummed about that. If it was on the market, would you dig into your pocketbook to have The Dark Library in your home?
I would~ can someone please start production on this??? I love the idea of being an explorer on the "new frontiers of nerdery."

Have a wonderful weekend!

33 comments:

  1. Too funny. I'm in. And I think it's a creative way teens can learn about great characters. Though, I'd think it would have to be forced upon them by said nerdy parents and school officials...and maybe detention centers. LOL.

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    1. I think it's great~ and good point on the learning! I remember playing the game Masterpiece when I was little--it was an art heist game that taught you about great works of art. I still recognized paintings today because of that game :)

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  2. This. Is. GENIUS! Or madness ... but they're so similar who can say? Either way it sounds like a blast and I'm in. :)

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    1. I was SO disappointed to find out it wasn't real!

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  3. Okay, I never liked games like this, but....a gold-edged Darcy card? Yeah, deal me in.

    Would there also be a sparkly Edward card? Maybe a camo-painted Peeta card? Cuz I want those, too!

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    1. Ha! They would have to make different editions of the game, like they do with Trivial Pursuit~ classical lit, YA lit, MG lit, etc. :)

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  4. That is AWESOME. At least one NPR listener is bound to run with this and have it in production soon, right?

    How many brooding points do you think Willy Loman would be worth?

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    1. Oh man, Willy would get some serious points~ although they might count against you~ like really sad low self-esteem points or something.

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  5. I would be on this in a hot minute. Also, I love Wait, Wait!

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    1. I love it, too! NPR has some great programs.

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  6. I heard this one, too! =) I especially loved how Mr. Darcy trumped all. I would buy this game in a heartbeat!

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  7. So here is my geek showing through, but that would be a great way to give the classics a "cooler" spin. Too bad it isn't real. Imagination the conversations about the various ways Moby Dick could have turned out.

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  8. My inner nerd has spoken. I want that game.

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    1. Yes! My inner nerd shouted with delight at the sound of this~ it's really too bad it doesn't exist (yet!).

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  9. I would definitely get this - count me in!

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    1. We really need to find someone to get this game going!

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  10. Too funny! And yes, that would be a great game--and not just collector cards.

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  11. I love games, but somehow the player should have an alternative ending that can make them a super winner IF they read the book! Like some word or clue that only readers would know that gives them an advantage. :)

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  12. Ah! That would have been AWESOME! Hmmm...the idea's not trademarked, is it?

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  13. I love that program. It's a great game, too. I'm always fascinated by the stories they come up with.

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  14. Sounds like a game worth playing!

    I love that show too.

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  16. “Wait, wait, don’t tell me,” IS THE BEST!!! If you like card games of this sort check out this one on Moby Dick! Looks cool.
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/827765657/moby-dick-or-the-card-game

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