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Shaun Morris
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Overview: On the surface No Blank Left Behind appears to be a fairly standard Cards Against Humanity clone with one major difference: Players are not confined in their responses by game's cards. Rather than be provided a hand with a set number of responses, Blank This Game! instead utilizes dry erase boards and markers allowing players to come up with their own responses, limited only by their individual imaginations. What does this mean? Well, the game's offensiveness can be somewhat tamed or encouraged. Of course, there is a limit to how much the game can be tamed with questions such as "If pornstars is the answer what is the question?" or "______, worst children's book ever!" or "The CIA now uses ______ as torture." and many other questions.

Pros:

- I absolutely love the lack constraints of this game. However, I would not play this game with strangers, which isn't a slight against the game in the least. I wouldn't play Cards Against Humanity or any other games in that vein with strangers either. It's just the nature of the game, that I'd only play this with close friends and/or family.

- I love the fact that the question cards are double-sided and contain 4 potential questions for the dictator to choose from. My copy was a prototype so I don't know if that's something that will be included in the final edition of the game or not, but I hope that it is.

- The rule book has a handy little chart that shows the number of players, ranging from the minimum 3 to the maximum 6, and the suggested number of question cards each player should be given depending on whether a Short, Regular, or Long game is desired. As a point of reference, a short game will take you about 30 minutes regardless of player count.

- There are 7 cards marked "Score Pile" and 1 marked "First Dictator" which serve to differentiate between a player's hand and their score pile. It's an addition that seems superfluous and unnecessary at first but that in playing is actually a really nice feature.

- The white board allows players to submit an illustrated response rather than a written one, an aspect of the game that is sometimes encouraged by question cards. If the game is successful I'd like to see more cards encourage this aspect of the game as I think it's currently underutilized. I don't mean that cards should only allow an illustrated response but just more cards that lend themselves to the option.

Cons:

- The white boards have a tendency to smear. This is an issue that should be resolved somewhat with the final copy, as the prototype included white boards that were essentially just laminated index cards. The production copy is slated to include actual white boards which should reduce the smearing if not eliminate it altogether.

Conclusion: I personally really like the game. I, along with the entirety of my regular game group, feel the lack of confinement makes Blank This Game! far more enjoyable than Cards Against Humanity and it's many clones. I am very much looking forward to the Kickstarter, launching January 24. In the meantime, should you wish to see what the game is about head on over to their Facebook page where you can play along as questions are posted once a week and a winner chosen from amongst the comments.
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