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I played a few of these games such as Cards Against Humanity and while it was fun it only last for a short while.

There are so many of these now that is becomes boring to play some over and over again.

How do you feel about this type of game where it is adult themed?

Can you name some that you like?
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Oiler1 wrote:
... adult themed?


I think it is childish, I am not alone in that opinion.
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Whenever I ask my wife to play a raunchy theme she says No Thanks.
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Oiler1 wrote:
while it was fun it only last for a short while.


There are many particularly raunchy responses to this.

All of which are better than Cards Against Humanity.
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Can't think of a good game with a 'raunchy' theme.

Do I like them? They get old, and then they only serve to distract from the gameplay ... if there is gameplay.

If you have a good engine, why strap it to a controversial theme, unless the theme was the point.

CaH and its many imitators, including variations like Joking Hazard, aren't even games, they are activities, conversation stimulants.

Maybe somewhere there's a good Euro about managing brothels, or white slavery trading in the Med. *ba-da-bing*

There are computer sims about running online porn businesses, strip clubs, and cam girl rings. And dating simulators of various types and levels of titillation.

Perhaps, if the engine is good, it sells itself, and yoking it to a bawdy theme can only hurt by limiting its distribution options and possible audience, and thus if a game needs titillation to sell, it's a sign that there's little game worth buying.

Perhaps we enjoys bawdy things passively, and games actively, and thus bawdy games cause inherent conflict and tension, gimp themselves as entertainments?

OR, to put it another way, 'raunchy' themes do not appeal to your analytical brain, they appeal to your lizard brain. Due to that, a good game (analytical, strategic, full of meaty choices) is not enhanced by a low theme, but could only work in spite of such a theme.
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I feel the same way about raunchy themes as I do about any theme. I want my themes to be engaging and add to the game. I would never turn down a game based on theme alone. I have found that it is not a reliable way for me to judge a game. Not all raunchy themed games are necessarily bad just like not all sci fi themed games are necessarily good.
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Oiler1 wrote:

How do you feel about this type of game where it is adult themed?


Sometimes I'm in the mood and sometimes I'm not.
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No.

Sometimes I like raunchy jokes. You really can't have to much nudity in movies. I like my art au natural. Not my games. The only thing that should be naked in my games are the cards. (Sleeves are for wimps.)

Is this really a problem? Over the last few years I've been asked to play one "raunchy" game. It was CaH. It sucked, but I survived. (Ok, I also played Codenames After Dark edition. It was lame. The words weren't as good.)

I haven't noticed a giant influx of raunchy themed games. Sure, Kingdom Death: Monster, but that's a game for a very specific audience.
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I would love to play games with raunchy themes, it's just a shame most of these games don't work for me mechanically. They're either party games and/or light to the point of activities. I'd really be into a medium-heavy raunchy game I can spend an evening playing, alone or with my girlfriend.

We do like Tanto Cuore. The art's kinda raunchy, I guess. Oh, and we Kickstarted Consentacle. So that's something.
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Quote:
Do you really like raunchy game themes?


I did when I was 11. I outgrew it when I was about 16.

Pete (knows a lot of people over 40 who are still working on that)
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I put these in the same category as drinking games. They are fine in that brief period when being raunchy starts being acceptable, but before you are comfortable just being raunchy for the sake of it.
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No.

And no, I'm not being snobby, I just don't get enjoyment out of them.

Maybe Codenamed after dark would be ok, but that's because it's just codenames with different words.
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I recently went on a tirade about CAH, and how it is the go-to for pretty much every group of people in the 20-40 age range right now. I am more than a little sick of it, but it's not really because it's "adult" or "raunchy". I'm sick of it because it has been done to death, even before CAH was released. Back in the day, our go-to, light party game (for when we had guests that weren't big into board games) was Apples to Apples, and we played it so often that we no longer found it even remotely funny. By the time CAH came out, I was over that style of game, because they are all pretty much the same.

As a more general response, I don't have any issue at all with "adult" themed games. In fact, I actually disagree with a lot of people that would call them childish, at least to a point. I think games like that are good in the right setting, with the right people. It's a way to sort of unwind, and let your more immature side come out to play for a bit. We are expected to be serious, prim, polite, and PC in every aspect of our lives, so having something a bit more risque and taboo is, I think, kind of therapeutic. That's how I look at it, anyway.
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No, I don't care for them. They are just an excuse for people to be more profane or vulgar than they would normally be. Those sorts of games are a hard pass for me.
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Nope.
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Yes. The raunchier the better. Don't let all these others fool you. They play CAH solo when they can't find people to play with. Then Codenames: Deep Undercover while actually under covers. Then none of the cards are raunchy enough so they PNP the raunchiest words they can think of and then play again.

Come on man, stop asking stupid questions. You are on BGG enough, you already knew the answer.
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I've heard that Lap Dance is a pretty good game, but I have never tried it. I own a few others but none have hit the table yet. For the most part these "raunchy" games seem really light.
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I've yet to see the 'adult theme' employed for more than banal titillation, so no. It's a crutch some games use to prop up a lacking set of game mechanics.

Same as 'eye candy'. More like 'eye roll'.
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Oiler1 wrote:

How do you feel about this type of game where it is adult themed?


To be perfectly honest, I don't think I've ever played a board/card game with a raunchy theme (unless you want to count a deck of normal playing cards I had when I was teenager where all the cards had girls in swimsuits on them.) I've never played Cards Against Humanity myself, although I have seen it being played.

Based on my (limited) experiences with raunchy TV shows, movies and video games, I expect I would feel much like you do about raunchy board games, though. And for that reason, I would probably never buy one of them myself.

It's not about prudishness or concern for offending anyone - I'll happily play such games if the group I'm with wants to - but I don't think I'd get enough mileage out of one to justify the purchase cost on my own.
 
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Sometimes I like raunchy jokes. You really can't have to much nudity in movies. I like my art au natural. Not my games. The only thing that should be naked in my games are the cards. (Sleeves are for wimps.)

Is this really a problem? Over the last few years I've been asked to play one "raunchy" game. It was CaH. It sucked, but I survived. (Ok, I also played Codenames After Dark edition. It was lame. The words weren't as good.)

I haven't noticed a giant influx of raunchy themed games. Sure, Kingdom Death: Monster, but that's a game for a very specific audience.


The perceived raunchiness of Kingdom Death: Monster is way overblown in my humble opinion, but everyone has to draw the line somewhere I guess.

Besides Kdm, "adult" themed or overtly crude games doesn't really hold my interest.
I could imagine going gaga over a Rick & Morty game made in a style similar to Eldritch Horror though.

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Way, way, way, way, way overblown. The actual game is entirely non-sexual and uses nudity either as art would, or as horror (which arguably is also as art would as Giger did that all the time). The pinups are a non-gameplay line of optional display models. There are plenty of companies providing those now just for hobbyists or collectors, too.
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I don't know how you would make it work in a boardgame.

But I like it in jokes, tv, and videogames sometimes.

So I wouldn't discount it, but I wouldn't bet on ever finding a good game with a raunchy theme.

Edit: I imagine it would have to be almost a kind of parody of a game (I hate parody, so good luck) that was an engaging, clever game and dirty at the same time.

Again, don't know how this would work, and I've been playing South Park: The Fractured But Whole all week . . .
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