Do you love fun party games? Do you like Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity? Do you feel awful when playing Cards Against Humanity? Do you love romance, especially fanfiction romance? Specifically, do you love to pair Steve Rogers with Bucky Barnes? Well I have a game for you!
Slash is a card game that operates very much like Cards Against Humanity, except the basis is to make romantic pairings based off the cards in your hand. The decks are fabulously stacked with some of the world’s best-known pop culture icons like Buffy, Dean, Edward Cullen, Godzilla and Zooey Deschanel. Oh, that’s right; some real people show up in this game.
A game begins with the youngest person selecting a card from their hand. They pick someone they want everyone else to make a romantic pair with or ship. Easy mode just involves everyone else playing a card. Hard mode is explaining a story why these people go well together.
Each card features the name of the character, the point value for the card, the character’s gender, and flavor text. Each card is assigned a point value from 1 to 3 based on the obscurity of the reference. The gender designation is male, female, all genders, or no gender. The all genders symbol used is the trans symbol. The Doctor has the all gender symbol which is awesome. My favorite No Gender Assigned card is the line block from Tetris. That’s right, the magical line has its chance of being in love. I paired it with KE$HA once because she just needed some self love which I am sure the line block could give her.
In my house, we try to keep it queer and kink friendly when making the pairings and have even included OT3s which are three-person match-ups.
To win the game you must collect 20 points based on the cards you’ve won. We have two expansion sets, so we have lots of awesome cards to play with. My favorite part, though, is they included a bunch of blank cards to add characters not included. So far we have had to add Thor, Willow, and Black Widow to the set. I mean we need a Thunder God, a Nerd Witch, and the world’s best Russian Spy to be romantically linked to cool people like Lion-O or Optimus Prime.
All and all I recommend this game as a great “have a beer with your friends” game. It doesn’t have the “fuck this shit I am out of here” nastiness that can come up while playing Settlers of Catan. (That’s my sheep, damnit!) It also doesn’t have the potential punching down-ness of Cards against Humanity. (Long live the Nickelback card). Everyone always has the one card that will win any hand. For me Dean Winchester hands down will win any pairing as long as it’s not boring cis-het romance.