Card Game Review: Don’t Be That Guy

There’s a brand new Kickstarter out there, and its designer, William Meyer, was kind enough to send a copy of this new game to review.

Don’t Be That Guy is a casual party game, in the style of Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity. It’s best played with a group of people you know really, really well, and who don’t mind being called out on their bad behavior, because that’s what this game’s all about. During the game, one person draws a card off the pile. It could be “You’re never asked to babysit after teaching the child a new word,” or “Your pranks involve the police or cause more than $500 in damages.” The players then all vote on who at the table would be most likely to be “That guy.” This, of course, facilitates lots of discussion, arguments and demuring.

As I said before, you’re going to want to make sure you’re playing with a group of friends who won’t be offended at you calling them out on their shit. While Cards Against Humanity can offend someone’s sensibilities, Don’t Be That Guy can offend that person personally.

That being said, I had a ton of fun with this game! Whether being accused of being That Guy when “you ‘forget’ your wallet when it’s your turn to pay,” or accusing your best friend of being That Guy when “you take all the items from a buffet plate when it first comes out,” the game is a lot of fun, and gets very loud.

Of course, if you want to avoid offending your friends, you can play with their variant rule, which suggests you play as different people. Pretend to be your favorite celebrity, play as characters from Teletubbies, or the Avengers. I like this variant, but, frankly, I much prefer everyone to play themselves.

The artwork on the game is really entertaining, often being more elaborate and off the wall than the descriptions on the cards. The quality of the box could be a little better, but I hope that the final release will have fixed that.

If you’re looking for a fun, light party game to kick off your game nights with, go check out their Kickstarter and consider backing it.

And remember: Don’t be That Guy.

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