The first episode in our Local Makers series features Mixtape: The Song & Scenario Card Game, and we sat down with Joel, the game's creator, to talk about his inspiration for the party game.
It's a little bit like Cards Against Humanity and Apples to Apples: there are scenarios provided, and it's up to party game participants to bring the creativity. For example: one of the cards says "You just won the $60 million dollar lottery. What song plays as you go to pick up your check?" In the game, players provide (and play!) a song they think fits the scenario. Unlike Cards Against Humanity it isn't impossible to play with your parents, and unlike Apples to Apples it never gets old (especially not after the first time you play it). It's the perfect party game because it can take so many different shapes and forms (there are quite a few "game plays" you can choose from).
In our off-pod conversation with Joel, he told us that one of his inspirations for the party game came from a time-old question asked by millions of young children who watched professional wrestling: "What song would play as you entered the ring to pick up your title belt to be Heavyweight Champion of the World?" I wasn't ever a huge wrestling fan, but his muse struck a chord with me: I've often thought and asked friends what their walk-up song would be if they played Major League Baseball (my go-to right now would be "No Problem" by Chance the Rapper).
What I love most about Mixtape: The Song & Scenario Card Game is the organic connections it has the capability to foster. The essence of games is fun and play -- which is why I like playing them at parties so much. It's easy to pass time by sitting around and talking about other people or the mundane details of life. And while conversation can be an art, party games help break the ice and tear down barriers people have. In particular, Mixtape forces people to share music they think about -- a shared experience, something we all have in common as humans. The songs people offer up and share with each other naturally lead to stories they wouldn't usually share or think of. That was the case when I played Mixtape the Game with friends, and if you listen to the podcast, is what happened when Eric and I played it with Joel.