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Play This Shakespeare-Inspired Card Game at Your Next Soiree


The following is from the May 19, 2016, edition of Mental Floss. Tim Cassedy is an assistant professor of English at SMU.

May 25, 2016

By Kirstin Fawcett

Bards Dispense ProfanityIf you’re a recovering English major with a debauched mind, then bawdy, literary-inspired word prompt games are likely more your speed than Apples to Apples. That’s why there's Bards Dispense Profanity

The Shakespeare-themed group party activity contains 100 "mock-serious" prompts and 375 answers copied word-for-word from Shakespeare’s works. Each player receives seven quote cards, which they use to anonymously finish an open-ended prompt. A “Profanity Judge” chooses the best (read: the dirtiest and/or most hilarious) one. Then the next player serves as arbitrator and the process begins anew.

Bards Dispense Profanity is the successor to Dick, another literary card game, inspired by Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Both are the creations of a team headed by Tim Cassedy, an assistant literature professor at Southern Methodist University. Cassedy’s new creation will contain 20 of players’ favorite prompt cards from Dick—and likely all of its ribald humor.

Bards Dispense Profanity works best with four or more players. You can purchase it online for $19.99.