This new death positive card game promises to turn morbid curiosity into a delightful group discussion about human mortality.
The death positive movement has been gaining steam for years, working to transform the taboos of mortality into something positive and personal. A new card game called Morbid Curiosity (currently on Kickstarter) is a great way to start the conversation in a society where we have become so incredibly detached from the inevitable.
Kimberly Mead, a grief and trauma therapist from Austin, puts it best in the press release:
When asked “Why a game about death?” creator Kimberley Mead said “It’s the biggest mystery there is and honestly, we’re fascinated by it, obsessed even.” When then asked “but doesn’t thinking and talking about death so much depress you?” she answered “Actually it does the opposite, it helps me fear death less and enjoy living more. I think of it like this, we are all in a relationship with Death whether we like it or not, and we should be on speaking terms. So why not kick off your shoes, sit down, and spend a little time getting to know Death better.”
The game consists of 156 trivia and conversation cards (printed with an elegantly illustrated Death’s-head moth) designed to let people “look at death while having a good time with friends” with questions like “How was Alexander the Great’s body preserved?” and “Would you consider leaving your body to science or a body farm?”
I’m particularly excited about the expansion pack in the works called the Undertaker’s Deck.
The Kickstarter campaign runs until October 6th. Check out it out right here.