Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers

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Punderdome is “a card game for pun lovers” created by the father-daughter team Fred and Jo Firestone. Mashable.com calls it a “Punderful card game [that] will replace Cards Against Humanity at your next party,” although Punderdome bears little resemblance to Cards Against Humanity.

The directions for Punderdome, as included in the instruction manual, are as follows:

“First Prompter draws two cards and reads one Quick Pun question. Player who responds quickest with a pun wins 30 extra seconds for the Prompt Round to follow. Prompter flips the cards, reads Green (situations) and White (Topics). Players have 90 seconds to write down a single pun (word/phrase/sentence) that combined both topics and then give to the Prompter. Prompter chooses best pun and awards that player that round’s Green and White Cards. The winner becomes the new Prompter – rounds continue until one team/player has ten pairs of cards.”

Personally, I would prefer playing games such as Apples to Apples or Whoonu; neither incorporate puns, but they are both great card-based party games. However, if you are interested in Punderdome, the reviewer Eric Brodie gave a great alternative way to play the game. He says, “My 3 friends and I sat in a circle, drew green and white cards, and looked at them until we had a puns. When we had one, we’d lay down our cards and say whatever silly thing we’d come up with – or if we couldn’t come up with one, we’d draw new ones, no big deal! We were whipping through the deck quick as could be. About 50% of our jokes were funny, but we didn’t care. It was quick, mentally stimulating, and really funny (with plenty of good pun-groans).”

You can find Punderdome here.

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