The Hygge Game

The Hygge Game is a tabletop card game that encourages “cozy conversation in pleasant company.” The game consists of 110 cards, each containing three open-ended questions, such as, “Do genius and madness go hand in hand?” or “What product do you think people will still use in 500 years from now?” Players can use these cards to start both deep and lighthearted discussions about life.

‘Hygge’ is a Danish word that loosely translates as “cozy contentment.” I’d say that about two-third of the questions in the deck foster “cozy contentment”; the other third of the questions, while fostering thought-provoking conversation, might also cause more conflict and controversy than contentment. Questions such as “Do you want your organs to be donated when you die?” or “Which deceased relative do you miss the most?” might be better suited for an evening where you want to broach philosophical conversations – they might not be the best questions for, say, a casual game at a birthday party. Personally, if I was planning to play this game at a fun event, I would probably just go through the deck ahead of time and black out any sensitive questions with a permanent marker. Most of the questions are not dark or serious in nature, and your group of friends can certainly have a fun time discussing interesting questions in the deck, such as, “If you were invisible, what is the first thing you would do?” or “What would you do if you won the lottery?”

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