What is The Shame of Life?
A game that gets players to answer a series of absurd questions, designed to lower inhibitions, make great conversations and ultimately beat the shame of life.
We had so much fun playing this. I think our daughter and her fiance wished they didn’t know so much about us now! Lol
The perfect Christmas gift for my brother in law, however it turns out some of the questions are not really suitable for parents… who knew?! Oh wait, you guys did, I did, we all did. So we read them out anyway and embraced the blushing embarrassment.
Feeds my warped sense of humour!
I’m afraid you’ve unleased a beast here! We’ve had the best time with this game and it’s going to keep us entertained for years!! Absolutely love it! It’s certainly not for the squeamish, faint-hearted, or easily offended and that makes it all the better!
Funny and original
Played over zoom on nye (what could be more 2020?) We were crying with laughter at some of the cards, although I will say some of the ‘debate’ cards were more of a ‘unanimous agreement’ card which cut those discussions pretty short. But the ‘would you rather your sneezes sound like farts or your farts sound like sneezes’ was the highlight of the evening.
I ordered this for my son for his birthday. Shipped to the USA and was received well before his birthday (SO QUICK)! He thinks it’s great.
When conversation is king
The Shame of Life is a fabulous family game… as long as your family are over 16 and don’t mind some awkward but hilarious conversation. The game can last as long as you want it to. Some cards can inspire conversation that lasts 30 minutes yet some cards are 1 word answers. I can’t recommend this game enough. It’s amazing!!!
Brilliantly awful game
A very well received gift which was played straight away and ensued barrels of laughter and a three hour delay to our Christmas Day walk. Unputdownable. Brilliant!
Absolute best card game available!
Really fun game
Do not play with in laws
Thank fuck for Covid. This game is hilarious you really get to know who has the sickest inner dialogue in life. Could have done with twice as many cards though
My 76 year old Mother In Law has always presented as a polite, reserved and somewhat reticent character…. until we played this game as a family at Christmas. Perhaps it was the wine, perhaps it was the four glasses of Baileys or perhaps it was the fact that lockdown has us all prepared to take risks. Whatever it was that woman surprised, nay shocked, us all with her random, disgusting and divinely humorous answers. I will never be able to look at a Baileys bottle without blushing again…
Highly recommend this for those boozy get togethers- laughing til your cheeks hurt
Fab drinking game!
A fantastic game to play drunk! Due to the lockdown we all decided to stay home for Christmas Day. I sent pictures of the cards to my family and then we all got together online. I have been traumatised by some of my brother-in-laws answers and will never be able to look him in the eye again! Thanks for such a fun evening, well worth every penny!
Side splittingly funny
This was bought as a gift, so I only got one go at playing. Just brilliant. Be prepared to be unable to read out the cards because you cannot speak for laughing.
What a great fun game, a few drinks and a warped sense of humour are definitely needed but still crying from the laughter! 🍻😂🍻
We played this game with our grandchildren ( after removing some of the more unsuitable cards obviously), we had such a laugh and a couple of nearly sensible discussions. Well worth the money, it kept us entertained for a couple of hours
Played with 3 older teens, hilarious and definitely our new favourite!
Some silly, weird and funny debates have been had.
Will be buying expansion packs!
Looks like a great game
It’s a present, now it will be opened sometime in 2021! I’d be glad to update you when I find out! Speedy delivery, great value.
Great game! I would suggest playing when merry with alcohol so all those inhibitions are lost and the dark recesses of your mind are reached!
High quality product
Super fast service. Very easy to order. Looks so much fun, I can’t wait to play over Christmas with my family. Thank you.
The People Behind the Game
The Shame of Life was created by a soon-to-be-wed couple, Gareth Breeze and Emily D’Andrea. Emily, a graphic designer, and Gareth, an ecommerce professional and writer, pooled their skills to build the game from the ground-up outside of their day jobs, in their little kitchen in Moss Side, Manchester.
Why Make The game?
Every minute someone, somewhere is second guessing what they’re about to say. We’re all guilty of it: worrying it’s too weird, too dumb, too dark, or any of a thousand things that will shame us into silence. Gareth, who suffers from OCD, spent a large part of his life doing just that, until he met Emily and together they created a game to celebrate the weird, dumb and dark we all have inside.
How the Brand Developed
The Science of Shame
Using a combination of live play tests and surveys, Gareth and Emily built up a bank of shame-invoking questions. You might not think it, but behind every ridiculous question, there’s a cocktail of spreadsheet formulas, API connections and pivot tables.
In January of 2018, they took the concept to the public, ahead of a spring Kickstarter launch. The questions, often photographed on oversized cards and held around Manchester, received a huge response by Facebook users. Over the months hundreds of people came to their page every week, to debate topics like what would be the most inappropriate movie to remake as a porno.
By the time of the Kickstarter, they had amassed thousands of Facebook followers and mailing list subscribers. The fans of the game fled to Kickstarter the moment it was launched and met the £3,000 fundraising target within 8 hours, trebling to £10,000 worth of pre-orders by the end of the campaign.
FUN FACT: Not only did the science of shame provide a better understanding of shame, but it also gave them the high honour of being the first people to ever use the phrases ‘VLOOKUP’ and ‘classiest tattoo for a baby’ in the same sentence.