Be A Tough Doorman With This Berghain-Themed Card Game
The infamous Berlin club that pays less in taxes after being dubbed a "high culture" venue now has its own card game. As if its reputation could become any more bona fide, the game dedicated to Berghain's strict door policy and mega-exclusive status.
Berghain ze Game offers players the chance to become the club's prolific hard-nosed doormen like Sven Marquardt, who's made a career for himself for rejecting so many people from the institution.
Founded by Swedish designers Alexander Kandiloros and Joakim Bergkvist, the game asks players to let in the right mix of clubbers to keep the vibe just right – no tacky Berlin-dwellers allowed as you're graded on how valuable your guests are. The winner is the player with the most points and an empty queue. The founders explain:
"In Berghain ze Game, your job is to let the right people into legendary Berlin techno club Berghain. Take turns as the most powerful man in Germany and learn more about gay culture in the process!"
The cards hold nothing back with bold illustrations of stereotypical clubbers including Hipsters, Gimps, Bloggers, Fag Hags, College Kids, Leather Daddies, Narcs, Bears, Cubs, Stoners, Club Kids and more. The game's action cards are equally surreal and fucked up; they include 'K-Hole', 'God is Dead', 'Who Let That Guy In?' and 'Elbows'.
It's not just about who you let in though – Kandiloros and Bergkvist want players to learn about gay culture while they're at it. The most valuable cards are the "gay" characters, which are pink and worth more points. Considering Berghain is traditionally a gay venue, this makes all the sense.
So far the game's testers only have good reviews, with the most positive being, "A gayer and less bloody Guillotine - but somehow more cutthroat!" Another claimed the game is "a fun and simple concept that is easy to learn and fast to play." Perfect, considering how hard it is to access the actual nightclub.
Hoping to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter by the end of the year, the Berghain ze Game founders are holding out for the right retail deal which won't censor the game.
Until then, you'd better just wait in line. Watch the teaser for Berghain ze Game below.
By Lydia Morrish, publish on 12/10/2016