Earlier this week, research firm CB Insights published Cards Against Silicon Valley, a card game that bills itself "for horrible tech people." (The game was obviously inspired by Cards Against Humanity, a provocative question and answer game that includes phrases like "some douche with an acoustic guitar.")
The rules, in the Silicon Valley version of the game, require one player to become the "Marc Andreessen"--the dealer, effectively--who plays question cards and then gives a "$10 million round of funding" to the player with his or her favorite answer. For example, Andreessen might ask: "What keeps Fred Wilson up at night?" to which you might respond, "Passive-aggressive tweetstorms" or "Peter Thiel's freezer of Millennial blood."
The game is a PR stunt for CB Insights. The New York City-based research firm that tracks the venture capital industry isn't actually selling the game. Users who navigate to the Cards Against Silicon Valley site are invited to sign up for the company's newsletter. They're then promised to be alerted sometime within the next four weeks, as to where they can download a full pack of cards.
So far, the game seems to be more of a hit among Silicon Valley tech writers than techies themselves. Forbes's Alex Konrad recently thanked the company in a tweet for "ruining my birthday for all my normal friends," whileRecode'sJohana Bhuiyan responded:
Others in the community seemed less than impressed, taking to Hacker News:
"[This] comes across like a 'me too' marketing opportunity. Can anyone speak to the quality?" wrote one user. Another pointed out that another parody, called Disrupt Cards, already exists. The developers behind Disrupt Cards charge $25 for a set, according to the website.
CB Insights' co-founder and CEO, Anand Sanwal, has downplayed the seriousness of the game. "This was a fun side project out of our hack day last September," Sanwal wrote on the message board, adding that it was "obviously" inspired by Cards Against Humanity. "The reaction has been great, but this is not a biz for us," he said.