TableSpreadThis past week I had the pleasure of playing Slash: Romance Without Boundaries with members of the cast of Slash: Burlesque Romance Without Boundaries, including the professor of nerdlesque herself, Jo Jo Silletto. We met for an evening of lovely beverages, bawdy humor, and light, nerdy competition at Raygun Lounge (game store/play space and friend of the Nerdhole).

Slash (the game) works a lot like Apples to Apples or Cards Against Humanity. Every card contains a character from (mostly nerdy) fiction/pop culture/tv/film, along with their gender, source, and a short description. When it’s your turn, you pick a card from your hand and ask the other players to pick a partner for your character. And that’s pretty much it. If you’re playing “casual fling” then everyone just turns their cards in upside down and you pick your favorite. If you’re playing “hardcore” then you’ll ask the other players to convince you of their choice with a sweet story or torrid tale. (This is really the best way to play.)

For example I had a card featuring Bob and Linda Belcher of Bob’s Burgers, who were looking for a third. Although there was a compelling case for Princess Peach I couldn’t deny that the Belchers would most likely hit it off with Liz Lemon, probably just doin’ it while Liz ate burgers and watched. And that’s how you play Slash.

At the moment, the whimsical card game is entirely sold out. If you want to purchase your own copy of Slash, the only way to do that is to attend Slash, the nerdlesque event, where you can also purchase the special expansion pack made just for the event! Or—if you can’t make the event or wait for the game to come back into print—you can print your own copy from Slash‘s web site.

Slash: Burlesque Romance Without Boundaries takes place on Friday, February 13, 2015 at Re-Bar in Seattle.

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Who will win? Ariel Echo judges the options as (l-r) Zan, Eddie Van Glam, Scarlett O'Hairdye and Bol t'Action look on.
Who will win? Ariel Echo judges the options as (l-r) Zan, Eddie Van Glam, Scarlett O’Hairdye and Bolt Action look on.