Do you like card games? Do you like being evil? Is Cards Against Humanity too tame for you? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then you might want to check out Ultimate League of Evil, currently live on Kickstarter. Sit down (or stand) and take 5 with Clint, the evil mastermind behind this new card game.
What are you watching right now? As both a self-confessed burger fan and lover of H. Jon Benjamin, I’ve been watching a lot of Bob’s Burgers lately. Though admittedly it’s largely background noise with the occasional distraction in the form of launching Self-Destructing Mech’s into the enemy spawn with D.Va in Overwatch. If I’m being completely honest? I have roughly 4 screens running around me at any one time. Listening to synthwave on Spotify, laughing at the Boneyard Arcade crew on Youtube or doing my best to keep up with Netflix, my consumption of media is an insatiable witch that must constantly be fed.
Who or what is Ultimate League of Evil? Why is it important? The Ultimate League of Evil started as just a silly idea to poke fun at all
the everyday jerks we encounter in life. Sadly, before I knew it there were over 500 everyday villains, disgusting descriptors and horrible acts
that could be used. In my first game, The Ultimate Drinking Game, after we successfully funded in the first two days, I really went to work on what was important to me.
In UDG, you have to think before you drink. It’s all about being mindful and making sure you’re keeping track of what you’re drinking and when. Many think it’s just about “getting drunk”, but the winner is actually designed to be the person who can be the most responsible (and clever) with their play.
In Ultimate League of Evil, I’m again trying to convey a message that might not necessarily be visible at first glance. Generally, we’re all good people, just trying to get by in the world. In Ultimate League of Evil though, you get to walk a mile in the footsteps of the sociopathic. The kind of sick and depraved individuals that wouldn’t replace the toilet roll
when they’re done or would tweet nuclear war threats at a rival nation.
I wanted to highlight the horrible jerks and terrible people we encounter every day. Whilst it may be funny to point out these people, with the games tongue-in-cheek attitude towards these evil deeds, it’s really about shining a light on horrible behaviour. You have to argue in this game for why it’s an eviler thing to do or be when compared to another’s submission at the table. It forces you to analyse your actions and hopefully, if you feel attacked, change them. Keep your evil inside the League!
Apart from your game what should everyone be looking out for in local
Australian Pop Culture? These days it seems like anyone can create a channel and a fan base with the resources available to them.
Few though I’ve noticed manage to go the distance and really stick at the grind to build a fantastic community of followers like Boneyard Arcade, Lucky, Grimm, Josh and Chloe are honestly some of the nicest and hardest working individuals rising in the pop-culture scene of Australia today and it’s very exciting to be tagging along for the ride.
Also, people should check out more local comic artists like Cameron Davis of Rose Comic. And yes, I’m aware of the irony that a guy who made a game with a card that reads, “My Gaping A**hole” is advocating for such wholesome content.
Major prediction for Pop Culture 12 months from now? Without a question, to me, one of the most exciting times in gaming is the impending blur of table-top and video games. I’m a huge Dungeons & Dragons nerd and for me, interactive and digital tables bring such an amazing vibrance and immersion to any session you play.
The reality though is that these virtual table tops have only brushed the surface. I can’t wait to see something TRULY large scale, with wargamers playing out their battles on huge tables, complete with digitized explosions and sound effects around them. Yes, it’s great to get off the computer and as a tabletop games developer, I encourage everyone I meet to take some time away from the screen, but hey… You can’t fight progress 🙂
Best last thing you ate? I just ate a plate of bacon and used a jar of peanut butter as a dipping sauce. I’m not proud, but I’m not ashamed either.