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Party Game Review: ‘Personally Incorrect’

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“Fill in the blank” games are as old as parties themselves, but they have been rediscovered in the past few years to great new popularity. There is the classic Apples 2 Apples, and Cards Against Humanity kicked up the play to a hilarious new level, perhaps crossing the line of decency. Personally Incorrect from Lion Rampant Imports not only crosses the line—it buries the line in contaminated dust as it runs by streaking.

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Personally Incorrect is one of the few party games to come with a warning label in red bold caps and marked with stars: “If you are easily offended, this game is not for you.” Some Answer cards may require players to pause and check the Urban Dictionary to find their meaning, which will certainly be an eyebrow-raising learning experience. Other Answers are fairly tame or simply silly, but, overall, they are the most scandalous cards of any game out there.

As with other blank-filling games, Personally Incorrect comes with Question and Answer decks. Each player receives ten Answer cards with potentially shocking nouns like “Creepy Old Men,” “Strippers,” or others that will not be included here. Beginning with, according to the rules, “the biggest jerk at the table” (to be determined by vote if necessary), players pick a fellow “victim” and read question cards such as “Insert Name really wants a Christmas filled with _____ this year.” Picking a jerk and using another player’s name sets the aggressively comical tone for each round, and then the Answer cards make a seemingly innocent sentence into something oh so wrong.

Unique gameplay sets Personally Incorrect apart from the herd. Most games have players take turns being the “judge” and the other players trying to appease them. In Personally Incorrect, each player receives a Voting Token; the rules suggest pocket change, but it could be anything to follow themes of bachelor or bachelorette parties. Once all of the Answer cards are laid out, each player votes on the best with a Token and cannot vote for themselves. The last vote does not count, meaning players have to race rather than sitting back to plot. Ties are broken by sudden-death rounds with everyone voting. At the end of ten Questions, the player with the most wins is the victor. This voting method creates much more open play as everyone constantly seeks to make everyone else laugh the hardest.

Personally Incorrect is for four to ten players or two or three players with specialized rules. The age recommendation is eighteen and up, and they do mean eighteen. To include younger or more sensitive players, the Answer deck could be prepared ahead of time by shedding the most explicit cards. Otherwise, include the whole set for an unforgettable night of outrageous laughter. Individual games of ten Questions are very quick, so players may find themselves being incorrect over and over again.

Three out of five stars

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About Jeff Provine

Jeff Provine is a Composition professor, novelist, cartoonist, and traveler of three continents. His latest book is a collection of local ghost legends, Campus Ghosts of Norman, Oklahoma.
  • Rose Kriedemann

    It’s so right to be wrong! The review is so bang on!

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