Mondays are Mandays — Social Experiment Gaming

Stack the Deck

Most card games rely on random luck of the draw to create challenge and excitement, and though you’re free to shuffle our games, I highly recommend you stack the deck. That’s because our games are designed to playfully push social boundaries, and taking someone out of their comfort zone is best done incrementally. Both the Wingman and M@NDAYS starter packs have questions that range from casual conversation to deeply personal, and when you’re meeting someone new, starting with a deeply personal question can sometimes make people uncomfortable, creating the opposite effect of what you intended.

When...


Why the .5?

Why the .5?

Some of the cards in each starter pack instruct players to set an over/under ending in .5 for the number of instances of something, which leads many new players to ask, “why the .5?” The .5 is a critical component in establishing an over/under prediction because in most instances, it forces a prediction to be either over or under a particular threshold.

Let’s say the dealer flips the Piercings card from the top of the M@NDAYS deck. Players begin by setting an over/under ending in .5 for the number of piercings they predict the dealer’s ever...


Enhance Your M@NDAYS Experience with Rewards and Consequences

Enhance Your M@NDAYS Experience with Rewards and Consequences

After playing the first few games of the original M@NDAYS prototype, we began to notice a competitive spirit emerging within our group. We wanted to raise the stakes, so we started rewarding the winner of each game by buying their shot, covering the cost of their meal, and eventually splitting their entire tab. Well, it worked. Our games became very competitive and even more memorable, but the rewards soon began to escalate beyond our budgets, which led us to start experimenting with consequences for losing.

I drafted a deck of consequences called “Man Cards” from which...


Our First Manday

Our First Manday

In November of 2014, I reconnected with friends that I hadn’t seen in years. Life has a way of separating people because meaningful relationships require effort. It becomes easy to neglect friendships when the demands of daily life occupy much of your time, so we made a commitment to each other to set aside one day per week to foster our friendship. It was then that we declared Monday our Manday.

On that first night, we spent most of our time reliving memories from the past. We reveled in the tales from our glory days, but...