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Friday, April 19, 2019

Former Florida men are crowdfunding a Florida Man card game

Posted By on Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 4:29 PM

Florida Man, notorious for his nutty and illicit adventures, is now a card game.

This Cards Against Humanity-style game uses headlines inspired by real Florida Man news stories and lets you fill in the blanks:

"Florida Man breaks into home, steals (blank), poops on (blank), and falls asleep on (blank)."

David Ritchie and Dave Piser, who co-own the comic book store Secret Headquarters in Los Angeles, created a Kickstarter page to raise money to produce the game. With a goal of $15,000, they have already raised over $11,000.

On the Kickstarter website, there are different levels of pledges you can donate. The basic $25 pledge gets you the core game, while bigger pledges include an expansion pack and other things, like a Florida Man custom koozie pack.

Ritchie and Piser aren't just two California guys cashing in on the plight of Florida Man. They both used to live in Florida, and met each other in high school near Fort Lauderdale. They moved out to California and started Secret Headquarters about 14 years ago.

"We realize [nutty news stories] aren't only Florida, it's because Florida has specific laws that make us able to know about this kind of stuff," Ritchie said. "But it's also crazy down there – the alligators walking around, the panthers on the highway, the peacocks in the backyard. It's not like that anywhere else."

Ritchie got the idea for the game around Thanksgiving last year.

"I was preparing for the week and probably also going through Florida Man headlines and just laughing at that stuff, like we do normally on a regular basis," Ritchie said. "For some reason it just made sense – a way to incorporate it into some kind of game. I just jotted down a bunch of headlines on scraps of paper and we played this thing just to see what happened. And it made sense. From there, we met every weekend until we hammered it out."

There's one month left on the crowdfunding campaign, and then the packages will be sent out to those who gave money. After that, Ritchie will sell the game at Secret Headquarters and other comic book stores around Los Angeles. Eventually he hopes to have the game in stores throughout the U.S.

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