What?!? Oh... "The Game of Couples Banter" is a conversational card game that playfully and ridiculously recreates the 'loving' banter that most couples share. Quibbling becomes a joke and silliness a distraction. Up to 4 players create a conversation on the fly using phrase and action cards from their hand, each round starting with a randomly chosen Emotion, Setting, and off-hand Comment. What?!? Oh... is a game of easy improv where the sport of talking meets the challenge of listening.
What?!? Oh... started as a simple, experimental mechanic where players could generate a conversation simply by playing back and forth phrase cards from their hand. After throwing away various game mechanics that impeded the flow of conversation, I found that listening in and of itself was a tricky game. The removal of 'memorable/funny' cards and the addition of fill-in-the-blanks vastly improved the games replay ability. Randomly chosen Starter Emotions, Settings, and Comments were added in time to not only start the game with a laugh and a concrete scene, but to ensure that no conversation would ever be the same twice.