Stuff happens to everyone, but a lot of stuff happens to parents. Installing a car seat, 26 hours of labor, and diaper rash to name a few. Which one of those is the absolute worst? Well, in the Stuff Happens Parenting Edition card game, you've got to rank these situations from "eh" to absolute worst. Each situation has been assigned a number on the misery index, so when you're dealt your three cards, you place them face up in numerical order based on the misery index number. It's a scale of woe or your "Lane of Pain". It gives you a frame of reference for where to place other parenting situations, ones for which you won't know the misery index number.
Once each player has built his or her Lane of Pain, you can start the game. On your turn, the player to your right draws a card from the draw pile and reads you the horrible situation on it, but not the misery index number. You must decide where in your lane that situation might fall. Is having $300 in overdue library books worse than diaper rash or is it lower on the scale? If you guess correctly, you win the card and add it to its correct spot in your Lane of Pain. But if you guess incorrectly, the player to your left can steal the card by correctly guessing where it fits in his Lane of Pain.
The first person to earn 10 bad event cards wins the game.
If you're a parent, you'll think this game is pretty funny. It's funny because the content on the cards is true. The game definitely gets communication going between players, so as you're thinking out loud about where an event might fit in your lane, you might also be able to tell everyone just what it feels like when you get a pee-pee fountain facial during a diaper change. And that will help everyone understand why you're placing it where you are in your lane, even if it's not right according to the game. The more cards you collect, the narrower the gaps become in your lane of pain, and this makes the game more challenging. Non-parents can play the game, too. If you play with your teenagers, maybe they'll start cutting you some slack after reading about the terrible but sometimes all-too-real situations they've put you through.
Stuff Happens Parenting Edition is for two or more players ages 13 and up. It will probably have more of an appeal to parents.
The game includes 200 cards and instructions.
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