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The Great Debate
The Great Debate
by Evil Otter Games (2020)
Player Count
3 to 20

Player Ages

Playing Time
30 minutes to 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Card Game
  • Party Game
  • Humor
  • Designers
  • (Uncredited)
  • Mechanisms
  • Hand Management
  • Player Judge
  • TRN-11 Random Turn Order
  • Family
  • Crowdfunding: Kickstarter
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    The Great Debate is a mischievously social card game that pits two Debaters at a time against each other to explain why their absurd Reason explains the same Topic within 90 seconds. A winner is selected by the other players, the Jury of Peers.

    The goal of the game is to win 5 points and become the master debater. The full box consist of 500 cards with 160 Topic cards, 320 Reason cards, and 20 Debater and Peer cards.

    Each round the Debater and Peer cards are handed out to randomly identify who is debater 1 and who is debater 2. All other players will become the Jury of Peers and select the argument that feel is best. Both debaters will receive the same Topic such as "Hot Dogs Are A Sandwich". Each debater will then receive a Reason such as "Penguins". The debater will have 90 seconds to explain why the Topic, "Hot Dogs Are A Sandwich" because of, such as, or like the Reason, "Penguins". After each debater goes the Jury of Peers will award a single point to the player's argument they felt was best. After which the next round will begin and new Jury of Peers, Debaters, Topic, and Reasons will be selected.

    Debater 1
    Topic - Hot Dogs Are A Sandwich
    Reason - Penguins
    Is a Penguin a bird? Yes, because it meets the common definition of what is considered a bird. It has feathers, a beak, and lays eggs. Though they can not fly, which is a common trait of a bird, penguins are still birds. The common definition of a sandwich is an item of food consisting of two pieces of bread, in this case a bun, with meat, the hotdog, cheese or other filling between them. Therefore, if a penguin is still a bird, a hotdog is a sandwich if it meets the definition even if it doesn’t appear to.

    -description from publisher

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