Being the basis for a board game was not Rob Delaney's ultimate career goal. For that matter, it wasn't even on his radar.
“It was not my idea,” the L.A. comedian says of Rob Delaney's War of Words, his new board game. “I mean, I'm very happy that it exists, but it's sort of one of those things that never occurred to me that I could be involved with.”
But it did occur to All Things Equal, the board game company behind Loaded Questions and the Awkward Family Photos game. So they reached out to Delaney to create a hybrid word game — with the prolific Twitter user's tweets and other jokes as the primary material.
Delaney says that the size and number of his tweets make them a good fit for a wordplay-based game. “They're little situations, little stories, little worlds,” Delaney says. “I've become used to creating scenarios and images in tiny little chunks that, cumulatively now, there's many thousands.”
The game, which is described as “very adult” in promotional materials, has players use Delaney's tweets and jokes either as fill-in-the-blank responses or as prompts to ask questions — blending elements of other board games like Loaded Questions (which tests your knowledge of other players' opinions), the card game War and Mad Libs.
Delaney, who said he's embraced Twitter (to the tune of over 15,000 tweets and 870,000-plus followers) because it forces him to become more deft with use of language, says he actually had “very little” to do with the preparation of the game beyond said tweets. “They took that raw material and plugged into a game framework, because they know what they're doing,” he says.
Delaney says he loves playing board games, including Trivial Pursuit and Bananagrams (“That's not a board game, but I'm gonna say it anyway”). Still, don't expect him to break out War of Words at his next party.
“That would be pretty similar to me saying to party guests, 'Hey, would you like to watch me masturbate?'” he jokes. “And while there might be a few guests who'd like to see that, I would at a certain point not be comfortable.”
“I don't want to smear a bunch of my own jokes out on the table,” he says. “But that's just because I'm modest and have excellent manners.”