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About Affinity Games

Welcome to Affinity Games.

Affinity Games (the company and the games themselves) is (are) first and foremost a provocation. We are working to connect people in ways that modern forms of relating/games have failed to produce. We are not really interested in JUST helping people make new connections in their lives, we are hoping for real honest-to-goodness change in how people relate to one another and to themselves.

Our current systems are continually breaking down and perpetually needing to be "bailed out," as it were. Such systems are not ones that can or should be saved. We are largely talking about capitalism and representative democracy but specifically how those systems grind us down and attempt to isolate us. There are other and better forms of (self) organization that we should be putting our efforts into rather than trying to reform and save the best worst system.

This goes the same for games.

Now do not get us wrong, we love a lot of games, we grew up playing games. While there is a lot about gaming and games we love, there is also a lot that is missing, that is not working for a lot of people, that we could be doing better, or far more differently.

They say, "write the book that you want to read."

Well, we are trying to make the games that we want to play, but that don't yet exist.

With that in mind, we made the game Fellowship of Fools: The (Friendship) Game, winner of Meaningful Play's People's Choice Award in 2018. FoF is a card game that is based on the Tarot, it takes the self-reflection of the Tarot and tries encourage self-reflective single-player play and to turn that outward to facilitate meaningful interactions with players. To help players connect by talking about themselves, their past, their possible futures, through sharing and making stories, acting, co-creating role-playing campaigns and more. We have developed over a dozen ways to play the game, with one-player, two-player, and multi-player types of play. We encourage players to fool around with the game, to submit their own suggestions for card prompts and new ways to play. We have followed this up with Fellowship of Fools: The (Romance) Game and Fellowship of Fools: The (Sexuality) Game. The next decks planned are Fellowship of Fools: The (Kink) Game and Fellowship of Fools: The (Community) Game. 



The games that we want to make, that we are making, are games that help players share their stories, create stories, have real connections, build meaningful relationships, learn from others' knowledge and experiences, develop self-knowledge and personal autonomy as well as interdependence, and finally that help players take meaningful action together.

Our most recent game HAZMAT: Hazardous Masculinity, released in January 2020, is aimed at "precarious" performances of masculinity, and centered on the ancient Greek form of ethical meditation described by Michel Foucault. We plan on also developing a HAZMAT: Hazardous Femininity deck and HAZMAT: Hazardous Queerness deck as well. 



These are Affinity Games.


About us:

Affinity Games is one-part Hermi(one) Banger, one-part Casey O'Donnell and a whole lotta parts queer, magick, Anarchist, games, words and whatever we wind up waving our wands at.

Hermi(one) Banger is no Hermione Granger. They are a Slytherin-Ravenclaw hybrid, or Slytherclaw. They are a queer non-binary witch, writer, farmer, and game developer living in the Midwest of the USA.

Casey O'Donnell is a queer professor, game developer and writer living in a state with water on three sides but does not benefit from being close to the ocean.




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This would be amazing! We really want to hire a graphic artist to queer up/diversify the art of the FoF, this would help us be able to do so.
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