Welcome to the home page for my new collectable card game, “Frauds, Idiots and Loonies”.
This page will show a complete set of all the cards that have so far been released. Feel free to download them, print them off and use them completely free of charge and without any copyright obligations.
The rules are very simple – the cards are divided between two or more players, and the leader is selected randomly. Then whoever is leader secretly glances at his top card, and chooses one of the attributes of the person portrayed on it. The other player(s) then must compare the scores on their top cards with that of the leader, and the one with the highest score wins all the cards in that round. Any player reduced to no cards is out of the game. This continues until one player has all the cards, and she is the winner.
Cards are all 180×266 pixels, and are provided as JPEG files. In order to play the game, I suggest you print them off in colour on thick paper or card, and then laminate them. Laminating machines are quite cheap and will make the cards last a great deal longer.
Here’s what the scores on the card mean:
- Stupidity – The higher the number, the more stupid the individual is. Remember, often people perpetrating frauds are actually very clever and they know that what they say is wrong, so a low number here (meaning ‘not very stupid’) doesn’t mean they’re a good person, or that they have a chance of being right.
- Evil – The higher the number, the more evil the person. Note that I don’t actually believe in ‘evil’ in the religious sense, so my interpretation here is that a high number means that someone is more likely to ignore the suffering others for personal gain. Think of it like ‘selfishness’.
- Craziness – Some people aren’t evil, they’re just plain nuts. A higher score here means that the person has more of the signs of severe delusion, paranoia or other mild to moderate mental illness.
- Danger – Analyses the risk that this person poses to the population at large, either directly or through deception, such as giving damaging advice. This applies to finances as well as health, or simply to the long-term future of reason and progress.
- Comedy – The higher the mark here, the funnier it is to listen to this person spout his or her crazy theories. To evaluate this score, I try to ignore the potential that this advice has for damage (see above).
- Wealth – The higher the number, the more money this person has managed to make from a combination of fraud, deception and craziness. People who sell lots of books do well here, which is pretty much everyone in the list, it turns out. Hmm… very suspicious.
If you have any suggestions for how to improve this card game, or for personalities you’d like to see, then feel free to add a comment, or email me at the usual address. Bear in mind that I have a long list of people I’d like to put on cards, so be prepared to wait a while for your favourite suggestion to make an appearance.