That's a nice social boundary you've got there.
Would be a shame if something… happened to it.

Filled with inappropriate, deeply controversial, philosophical, and vulnerable inquiries, this deck of unusual questions will keep your night on edge and your relationships queasy.

This is no casual icebreaker deck — use with caution.

If you had to fuck a cow, would you rather it be dead or alive?

What viewpoint is the most difficult for you to empathize with?

Are some human lives worth more than others?

Did your parents do a good job?

What experience, though difficult or painful, would you recommend to everyone?

Does "no" always really mean "no"?

What are the signs that someone really understands you, uniquely?

If everyone in the room were arranged on a spectrum of attractiveness, which two people would you be between?

What viewpoint is the most difficult for you to empathize with?

Are some human lives worth more than others?

Did your parents do a good job?

What difficult or painful experience would you recommend to everyone?

Does "no" always really mean "no"?

What are the signs that someone really understands you, uniquely?

If everyone in the room were arranged on a spectrum of attractiveness, which two people would you be between?

Why

It all started with a thousand twitter polls.

Over the course of three years, Aella compulsively tweeted polls generated from questions brought up in interesting conversations, internet corners, and suggestions from friends, and recorded data about how many likes, retweets, and responses the questions gained.

A process of slow whittling, additional studies, playtesting, and crowdsourced rankings resulted in the top 125 best questions — judged by how provoking, vulnerable, or novel they were.

Askhole is a collection of the top 25 questions from five different categories each, and we hope they will push your dinner party over whatever edge it's teetering on.

How

is just a suggestion, play however you want

The Grid.
For 2-10 people
Place a 5x5 grid of cards face-down on a table, each column consisting of a different color/category. Take turns drawing and answering one card at a time, Jeopardy!-style, until none remain.

Social Mixer
For 10+ people
Everyone draws one question. When you encounter someone, ask them your question, and they ask you theirs. After you both answer, trade questions, move along to a new partner, and repeat.

Askhole
For 3-6 people
Appoint an Askhole. The Askhole draws the same number of cards as there are people in the group (including the Askhole) and, after looking at them, distributes them face down, one per person. One by one, everyone flips their card and answers their question — Askhole included. Then choose a new Askhole and repeat!

Who

Aella

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Having dropped out of Calvinism, college, porn, and the system, man, Aella now follows her fashionable levels of autism straight into the warm, forgiving strategy of compulsively asking everyone the same question at parties.
She enjoys ballroom dancing, designing traffic intersections, and being the universe.

Hrothgar

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Having dropped out of Oxford, suburbia, and three jobs in a row, Hrothgar is now somehow managing to successfully fill out paperwork and stretch the horizons of the Askhole.
Hrothgar enjoys doing psychedelics, crossword puzzles, and anybody who likes Leonard Cohen.

What

On Sale.

Askhole Deck Preorder

125-card deck travel size

Preorders expected to ship in late June
Limited quantity available

$20.00
$20.00
Details

Preorder the 125-card travel deck featuring 5 categories:

Sex and Relationships: Questions that probe into our norms around sex and the way we handle love
Sad: A look into the vulnerable and painful parts of ourselves
Controversial: Dangerous questions that enter the grey areas of politics and cultural norms
Thoughtful: Philosophical thought experiments to challenge your frameworks
Personal: A look into your identity and meaningful hidden treasures from your life story

Dimensions
  • Length (in): 1.5
  • Height (in): 2.6
  • Width (in): 1.7

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