The expansion is being funded through Kickstarter by Long Islander Michael Sarrantonio, who’s seeking $1000 for production. Backers will get first dibs at the new 54-card pack, which features questions like “What does the R train smell like?” and answers that include “the ghost of Biggie Smalls” and “Gentrification.” He’s also created Long Island and NYC themed expansions. And if you pledge $50, you can send Sarrantonio your own idea for a card. “If it sucks, I’ll send you your money back,” he wrote.
Players start in Williamsburg, where they’re priced out, and travel along the board in order to reach more affordable digs in Bushwick. Van Damme has actually been working on the game for nine years, long before the current boom in Bushwick real estate, but he’s worked to keep the board up to date. According to the inside of the box, the version at the Boobie Trap is the 2014 version. The rules are fairly simple: Each player has an “avatar” that moves along the board (you can choose between a toy soldier, a pawn, a Care Bear, and a NYC condom, among other pieces). You roll the dice to advance along the board, collecting or losing “nuggs” (pennies) and drawing cards that give you instructions. There’s a good deal of drinking involved, and a “cocaine rail” set of rules that makes the game go extra fast. There’s also a version in which players gradually lose their clothes, for the advanced board game set.