Guess what? There’s a tabletop card game in the works where the mechanic of gameplay involves rooting through the trash and finding more valuable discarded objects than your opponents. Only…not literally.
Dumpster Diver is the name of the game, and it’s being crowdfunded on Kickstarter as we speak. The trash takes the form of cards, and series creator Megacon Games boasts that each round can be played very quickly, “in less than 30 minutes.”
Over the course of a round, players accumulate and protect cards through choice, buying, and diving. At the end of a round, players try to create “hands” to earn victory points.
Players create hands from the trash found during each round. Each item carries the theme from the room it is a part of. The base game of Dumpster Diver has 6 rooms. Rooms contain 10 cards. Players lay down Rooms (matching cards) or Assortments (non-matching cards). Players need at least three cards to play a room or assortment.
Victory points are awarded throughout the game for playing rooms and assortments, including any extra victory points for the bonus VP card in play. During the final round, victory points are also awarded for money.
The goal is to have the most victory points at the end of the game.
As you can see, the prices are very true to life. College textbooks used longer than two days are worth almost nothing. But a Major Award is quite the prize. Whose unappreciative wife threw that one out?
In related news, Toei has announced the creation of a 52-episode Dumpster Diver anime series, about an optimistic 12-year-old with spiky hair who enters the Grand Dumpster Diver Tournament and must duel against opponents by selecting the best objects from the trash.