Board Games' Questions Offer Clue to American Psyche

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New survey from Zobmondo!! "Would You Rather...?" board games reveals American's stand on timely issues: oil/politics

Who would think that a board game designed to get America talking would provide such timely fodder for a national conversation?

The whole point of the popular board games Zobmondo!! "Would You Rather…?" is to spur lively conversation as you predict how fellow players would answer questions with impossible choices. Recently, the board games’ creators pulled two timely questions from the game and asked Americans:

Question #1
Would you rather...in the year 2050, have 10 million more oil wells in the country and the associated environmental problems, but still have oil, -or- have no oil wells and have run out altogether?

Survey results: Americans say, "drill!"

Skyrocketing gas prices and the resulting effect on everything from food to travel expenses are making Americans put the need for oil ahead of environmental concerns.

Get Well(s) Soon and Fast. A majority (57 percent) of Americans would rather have 10 million more oil wells and the environmental problems that go along with it than have no oil wells and have run out of this precious commodity altogether.

"Who would think that a board game designed to get America talking would provide such timely fodder for a national conversation?" said Randy Horn, who created the Zobmondo!! "Would You Rather...? line of board games in college on a lark. "I think this really shows the intellectual side of our crazy party game."

Question #2
Would you rather...vote for an honest but stupid politician, or a liar with tremendous savvy?

The Moment of Truth. Politicians today seem to be at the center of our country's biggest scandals and Americans have had enough, sharing that all they really want is an honest leader.

To Tell The Truth. When it comes to political figures, morals are more important than the mind. More than 84 percent of Americans would vote for an honest but stupid politician over a liar with tremendous savvy.

Honestly Speaking. Of those who prefer to vote for an honest but stupid politician, nearly half (45 percent) would do so because they believe honesty is the best policy.

Survey participants said: "Honesty is a rare virtue. Stupid is relative. I would prefer honesty over extreme intelligence if that intelligence is not used wisely."

"At least he would not be intentionally cheating me."

Now that's family entertainment!

The Zobmondo!! "Would You Rather..." survey was conducted by Kelton Research between June 9-20, 2008 using an e-mail invitation and an online survey. For more information on the Zobmondo line of family entertainment board games, go to http://www.zobmondo.com/index.php

About Zobmondo!! "Would You Rather":
Randy Horn, has been asking people ridiculous questions, similar to those used in Zobmondo!! "Would You Rather" products, since his college days. Back then the most frequently used question was "How much money, in cash, would it take to get you to eat a live, kicking, 2 inch cockroach?" Hours of fun were had discussing this one crazy question and its derivatives. He then set about developing a marketing plan through a college business class and, after entering it in a contest and placing third, launched the products.

The line of games has since grown into a global entertainment property and is well on its way to becoming one of the more popular family entertainment line of board games in the world. Randy continues to run the company and continues to grow Zobmondo!! into a strong world wide entertainment brand. Zobmondo!! games including all the Would You Rather games are currently distributed in house by Zobmondo Entertainment LLC in the USA and by Re:creation Group PLC in the United Kingdom.

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