Wednesday, February 20, 2008

'Don't Drop the Soap' Board Game: Nick Bring This In!

Some of us probably heard of prison horror stories (or jokes, depending on how you look at it), whereby you are not supposed to drop the soap in the communal bathroom, because if you were to bend over to pick it up, you'll leave yourself exposed to unsavoury experiences (I cannot find a better way to describe it).

So when John Sebelius, son of U.S Magistrate Judge Gary Sebelius and Governor Kathleen Sebelius produced a new prison themed board game, it had me chuckling. The title: "Don't Drop the Soap". Here's the CNN news article (available here):

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) -- The son of Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is peddling a board game titled "Don't Drop the Soap," a prison-themed game he created as part of a class project at the Rhode Island School of Design.

John Sebelius, 23, has the backing of his mother and father, U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary Sebelius. The governor's spokeswoman, Nicole Corcoran, said both parents "are very proud of their son John's creativity and talent."

John Sebelius is selling the game on his Internet site for $34.99, plus packaging, shipping and handling. The contact information on the Web site lists the address of the governor's mansion. Corcoran said the address will change when John Sebelius moves.

The game also goes on sale starting January 31 at a shop called Hobbs in the college town of Lawrence.

"Fight your way through 6 different exciting locations in hopes of being granted parole," the site says. "Escape prison riots in The Yard, slip glass into a mob boss' lasagna in the Cafeteria, steal painkillers from the nurse's desk in the Infirmary."

The game includes five tokens representing a bag of cocaine, a handgun and three characters: wheelchair-using 'Wheelz," muscle-flexing "Anferny" and business suit-clad "Sal 'the Butcher."'

Corcoran said John Sebelius sought legal advice to be sure he followed proper requirements, and he even took out a loan to pay for the production of his work.

"This game is intended for mature audiences -- not children -- and is simply intended for entertainment," Corcoran said.

So Nick/Zio, what are you waiting for. Bring this into custody, I mean import it!