Lance Zaal is quite the entrepreneur.
He is already involved with iTourMobile, a company that creates wayfinding apps for various location, including the city of Williamsburg. The 2009 College of William and Mary graduate is branching out.
Now he's involved in an other venture that might be appealing to the military population of Hampton Roads. It's called FUBAR Cards. FUBAR is a military acronym that stands for — in its family-friendly version — "Fouled Up Beyond All Repair." Its a card game.
"It's similar to Cards Against Humanity, it uses the same rules. If you have Cards Against Humanity you can combine the decks," Zaal said.
Cards Against Humanity is a party game where players compete to fill in blanks in statements with risque or absurd words and phrases on the cards in their hand. The winner of each round is the player judged to have completed the sentence in the funniest or most apropos way.
Zaal said he's been developing the product with several collaborators around the country and they hope to bring it to market in May. Zaal, a former Marine himself, thinks the game will be very popular. There's even an expansion in the works.
"We'll have different decks, one for each service, so we'll have four," Zaal said.
He said there's a Kickstarter campaign for the game, which has already raised $70,000 and which times out Friday.
"We have more than 1,500 supporters and we've gotten exposure in The Military Times and Duffelblog," he said.
The Kickstarter campaign can be found at kickstarter.com/projects/2004984568/fubar-bringing-out-the-worst-in-americas-best; the company has a Facebook page and a website, fubarcards.com.
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