COVID-19 board game created by sisters on lockdown sells out

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It’s a viral new game.

Four German sisters have devised an inventive — and relevant — way to kill time during quarantine by creating a sick new board game based on the coronavirus.

“We developed the corona game while sitting at home under lockdown,” the Schwaderlapp sisters told Reuters. The Wiesbaden residents were reportedly inspired by TV reports of people panic buying supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. But now, the timely game is selling by the thousands.

In accordance, the goal of “Corona” is to purchase essential items for an elderly neighbor who is self-isolating in their house — much like what samaritans across the US are doing for sequestered seniors.

Up to four players trade and exchange cards representing everything from toilet paper to soap — there’s even one based on the Italian balcony concerts during lockdown — and the winner is determined by whomever delivers all the groceries first.

Along the way, “Corona” competitors must navigate various obstacles, including toilet paper hoarders and the coronavirus, which sends the player to quarantine. Think of it as a more humanitarian version of Monopoly.

However, while the basic principle of the pursuit is “solidarity,” participants “can decide to cooperate with the others … or make things harder for them by blocking their path with viruses,” explains Sarah, 20.

The girls’ father, Benedikt Schwaderlapp, was so impressed with “Corona” that he commercialized the game by hiring artists to design the elements and even enlisted a toy store as a secondary purveyor. So far, the mom-and-pop operation has collectively sold over 2,000 copies, Reuters reported.

“Demand has been massive across Germany,” gushed Schwaderlapp, adding that it’s been a huge challenge for their family business to distribute so many games in such a short time. The clamor for a coronavirus-themed game is perhaps unsurprising given the global board game craze as people struggle to occupy themselves during lockdown.

“Corona” isn’t the first COVID-themed pursuit to go viral of late. This past spring saw the advent of “pandemic porn” with skin flick stars going at it while sporting masks and hazmat suits.

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