How was your Malaysia Day, people? Here at ROJAK, we celebrated it by doing what we do best – being rojak-ed. In conjunction with this memorable day, we were invited to the launch of The Lepak Game, a local card game that seeks to unite Malaysians through our shared culture and lifestyle.
Developed by Rojak Culture (no, it’s not us), the idea dawned upon Steven who, as an American, was enthralled by the many races and cultures we have here in Malaysia when he moved to Penang nine years ago. Along the way, Stephen met Trixie, and in guiding Stephen to learn the Malaysian way of life, her love and admiration for the country was rekindled. Although our peaceful diversity is admirable, Stephen had a hard time keeping up with the different customs from a variety of ethnicity, races and religions. So he thought, why don’t I just identify all of them as what they are – Malaysians? And through that thoughtful sentiment, The Lepak Game was born to celebrate the Malaysian identity and spark a movement of friendship.
To the uninitiated, think of Cards Against Humanity, but a Malaysian version and not mocking humanity. There’s no right or wrong answer. It’s all about picking the most Malaysian response and trying to bodek (debate) your way into winning the round*. We were pretty excited for the event because the invitation guaranteed unlimited laughter and fun, and hey, we’re all up for that as it’s not easy making people laugh these days. You have to agree that everybody gets offended by everything. Fortunately, it was a peaceful event without anybody flipping tables.
*Completely useless fact: I won the most rounds! All my hard work and effort in being a social justice warrior through my sarcastic and anger-laden articles on ROJAK is finally paying off in terms of sharpening my bodek-ing skills.
In all seriousness, it was truly a good, satisfying session of real, tummy-hurting laughter. Not those kind of patronizing laugh you do when you can’t hear somebody even though you’ve said “What?” for the 50th time. Or when someone indirectly insults you and you have to just sarcastically laugh it off instead of punching said someone because we’re all peace-loving Malaysians.
Okay, jokes aside again, we cannot deny that The Lepak Game will definitely achieve its vision of uniting Malaysians through play. Speaking from personal experience, my colleague and I played with strangers we just met and it already felt so comfortable. There’s just this unexplainable connection we feel from all the inside jokes and Malaysian experiences we share.
Would I recommend friends and family to buy the game? Definitely, without a doubt. Cards Against Humanity is so 2015, guys. Get this game for some good old Malaysian jokes that everybody, and by everybody, I mean everybody, can relate to. Trust me, it won’t disappoint. To get your very own deck of The Lepak Game, you may order online at Rojak Culture’s website, or at All Aboard Community Gaming Centre.