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Meet The Hampton Grads Making History With Spill It Card Game, The Adult Conversation Starter Game

Meet Elexxus, Christian, and Brandy! Three Hampton Grads that created a fun and unfiltered adult conversation starter game for the culture. Black game makers currently make up less than 1% of the industry yet these young women are breaking barriers, glass ceilings, and generational curses!

But who are the bad ass women behind the game? Well, I'm glad you asked.

Brandy, Elexxus, and Christian met while attending Hampton University. The idea behind SPILL IT Card Game came in quarantine when reflecting on how they got together with their college friends to drink wine and have conversations that turned into spirited debates and further bonded their friendship.

Q. How do you play the game?

A. In this game, there are no wrong answers. Everyone takes turns asking and answering questions from the deck of cards. There are three levels and each level is associated with the amount of wine you drink for that card. As the levels progress, the conversations become more unfiltered, to say the least, but don't worry, it's a completely judgment free zone... so speak your truth!

Q. How does SPILL IT Card Game differ from other conversation card games?

A. SPILL IT not only triggers different opinions, but it is created to lead off into other topics and encourage deeper conversation. There's no keeping score, it's just pure conversation based to see what we can find out about each other. Also, there is no other drinking card game that we know of that has levels to it like ours does. You can play this game as an icebreaker introduction on level 1 or level up get a little spicer with your close friends that you've known for years.

Q. What does it mean to be a Black business owner?

A. It's important to us that we can build wealth for our own community and for our families. We often ask ourselves, what opportunities are we presenting to give something back to the community that has given us so much? Especially graduating from Hampton, we always try to incorporate anything about HBCUs or college life in general because representation also matters.

We also want to break the mold and stigma about ‘Black Businesses’ we want people to respect our product, our brand, and change the narrative when you think of Black Businesses. That means being reliable, professional, timely, and of great quality. While also, being true to who you are and being proud of who you are, being active in the community and reaching out to other Black owned businesses to form partnerships. Finally, as a Black game maker, we are in an industry that is so untapped. We are trying to take this to the next level.

Q. What did it feel like to see everyone interacting because of SPILL IT Card Game at our recent Sip -N- Play Game Night?

A. It felt amazing to see people interacting with the game, the questions, and each other. I feel like once you’ve worked so hard for something and then you get to see the fruit of your labor it's an incredible feeling to know that all of the time, effort, and energy that we spent putting into this game, it really does come to life exactly how we thought it would. Not only did they interact with me, but they were talking to each other, there were no phones out! There were people from all generations, backgrounds, and different relationship statuses engaging in the conversations. I think that's beautiful! It left me speechless because I was excited to see people playing. To see it played at your event solidified that we have something good. We have something to offer people that they want and need. The type of reception that we got was unmatched.

Q. How did your college experience prepare you for entrepreneurship?

A. First and foremost, shout out to Hampton University, School of Business and Dean Hayes. Dean Hayes was one of our professors and then later became the Dean. She is definitely an integral part to everything that has happened. One of the things that she would always tell us is to make sure that you have options not issues. At that time, our life goals were to get the G.P.A and graduate but how do you take some of those lessons learned and apply them to your life as you ascend to different stages. That's something that we've all internalized across the board. It's going back to being a Black business owner and creating generational wealth and break generational curses. We also work in corporate America. This game allows us to create options, so we don't have issues. A lot of our classes also got into critical decision making. We've taken both the soft skills and the technical skills that we learned in college to build our business. When you're applying those skills in real life it does look different though, so you must have a level head, be organized and a critical thinker. I would think that the School of Business at Hampton is pretty proud of us so far because we took the lessons and we ran with it! We'll see when we get invited to that 40 under 40 Hampton Brunch. We're claiming it already!

Q. What's one of the questions that start the most arguments?

A. It varies because the group changes. A couple of drinks in, people have very emotional ties to their answers. There's a card at every level that's going to start something. (I finally got one of the ladies to answer the question.) If I had to pick, I would say "Name something that your ex did very well. If you ask that question in a room full of couples, you're going to get a lot of side eyes. It gets real tense, quick!

Q. Where can they find you on social media?

A. You can purchase our game on website and feel free to follow us and tag us in your videos of your playing our game. We like to see it all, the good, the bad, and the drunk!

1. Instagram: www.instagram.com/spillitcardgame

2. Facebook: www.facebook.com/spillitcardgame

3. www.spillitcardgame.com

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