Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do the cards in my hand count for anything?
A. No. Only the cards in your fate pile count toward your final
Q. When do I Swoon?
A. Whenever you have five or more Infection Points you swoon,
regardless of whether or not it's your turn. You keep the cards in your
hand, but you must discard all of the cards in your fate pile.
Q. What the heck is "This Corrosion"?
A. It's a song by The Sisters of Mercy, and considered by
most to be the quintessetial goth anthem. The lyrics can be found here,
but, of course, if you've never even heard of the song to begin with you're certainly not goth
enough to earn those points.
Q. When do I have to sing "This Corrosion"?
A. When you declare yourself "Gother Than Thou" you must
sing at least four lines from "This Corrosion" if the card is in your fate
pile and you are counting the five points toward your final score. If you
have 25 or more points even without the card, then you don't have to worry
Q. Does "Hey now, hey now na-now" count?
Q. I'm a little unclear on how "That Wasted Look" works...
A. "That Wasted Look" gives you goth points equal to your total
infections x2. If you have "Crying Yourself To Sleep" for 4 Infections,
then it gives you 8 Goth Points. If you then get an "Ointment" (-2
infection) then it only gives you 4 Goth Points. Also, "That Wasted Look"s
are cumulative, so if you have 4 Infections and 2 "That Wasted Look"s then
they're giving you a total of 16 Goth Points.
Q. The rules say that there should be 55 cards in a deck, but I have
less/more than that. Which cards am I missing or which cards do I have extra?
A. Each deck of "Gother Than Thou" should contain the following cards in the
1 Crying Yourself to Sleep
2 Sing This Corrosion to Me
2 Ancient Egyptian Doodad
2 Wardrobe Sale
2 Face Like Murphy
2 Voice Like Morrissey
2 Disturbing German Accent
2 Disturbing Southern Accent
2 Absinthe Minded
2 Fun With Eyeliner
2 That Wasted Look
2 Up Before Noon
2 Visit From Mom
2 Dire Fashion Blunder
2 Genital Piercings
3 Gullible Roommate
3 Deep Newsgroup Posts
3 Tinfoil on the Windows
3 BlueBlack #124
3 Big Tin Ankh
3 Pet Named Hecate
3 Steady Clove Supply
= 55 cards total
If you are missing any of these cards, email
us and we will send you the missing cards.
If you have any extra cards, on the other hand, then you are legally bound
to bake them into a pie and eat them.
Q. Is there a recipe available for this ?
A. Alas, due to a legal oversight, there is no recipe specified.
The baker is encouraged to do his/her best with the ingredients at hand,
but is reminded that (s)he is legally required to consume the
result of his/her labors.
Q. That sounds complicated. Can't I just pour milk over them and
eat it for breakfast?
A. Only if you do so while spouting a Sartre-esque diatribe about
how you could bake them into a pie if you wanted to, but you choose
instead to defy the very definition of pie (which is clearly a supposition
by a repressive over-society of invisible schemes and manipulations) by
instead treating the "pie" as a bowl of Count Chocula.
Alas, our legal guidelines were written in a rushed and slipshod manner,
and allow multiple loopholes for existentialism and surrealism. Our legal
team feels quite confident that we do have dadaism well covered, however.
Q. What's the difference between the different "editions" of
"Gother Than Thou"?
A. The first printing of Second Edition was printed on standard
playing-card stock (as opposed to the slightly thicker stock of First
Edition), and has higher quality boxes and a smaller rules sheet. The
first printing of Second Edition also, unfortunately, has a couple of
misprints (one of the "Deep Newsgroup Posts" cards is untitled, and one of
the "That Wasted Look" cards has the wrong picture), and while this
doesn't affect gameplay, it is kind of annoying. We've been meaning to run
a printing of replacement cards, but we've gotten so few complaints and it
would be so expensive that we've sort of swept that little idea under the
rug. There is another printing of Second Edition, which we like to call
version 2.1 (or sometimes "Norma") that has these errors corrected. It can
be distinguished from the original Second Edition by the words "Printed
in India by Goodprints.com" on the bottom of the box underneath the URL.
If you have any questions that were not answered here or in the News or Info sections, please
Q. How long did it take you to make this?
A. "Gother Than Thou" was in development for about three
years. Steen did the artwork for it as a means to pay rent while he lived
in the closet under my stairs (really). All of the photography was done by
myself and Celine Harris, who is not credited in the rules because she
left the project on bad terms, but has recently made amends and is now at
least credited in the Info section.
Q. Where did you get this assembled?
A. All assembly on the first edition was done by my former
roommate, Megan, whose multitude of terminal diseases, aversion to
sunlight, previous work in mortuaries and the CDC and obsession with
bubonic plague qualify her as suitably goth for the job. Behold her lovely
countenance and despair!
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