The goal of A REALLY BAD DAY is to avoid falling into the pit of despair and keeping your despair levels low in order to survive the day. There are two types of cards in the deck: despair cards (skull icon) and hope cards (dove icon). Each despair card has a negative value that brings you more despair, the values can range from -1 down to -5. There are four themes in the despair cards: Social, Missing items, Disease, and Minor inconvenience. Some theme cards have effects that only happen if you already have a card with the same theme on your column.