This weekend at a BBQ I played Cards Against Humanity for the first time. In some ways my life is now split into two sections. Life before Cards Against Humanity and life after.
The game, which is a crude, raunchy, inappropriate, politically incorrect and generally offensive version of the family-friendly game Apples to Apples, is absolutely hilarious, when played with people who get the joke and play along whole heartedly.
Here’s the down and dirty - if it’s your turn, you pick a black card with a question on it which (usually) has one blank. All other players select one of the ten white cards in their hand to submit to the main player as the best fill-in-the-blank answer, in their opinion. The entire idea of the game is to pick the most shocking, crazy, random, hilarious answer possible.Then the main player picks their favorite, and the “winner” keeps the black card. The game ends when someone reaches the agreed upon winning amount of black cards. There is strategy - you tailor the cards you submit to the main player to their proclivities and perversions. If you don’t the folks playing the game with you when you start, you surely will when you finish!
A sample black card question might be: “_____. That’s how I want to die.” Morbid, yes. Full of possibility? Also yes.
Sample (clean) white card responses include:
- The inevitable heat death of the universe.
- Licking things to claim them as your own.
- The folly of man.
This is a game best understood by playing it, though perhaps not with the entire family on Christmas morning - unless you are lucky enough to share genes with people who are weirdly inappropriate enough to find that acceptable. Apparently there are many such families since the original game is going for $48 on Amazon, but the additional packs of questions and answers are about $10. We talked about making our own cards. Once you see what’s already on them your imagination starts to run wild - wildly inappropriate and laugh-until-you-cry funny.
For more color on the overall feel of this product, here are some game description notes from Amazon:
- 0% of the proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation
- Lovingly crafted by the tiny hands of heartwarming orphans.
- Now dolphin safe.
If this has piqued your interest at all let me know - let’s get this game and play around. But probably not until after we put the kids to bed!