Want a perfect game to play with a bunch of friends on a night you don’t feel like diving in deep with a game like Warhammer 40k? Looking for a game that you can play in about 30 minutes that will have you constantly laughing your Chicken McNuggets off (that was a weird euphemism…)? Want a perverted game that will make you feel like you need a shower after playing it? Well, ok, saying that last one when it comes to describing “Cards Against Humanity” isn’t exactly fair, but the game’s tagline is “A Party Game For Horrible People.”
Here’s How It Works…
If you’ve ever played the game “Apples to Apples,” then you already have the idea of the basic game mechanic. There are two decks of cards: one white, and one black. Each player draws ten cards which all contain a word or phrase that when used in the right context, can lead to some serious laughs.
One player takes a turn as the Card Czar and draws a card from the black deck to read out loud. It will say something like, ” ______________ . That’s how I want to die.”
Then, each of the other players plays one white card from their hand face down.
The Card Czar collects them and shuffles the played cards together so he doesn’t know who submitted what. He then repeats the black card text followed by one of the played white cards, and in turn, repeats the process for each white card. After the laughter dies down, the Card Czar then announces which card he thought to be the funniest, or the most clever, or both, and the player who played the chosen white card receives the black card as a prize, also now known as an “Awesome Point.”
In the example above, the winning white card might be something like “Third base,” “Crystal meth,” or “Man meat.”
Then, the players draw their white card hand back up to 10 cards, the Card Czar title gets passed to the next player, and the hilarious insanity ensues.
The rule book for this game is more like a 4″ x 6″ 1-sided piece of paper, so you can be in the middle of a game in less than 5 minutes after breaking open the box. Also, half of the page just contains house rules, and you are also encouraged to play with whatever house rules your group wants to utilize.
This is definitely a game for adults. There are a lot of sexually suggestive (or down right blatant) cards as well as cards containing profanity.
Here’s How I Rate This Gem Of A Game…
Accessibility: 8 – The only reason I’m docking any points here is because this game is not for the feint of heart. If you are easily offended, this isn’t the Sunday afternoon family game for you. But it is super simple to play, and although they keep selling out of these as soon as new runs become available, they’ve put the entire game up in .pdf form on their website so you can print out your own copy and put it together for around $10. That’s pretty awesome, and you can get it HERE.
Re-Playability:10 – There are a lot of great card combinations, and they are planning on releasing a lot of 100-card expansions to keep the game fresh. At least the first one is already out.
Fun: 10 – Sometimes you don’t want to be a sci-fi general in the far future. Sometimes you just want to grab a drink, hang out with a bunch of friends, and laugh at a bunch of pervertedly (wait… that’s not a word?!?) funny cards. Play this game, and be forever scared… in the best possible way.
Overall Rating: 9.333333333333333333333333 (those 3s continue on FOREVER)
So enjoy, and until next time…
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