Almost everybody knows the party game Apples to Apples. Each player gets some cards with some nouns on them. The judge lays down a card with an adjective on it and each player lays down a noun card that best fits the adjective. Cards Against Humanity is similar, except it is more like madlibs than Apples to Apples. Unlike Apples to Apples, Cards Against Humanity is outwardly horrible. It is the perfect game for Apples to Apples players that like to be shocking with their combinations.
How to Play Cards Against Humanity?
Direct from the game box:
To start the game, each player draws ten White Cards.
One randomly chosen player begins as the Card Czar and plays a Black Card. The Card Czar reads the question or fill-in-the-blank phrase on the Black Card out loud.
Everyone else answers the question or fills in the blank by passing one White Card, face down, to the Card Czar.
The Card Czar shuffles all of the answers and shares each card combination with the group. For full effect, the Card Czar should usually re-read the Black Card before presenting each answer. The Card Czar then picks a favorite, and whoever played that answer keeps the Black Card as one Awesome Point.
After the round, a new player becomes the Card Czar, and everyone draws back up to ten White Cards.
Anything measured in Awesome Points has to be amazing. Hopefully you can find some friends that will have a good humor about the game. This is not exactly the most politically correct or mature of games. However, the most immature games are always the best.
The creator Max Temkin said that this game is made to be remixed, here are some popular ways to mix it up.
Playing without a Card Czar
This takes a bit longer, but everybody picks a Black card they want to use and the whole party votes on the one they want to use.
After you have laid down your white cards, each player takes turns eliminating a white card. The last white card standing is therefore the funniest.
Instead of picking just one white card, the Card Czar picks the top 3 cards. The top card gets 3 awesome points, the second gets 2 awesome points, and the third gets 1 awesome point. At the end of the game, the person with the top score is the awesomest.
Shots, Shots, Shots!
Cards Against Humanity makes an excellent drinking game. Just try not to get the cards wet. Shots are a good motivator to make people be funny. Make them take a shot everytime they do not win a round!
I don't get it
Players can discard cards that they do not know what they mean, but the group gets to see them.
Players can discard their white cards and draw new ones, but they lose 1 awesome point. You can also amp that up and make it an awesome point per card.
History of Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity is a card game made up by Max Temkin in 2010. Max Temkin created the game to play on New Years with a bunch of his socially awkward (and horrible) friends and as it turns out it was a big hit.
Temkin started a project on Kickstarter to raise money to print it into a fully fledged card game. The estimated cost of printing was around $4,000, but with around 700 people that pledged money, he raised over $15,000 for it.
The game has subsequently released two other editions since them for even more card combinations. Buying the cards from the actual card game site is nigh impossible because they are almost always sold out, but they have since become available on Amazon .
Some popular card combinations are:
|But before I kill you, Mr. Bond, I must show you ___________.||My collection of high tech sex toys|
What is it good for?
|World of Warcraft|
Step 1: ___________
Step 2: ___________
Step 3: Profit
These are relatively tame ones considering some of the answers would be breaking the Terms of Service of this site.
Cards Against Humanity basically takes all the fluffy nice cards out of Apples to Apples and adds a whole bunch of raunchy cards in. So now people who like to try to make terrible, horrible, and hilarious combinations do not need to try so hard.
Want the Game for Free?
The good thing about Cards Against Humanity is that you do not need to pay for it. You can buy it and get professional cards in a fancy box, or you could not buy them. The Cards Against Humanity made the card game a free PDF as well. All you cave to do is print it out and cut it up.
If you want to get fancy about it, you can buy some nice cardstock, if you have a printer that supports it and print your own cards out.'
If your printer does not support it, it's time to make an adventure to a print shop. Kinkos or Staples works well, but you can use whatever you have in the area. Take the PDF of the cards to the print shop and ask them to print it on a high quality card stock. The PDF recommends an 80 pound or higher cardstock.
The game PDF also recommends that you convince them to print it in color. They might resist because the game is all in black and white, but it gives a higher result.
If you are cheap, you can always play with the plain paper print outs though, but they get lost easily.
After you have them printed, just cut them up as nice as you can and go! Just be aware that the nicer you cut them up, the less likely it is you or others will get paper cuts.
But after that, voila! You have a free game, just without a nice box.