Cards Against Humanity came into my radar a few months ago and looks like it’s having a lot of success in some regions.
When I first saw people playing it, I really felt it wasn’t a fun game and it was just boring to watch. But when I first played it in a conference (yes, that’s what we do at conferences), I actually had lots of fun. Surprise!
But going back a bit, I have to first say how Cards Against Humanity, or CAH for the intimates, is available and to do that, you have to know that it was born under the Creative Commons license, which means that you can download it for free, change or add new cards. You only can’t sell it without the creator’s permission. Great, right?
Cards Against Humanity Details
Name: Cards Against Humanity
Creator(s): Josh Dillon and many more
Publisher: Ad Magic Inc
Year Published: 2011
Number of Players: At least 3
Age: 17 and above
Play Time: 30 – 90 minutes
Learning Difficulty: Easy
Game Rules: Click here
Best Price: Check at Amazon
There isn’t much to say about the components. If you buy it, you’ll receive a deck of good quality plastic cards. If you print it, well, you’ll have whatever you printed it in :P. The question cards are black and the answers are the white ones.
The texts in the cards are exactly the opposite colour, making it very easy to read and avoid mistakes.
This is a fast paced game. You have 10 white cards with a range of different answers (I’ll give you one example bellow).
Every turn one player gets a black card and asks a question. Everyone else choose the funniest answer they have in their hands and put it on the table. All the answers are put together, which means that no one knows whose players played each card.
The player that draw the black card, most know as the Card Czar, then repeats the question and read the first answer. It’s repeated until all the cards are read.
After a good (or several) laugh, the Card Czar chooses which answer he thinks is the best and then the player who gives that answer will reveal itself and acquire the black card.
As an example, you could have the black card with the following text: Introducing Xtreme Baseball! It’s like baseball, but with _________!
The answers will have to complete the sentence. So here are some possible choices:
- Spontaneous human combustion
- Passive-Agressive Post-It notes
- Your weird brother
- Chainsaws for hands
- Menstrual rage
The possible answers are massive and they can be racist, sexual, weird or anything that can bring a good laugh. This game has to be played without taking anything against you or anyone else personally. The content is very explicit, so that’s why the minimum age to play it is so high. The players have to enjoy or at least understand a bit of black humour as well.
The game ends when everyone agrees that it ends. There’s not a formal way to finish it, but when it happens, the player who has the majority of black cards, wins the game.
In my experience, it’s not actually a game to see who the winner will be. It’s a game to have fun while playing it and the result doesn’t really matter as it’s the process of getting the funniest answers is what make this game a good addition to my collection.
One important point is that, unless everyone is getting drunk while playing it, which is not my case, after a few turns it gets repetitive. I’ve seen a lot of people enjoying it for a long time, but for my playing style, I set a limit otherwise it looses its purpose.
Even having a lot of different answers, I feel that Cards Against Humanity should be played for not more 60 minutes, so you can have the most of it and still play it a lot of different times.
Expansions in Card Against Humanity means a lot more questions and answers. There are in total 6 expansions and a box with all the cards in it. To make it easier for you, here are them:
- First Expansion (80 white & 20 black cards)
- Second Expansion (75 & 25 black cards)
- Third Expansion (75 & 25 black cards)
- Fourth Expansion (70 & 30 black cards)
- Fifth Expansion (75 & 25 black cards)
- Sixth Expansion (75 & 25 black cards)
- The Bigger Blacker Box (also includes 50 blank cards, so you can make your own questions and answers)
Interested? Buy it or read more reviews at Amazon or even download it for free to try the game. It’s good to mentioned that, at the moment, Amazon has prices lower than the official website, saving you at least $2 per expansion.
Have you ever played it? Have any questions? Tell me about it in the comments section below.