Name: Cards Against Humanity
Type: None Collectable Card Game
Players: 4+ (although you can play with 2+ if you don’t care about a winner)
Size: 19cm x 11cm
(4.0 / 5)
From the first moment that I opened my copy of Cards Against Humanity I was impressed. The game comes in a heavy, sturdy looking speak black box with the title simply printed on the front along with the honest and telling description of ‘a party game for horrible people‘. It should be noted at this point that you can only buy Cards Against Humanity online and so you won’t find it at your FLGS. The reason for this stems all the way back to it’s origins as a Kickstarter. The box weighs in at an impressive 1092g which makes a lot if sense once you open it up.
Inside you’ll find the rules, such as they are, neatly folded on top of the deck of cards which snugly fill the whole box. This set comes with 550 cards made up of 460 White Cards and 90 Black Cards. All of the cards are printed on sturdy card stock laminated in plastic and are the exact size and weight (2g) of a standard playing card.
Black Cards are usually statements missing a word, or words such as ‘TFL blamed the delay in train service on….‘.By contrast White Cards are usually objects, concepts or activities that range from bordering on the obvious (God) to the absurd (chasing a cheese wheel down a hill) to the humorously offensive (Jade Goody’s cancerous remains).
The game itself is pretty simple, I had it explained to me by a friend a couple of weeks ago, with me having never played the game until I received it, and was still able to just open the box and have a quick game with my wife. The principle is that all players have a hand of 10 White Cards and take it in turns to draw a Black Card and read it aloud. All players except the one who drew the Black Card then use their hand of White Cards to select which they feel best completes the statement in the chosen Black Card. This is done in secret and the idea is to be as humerus as possible. All of the chosen White Cards are shuffled and the person who drew the Black Cards reads them aloud and picks the one they feel is the most appropriate/hysterically funny. The person who submitted the chosen White Card is awarded an Awesome Point and then the process is completed with the next player drawing a Black Card. The winner is the first person to win 5 Awesome Points.
Even with two people playing the game is fun, simple and hilarious, although you can’t play to win but I suspect that it would make an excellent drinking game. I have also played the game with a group of 4 people and it still stands up although the playtime of 30-90mins seems to be a little exaggerated as we played to 5 points in 12 minutes and so continued for about an hour with the winner racking up 18 points. Cards Against Humanity might not be for everyone, it’s not a great game for hardcore gamers as it lacks skill or complex planning but it’s fantastic wherever inebriated people with poor moral compasses and wide sense of humour gather.
At the time of writing Cards Against Humanity has five expansions available which add more White and Black Cards to your set and all the cards and rules are available to download and print out for free from the main Cards Against a Humanity homepage under the Creative Commons license. According to the homepage making a set will set you back around $10 and take about an hour.
The reviewed version of Cards Against Humanity is the UK Edition which differs from the US version by around 15% as cards have been changed or amended to make more sense to the British. New cards tend to play on standard British issues or cultural stereotypes such as blaming the French or the Germans or refer to British traditions such as the aforementioned act of chasing a wheel of cheese down a hill (if you don’t know what this is I strongly urge you look it up, along with the noble tradition of tar barrelling).
I think this is a great game, it’s well made, simple and fun but it’s not for those who are easily offended or who are looking for something seriously competitive.