I think Bill Murray says it best in Scrooged – Christmas is the time of year where we all feel like we can be a better person. But I doubt that Frank Cross had got his hands on my new (joint) favourite card game, Cards Against Humanity, where the reward comes from being as dubious and outrageous as possible.
Cards Against Humanity (CAH) is a card game that makes use of players’ deepest, darkest imagination to provide wholly inappropriate punchlines for jokes.
How to play Cards Against Humanity
The rules and format of the game can be altered to suit the number of players and answers given, but generally each turn one player takes the role of the Card Tsar.
The white cards are dealt to each player; these contain a variety of answers such as (to name the worst offenders off the top of my head), ‘Michael Jackson’, ‘Nazis’ and ‘Dead parents’.
(The game is helpfully available in a UK edition; having played a different version before I was completely baffled by some of the references to chat show hosts, food products and so on.)
The Card Tsar than places down a ‘question’ card, and asks the players for the most inappropriate answer available from their deck. Strong overtones of black comedy ensue; safe to say Cards Against Humanity is not one to break out when the relatives are visiting.
Once the cards are in, the Card Tsar reads out the question and each potential answer, before awarding their favourite answer an Awesome Point, and the black card they won with.
Fun for the whole family…?
I received Cards Against Humanity as a Christmas present from my mum, which made it all the more difficult to explain myself when it came time for a game before dinner against my fiancée and my brother!
Having known each of them for an indeterminate amount of time between ‘ten years’ and ‘my whole life’, fortunately we’ve got quite the iron will for a poorly-intended joke, and as such our own brand of black humour was richly celebrated within these cards. I really must stress the offensive nature of some of the question-answer combinations which may enter your head once the cards are down – but if you don’t mind being seen as one of the ‘horrible people’ the makers have themselves targeted on the box, you should be fine with the spirit of the game.
I really enjoyed playing Cards Against Humanity – not just because I’m a horrible person, but because it somehow turned out to provide some of the strongest family bonding time I’ve had in months! I’d definitely recommend it for anyone who wants a break from the usual stuff.