To some I might be a little late to the party, but I'm sure there are those of you who haven't given this game a try yet. I've heard chatter about this game for quite some time, but hadn't ever taken the time to actually play it. Well for the last month or so I've been incredibly broke; not quite "I'm gonna end up homeless broke", but more of a "I need to watch my spending and find some 'free' things to occupy my time broke". Enter Cards Against Humanity.
I remembered checking this game out briefly when I had first heard about it, and also remembered that they offered a free "print and play" version of the game... that's right FREE, and that's all it took to get me hooked. Well, to be fair, the whole "free" aspect is all it took to get me to try it, but the actual game is what got me hooked. I downloaded the PDF from the Cards Against Humanity website, stopped at Wal-Mart to grab some heavy card stock, and printed them off at work during some free time.
Printing the game off was pretty straight forward, and the only real problem had been that the card stock kept getting jammed up; so I had to manually feed each sheet into the printer. With everything printed out (31 sheets if I recall correctly) the hardest part of the whole process was cutting all the individual cards; I wasn't lucky enough to have access to one of those fancy cutting tables that would have cut the whole stack in just a few strokes, so I got blessed with the option of manually cutting each card out with a pair of scissors. *yay*
Mrs. Th0r and I were heading to a BBQ at another couple's place the next day, so I thought that would be a good time to give this game a try, and to see if it was actually going to be as fun as everyone made it out to be. It was.
Now I should reiterate that the company bills this game as "a party game for horrible people", and it lives up to be "Exactly what you'd expect". If you're easily offended by jokes about race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or just about anything else... this game isn't for you. While the game only gets as horrible as you and your friends make it, it is amazing how quickly your friends will push the envelope and start playing some truly disturbing card combinations.
Game play is fairly simple. At the beginning of the game each player draws ten white cards, and one player is selected to be the "Card Czar". The Card Czar then picks one black card to read out loud, and the other players use their best white card to complete the phrase or answer the question. Once each player places a white card in the middle the Card Czar takes turns reading each answer out loud for the group to hear (and react to). The Card Czar then picks the card that gave him, or her, the most amusement as the winner. The winner of the hand then receives the black card as one "Awesome Point", and the title of Card Czar moves on to the next player; the person with the most black cards at the end of the game is the winner. It's that easy.
The simplicity of the game is what really give's it it's charm. It's not a game in the sense that the point is to win (however it is extremely gratifying to do so), but the point of this game is to just have a good time. Win or lose, everybody in the game will have a blast, and with cards like "Pixelated bukkake", and "50,000 volts straight to the nipples" it's hard not to.