I know I said I would be doing video game reviews, but I decided I would add all games into that. So Saturdays–assuming I have any games to review–will be game review day! Everyone sound excited because it’s exciting–yay! 😛
Today is a game that I’ve known about for a while (I actually discovered it from following Wil Wheaton on Twitter), but have only very recently had the pleasure of playing: Cards Against Humanity. This is possibly my favorite game. It’s fast, easy to play, and I don’t think I have ever laughed so hard in my life. Most games, no matter how much I love them, have me looking at the clock, wondering when so-and-so will take his/her take move so we can get going already, struggling to remember rules. Not this game. I enjoy every single second of it and I am sincerely sad when it ends.
We work in rounds. In round one, one person will start as the “Card Czar.” The Card Czar has the pile of question cards (that would be the black pile).
Everyone else draws ten white answer cards.
Don’t lay them out like that…this was solely for a picture. 😛 No one else should see your cards.
The Card Czar will read a black card (a good Card Czar will read in a dramatic or otherwise card-appropriate voice) and then each player will pick a card from their hand and lay it answer-side down in front of the Card Czar. The Card Czar will then read the black card again with each white card as an answer. For instance:
Card Czar: TSA Guidelines now prohibit the milk man on airplanes.
Card Czar: TSA Guidelines now prohibit Lady Gaga on airplanes.
Card Czar: TSA Guidelines now prohibit fear itself on airplanes.
The Card Czar will then decide which card is the funniest. Whoever won will receive the black card as a point. Whoever reaches ten points first wins. You can play House Rules and adjust the rules of winning (as well as pretty much any other rule–the game actually comes with some House Rules suggestions).
What you should know:
This is an incredibly offensive game–it’s meant as satire. If you are easily offended, you should not play this game. If you do not know whether or not you are easily offended (or you think you aren’t, but you actually are) you’ll definitely know it once you’ve played this.
That is the pile of white cards I had to go through in order to find six non-offensive answer cards.
When I say offensive, I mean nothing is sacred. This game is set up to make jokes about (and make you make jokes about) religion, race, patriotism, gender, sex (including orientation). Nothing is safe. So if you’re sensitive to offensive material, this is not the game for you. (Note that the box does say, “A party game for horrible people.” It means it.)
The only problem I have ever had with CAH is that it is always out of stock! However, the website has a mailing list you can add yourself to and they will let you know when they have restocked. Once it’s been restocked, you can buy it for $25 (and I believe the two expansions are $10?). You can also print it for free (the makers of the game put a PDF on their website). I don’t recommend it, though. Zach and I tried that a long time ago and it was pretty awful. In fact, it completely deterred us from playing the game. But if you’re short on cash, it’s a way to try the game.
Overall, I give this a 10 out of 10. It’s just the perfect party game, as long as you can find the right people to play with.