Do you know how to play the popular college-dorm game Apples to Apples? Have you found that comparing global warming to the adjective “patriotic” gives you only a small chuckle, and what you really want to do is make dead baby jokes, say nasty things about celebrities, and poke fun at cute little animals? Then I’ve got the game for you, you sick fuck.
A few weekends ago, I took part in the New Hampshire Game-a-thon, where you stay up for 24 hours playing all manner of games: Bananagrams, Super Smash Bros., etc. etc. And while there, I encountered a card game that has been haunting my dreams ever since: Cards Against Humanity.
Started by a group of friends for a New Year’s party and funded through Kickstarter, Cards lives up to its billing as “A party game for horrible people.” Similar to Apples to Apples, in each round the Judge chooses a question card—these range from fill-in-the-blanks to “What ended my last relationship?” The other players are then tasked with submitting answer cards that make up the most outrageous, shocking, revolting, hilarious answers. And whereas Apples shies away from too-specific pop culture references, Cards includes mentions of iPods, Creed, the Bible, World of Warcraft, Obama, and so much more.
Let me put it this way: We played this at the beginning of the Game-a-thon, with a table of little kids next to us, and had to whisper our answers so that we wouldn’t defile their virgin ears. We were crying with laughter long before we were actually sleep-deprived. If I remember correctly, our best one went something like Kanye West + altar boys = jerking off into a pool of children’s tears.
Plus, it’s affordable! Check out the official site—you can buy the first set for $25 on Amazon (and the first expansion is only an additional $10), or just print all the cards out for nothing! (And here’s the Wikipedia page for more insight on the game’s creation.)