Friday, March 14, 2014

Cards Against Humanity - AKA Apples to Apples for Degenerates

Do you enjoy being offended and offending others?

Are there any relationships in your life that aren't worth the risk of losing?

Do you ever get together socially with anyone?

Do you enjoy reading sexually explicit, politically incorrect, and graphically disturbing phrases out loud, with a few f-bombs tossed in for good measure?

Would you rather laugh than not laugh?

Do you enjoy learning embarrassing new words that you can only find definitions for on Urban Dictionary?

Are you older than 18?

Are you a horrible person?
You know you want to
If you answered "no" to any of the questions above, then Cards Against Humanity isn't for you. So, the game is not for you. If, however, you don't care that you answered "no" to at least one of the questions, then jump on their website or Amazon this minute and purchase the game for $25 along with any expansion packs you can get your hands on. Trust me, you'll wish you had them by the second time you play the game.

The title of this post says it all; the game play follows the same format as the worldwide phenomenon known as Apples to Apples, but with an NC-17 rated spin. Players take turns being the judge by reading a phrase off a black card that has at least one missing piece. Each other player plays their favorite white phrase card from their hand of ten (or more if required) and passes it to the judge. Psychology comes into play here - study the character flaws of your judge. The judge shuffles the cards and must read the resulting phrases out loud. This is where hilarity ensues. Eventually they must pick a winning answer based on whatever logic, or lack thereof, they prefer. No point in deciding how to end the game; it won't until people start dropping from sheer exhaustion.
This is the most positive feedback I've seen on Amazon, for any product, ever.
Variations include having a ghost player (whose random cards win a surprising amount) and upping the ante by betting that your answer will be chosen. There are some blank black and white cards included with each set so that you and your loved ones can create your own sick and twisted version.

This is not a family game. I repeat, this is NOT a family game. I still have flashbacks of playing this with my parents and siblings last Christmas. Luckily, the image that sticks out to me the most is my 70 year old Dad with tears streaming down his face because he's laughing so hard he can't finish reading the cards.

My mother appearing decidedly less amused

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