Cards Against Humanity is a party game in which players complete fill-in-the-blank statements using words or phrases typically deemed as offensive, risqué or politically incorrect printed on playing cards. It has been compared to the Apples to Apples card game,originated from a Kickstarter campaign, and has received media acclaim. Its title references the phrase "crimes against humanity", reflecting its politically incorrect content.

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1 Gameplay

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To start the game, each player draws ten white cards.

The Card Czar reads the question or fill-in-the-blanks phrase on the black card out loud.

The other players answer the question or fill in the blanks by each passing one white card (or however many required by the black card), face down, to the Card Czar.

The Card Czar shuffles all of the answers and shares each card combination with the group. For full effect, the Card Czar should usually re-read the black card before presenting each answer. The Card Czar then picks the funniest play, and whoever submitted it gets one "Awesome Point".

After the round, a new player becomes the Card Czar, and everyone draws back up to 10 white cards.

The part of speech of a white card is a noun or gerund, including both single words and phrase constructions. Black cards are either fill-in-the-blank statements or questions. Both white and black cards break these rules on rare occasions.

The rules do not state how to win the game—the object being simply to have fun.

The rules in Cards Against Humanity are flexible and can be altered with the many house rules (which are listed in the rules) that players can incorporate (e.g. winning cards are chosen democratically, ability to trade points for cards, points given by ranks, etc.). The official rules include additional provisions for gambling previously won "Awesome Points" for the right to play additional white cards during a round.

2 History

Cards Against Humanity was created by a group of four Highland Park High School alumni, including Ben Hantoot and Max Temkin. Heavily influenced by the popular Apples to Apples card game, it was initially named Cardenfreude and involved a group of players writing out the most abstract and, often, humorous response to the topic question. The name was later changed to Cards Against Humanity, with the answers pre-written on the white cards known today. Co-creator Ben Hantoot cited experiences with various games such as Magic: The Gathering, Balderdash, and Charades as inspiration, also noting that Mad Libs was "the most direct influence" for the game.

The game was financed with a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign and influenced by a previous crowd-funded campaign for a book on the design of the Obama campaign.The campaign started on December 1, 2010; it met its goal of $4,000 in two weeks. The campaign ended on January 30, 2011, and raised over $15,000; just under 400% of its original goal. With this additional money raised towards the game, the creators added fifty more cards to the game itself.

3 Sample Combinations

As an example of possible combinations, the below combinations were used in actual gameplay.

To become a true Yanomano warrior, you must prove that you can withstand ___ without crying out.

  • A robust mongoloid
  • Elf cum
  • Three consecutive seconds of happiness
  • Vomiting mid-blowjob <- chosen by Czar
  • A gentle caress of the inner thigh
  • Being knowledgeable in a narrow domain that nobody understands or cares about
  • Reading an entire book

Major League Baseball has banned ___ for giving players an unfair advantage.

  • Hormone injections
  • Some douche with an acoustic guitar
  • William Shatner
  • Bosnian chicken farmers
  • Appreciative snapping <- chosen by Czar
  • Jumping out at people
  • Sudden Poop Explosion Disease

Siskel and Ebert have panned ___ as "poorly conceived" and "sloppily executed".

  • Rubbing chocolate pudding all over Bill Cosby's nipples
  • The shittier, Jewish version of Christmas <- chosen by Czar
  • Another shot of morphine
  • Reading the comments
  • Authentic Mexican cuisine
  • Shaquille O'Neal's acting career
  • Flightless birds

Using my own past session recording - typed up to 6:30