Strap yourselves in boys and girls for the quickest ‘How to Play’ guide you have ever read, or possibly ever will read! The end of the two-week fourteen-month lockdown is slowly looming over us, and for many of us, that means one thing: games! I myself can not remember the last time I actually sat down with a bunch of fellow gamers and allowed myself to be immersed in the wonderful world of board gaming. What better way to dust off the old gaming cobwebs than with a few cheeky tipples and a good old game of Cards Against Humanity?
If you do not know how to play this game, then, well, where the heck have you been!? But fear not, I am here to teach you the ways of the Jedi offensive little card game.
Officially the game plays 4 to 20 plus players. It is possible to play with 2 or 3 with some house rules (more on them later), and more than 6 just feels a bit claustrophobic. Find a good middle ground. It is also worth mentioning that this game is very offensive. It is abhorrent with details revolving religion, sexuality and sex in general, toilet humour etc so it is advised not to play with prudes.
Are you ready for this? Take a deep breath.
Separate the black cards from the white cards and form a draw pile for each. And breath! Phew. You got through it. Well done. You’ve setup a game of Cards Against Humanity.
Playing Cards Against Humanity
So, to begin, every player draws 10 white cards.
Officially, the player who most recently did a number 2 (that is a poo poo) goes first. There is one exception to this, however. If you are Hugh Jackman, then you go first regardless. He is a big fan of my blogs of course, so I thought it important to mention. You’re welcome, J man.
The starting player draws a black card and reads aloud the statement shown on it for all players to hear. They simply say “blank” wherever the space is on the card. Then all other players choose a white card from their hand to secretly pass to the player with the black card.
The aim of Cards Against Humanity is to make the player laugh the most with your selected word or phrase to fill in the blank. So, knowing each player’s humour style will work in your flavour here.
The player then shuffles all the white cards they have been given together and reads the black card inserting each white card in turn. They then simply choose the one that made them laugh the most as the winner and play continues in whatever direction you want. I tend to give the black card to the winning player to keep track of the score. If anyone is actually playing to win that is.
Some black cards will have a ‘pick 2’ on them. This basically means the card has 2 blanks for people to fill in. Be careful when shuffling on these rounds, as it is easy to mix up people’s submissions, or even get them back to front.