I’m spending 44 hours in New York City this week, catching up with some friends from high school. It’s been far too long since I’ve seen either of them, and I’m looking forward to hitting up a Broadway show, exploring the city and chatting late into the night.
These are the friends that I used to hang out with nearly every night the summer after our senior year of high school. And more often than not, we’d play games like Cranium and Apples to Apples until the early hours of the morning. Then we’d head home to sleep, work, get ready for college or do other summery things, and we’d be back for another round of games by evening.
Cards Against Humanity is like the grown-up version of Apples to Apples. If it had existed in 2005, we probably would have played it in place of the more “family-friendly” games we were playing. As it is, I wish I had room for the game in my suitcase for this mini-vacation – playing with them would have brought up so many nostalgic feelings!
While I usually recommend getting all your board games from your local game store if you have one nearby, Cards Against Humanity is going to have to be the one exception. They don’t distribute the game anywhere but online for now (rumor has it that this is changing soon).
And if you don’t want to pay for the game? You don’t have to! The cards are available as a free PDF to download and print on the game’s website. The cards will be smaller and square, and possibly more difficult to play with, but it will save you some money if you don’t want to purchase the game (though $25 isn’t a bad price point to begin with!).
One player is the “judge.” They flip over a black card and read it aloud. Each other player must choose one white card from their hand that they think will best fill in the blank or answer the question on the black card, and submit it facedown. The judge shuffles the submissions, and reads them aloud before choosing their favorite. Whoever submitted the winning white card receives the black card as a “point.” The role of judge passes to the player on the left.
Number of Players:
3+. You can really play with any number of players, but we’ve found that the game works best with 4 -8ish.
None. Shuffle and deal!
Play Time for New Players:
You can play for as little or as long as you’d like.
Play Time for Experienced Players:
Same as for new players.
Overall Rating for Cards Against Humanity: 10 out of 10.
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