Cards Against Humanity

Apples to Apples

Cards Against Humanity is a multiplayer party game currently available as a free download or a published hardcopy. The game is available under a Creative Commons license. Its title references the phrase ‘crimes against humanity,’ reflecting its politically incorrect content.

Cards Against Humanity was created by a group of alumni of Highland Park High School as a party game for a New Year’s Eve celebration. The project was financed through the website Kickstarter. Co-creator Ben Hantoot stated in an interview that the game was developed by ‘8 of us who are the core writer-creators, 5 or 6 additional ‘part time’ developers’ and ‘dozens of friends and acquaintances who have played the game.’

To start the game, each player draws ten white ‘answer’ cards. One randomly chosen player begins as the ‘Card Czar,’ and plays a black ‘question’ card. The Card Czar reads the question out to the group. Each player answers the question by passing one white ‘answer’ card, face down, to the Card Czar. The Card Czar shuffles all of the answers, reads them out loud in a humorous fashion, and picks their favorite. Whoever played that answer gets to keep the Black Card as one Awesome Point. After each round, a new player becomes the Card Czar, and every player draws back up to ten cards.

The game includes rules for so-called ‘Pick 2s’ and ‘Pick 3s,’ black question cards that are answered with multiple white answer cards. The official rules include additional provisions for gambling previously won ‘Awesome Points’ for the right to play additional white cards during a round. Many house rules also exist for Cards Against Humanity. Reviews tend to note the similarity between the game’s core mechanic (match answers from each player’s hand to a shared question) to that of ‘Apples to Apples’ (match nouns from each player’s hand to a shared adjective). The ‘Onion AV Club’ interview calls the game ‘a sort of ‘Apples To Apples’ for the crass and jaded.’

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