Gamer Girl: Humanity Is In The Cards!
By Denise Zubizarreta
In a world where all card games are rated PG came an adult card game that would change you forever! (Did you read that with the movie guy voice? Yeah, me too!) There hasn’t been a card game that has really shaken up the market in quite some time and then the creators of Cards Against Humanity were born. With a powerful Kickstarter campaign, this group of friends brought to light the game that my friends and I have dubbed, The Devils Apples To Apples. But, this article isn’t about how cool it is and their really generic background story. It’s about how awesome the game truly can be, if you’re as twisted in the head as I am.
With its initial release CAH was available for download from the site for free. You could take the image sheets to any Office Depot and make yourself a deck on Hello Kitty paper! Though it is still available online most people have purchased it on Amazon or from their favorite local game store. Let’s be honest, this isn’t the kind of game that gets sold at Target, on shelves next to Candy Land and that creepy little rapist looking dude from Monopoly. (His monocle gives me the willies!)
With a deck of black question cards and a deck of white answer cards CAH forces you to answer a seemingly innocent question with the most maniacal answers that’ll make your friends question your sanity. According to the sites directions you certainly want to be the one who eats the most fiber in the group:
“To start the game, each player draws ten white “answer” cards. The player “who pooped last”  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.”
With answers like “abortion”, “an argument with Richard Dawkins”, “not giving a shit about the third world”, and “edible underpants” each game is uniquely hilarious and shockingly honest.
With basically zero marketing CAH has risen to one of the best drunken card games to play with your friends who have questionable morals. CAH’s brilliance comes not only from their amazing writers and developers it also comes from you, the player. Players and fanatics can go onto the site and submit new card ideas for their many expansion packs, keeping CAH fresh and equally frightening.
Now, to the story of my introduction to this brilliant game of whit. Half buzzed one night sitting on the porch of my favorite local hole in the wall, (Brysons Irish Pub in 2011) my dearest friends printed out the cards and we all learned together that most of us are seriously disgusting human beings. After over three hours of game play and most likely a minimum of ten cocktails we got braver and more cynical in our responses. Because of curiosity, our loud mouths, and devilish heckles the bartender asked to play and game night was born.
CAH became a game that all of us couldn’t put down. The funny faces we’d make when dropping cards and the combinations of questions and answers became more and more stupefying. CAH’s urge to defy the norm in game play raised eyebrows on Black Friday when the makers of the game refused to sell out to the masses and boxed literal “shit” into their black game boxes. Let’s just say if I had to open that up on Christmas morning I would die laughing and then question why my parents apparently despise me.
With new expansion pack releases like “Holiday” and “Science” CAH stays wily with its refusal to conform to the generic. I just love it because I think the answers are hilarious and it forces people to think outside of their comfort zones. If you haven’t played this mind boggling game yet you can always download it for free or purchase it directly from their website. For those who aren’t sure if it’s worth the price you can find people tossing the cards around at a local game night near you.
If you’re in the South Florida area you can check out Monday CAH and “In The Biz” night at The Kreepy Tiki in FTL, where the winner gets a bar tab and a discount on tattoos at the adjoining ink shop. If you can’t do any of those things, find your friends with the loosest moral compass and slight alcoholic tendencies and I’m almost certain you’ll find a game box in their closet next to a 40 of Old English and a box of condoms from 1997. Oh the humanity!