Ringing in the New Year with Cards Against Humanity

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Image: Amazon.com
Image: Amazon.com.

Okay now, a show of hands.

How many of you play Cards Against Humanity, “a party game for horrible people?” It’s the politically incorrect, edgy, awkward card game! Now, how many played it on New Year’s Eve with friends and/or family? I can’t believe I’m admitting how much I love this game! I probably shouldn’t admit how good I was the first time I played it, either. It really brings out the sick sense of humor in everyone, doesn’t it?

A small group of us got together on New Year’s Eve and we decided we wanted to play the game. However, none of us had the game. We lamented briefly about not having the game, then contemplated going out to Target to try to find the cards right then and there. One of us then read on their website that we could download all of the cards free of charge under a Creative Commons license: 29 pages’ worth!

Wow, for it being the gutter-minded-iest, rudest game you will ever play, I found it so gracious of the company to give it away for free. What a great way to suddenly have the card game you want available! You can read more about the geeks who invented the game here.

The party hosts checked the ink in the printer, loaded up card stock, and got going with the printing. Then we party guests spent another hour with scissors and rotary paper cutters getting the cards ready. We played through just about all of the black card questions! And we kept having to shoo the kids out of the dining room.

I know that the game has been around for a while. In fact, GeekMom Ariane previously discussed a 2012 holiday promotion where the company offered an expansion pack for any donation you felt comfortable giving. All the proceeds went straight to the Wikimedia Foundation.

On New Year’s Eve, I shared on my Facebook feed that we were cutting out the cards and playing the game. I was tickled to learn how many friends of mine were also playing, not only with friends, but also with family!  So many of the GeekMoms were playing as well! I’m not sure how well I could play with my family; what about you?

Something else I learned about was how many people quietly Google some of the words on their smartphones, while sitting at the table playing. In fact, one of us Googled “swooping” and the Urban Dictionary definition gave us away and resulted in plenty of LOLs at our table.

Do you play Cards Against Humanity? Do you feel as awkward as I do playing it?

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3 thoughts on “Ringing in the New Year with Cards Against Humanity

  1. My in-laws do a gift exchange at Christmas. This year, the category was leisure, and the limit was $25. I took a chance and grabbed CAH, wrapped it up and put in the pile, hoping that it would be grabbed by one of my brother-in-laws. No such luck, it was grabbed by my mother-in-law. When it was unwrapped, they all thought it was silly but, my mother-in-law said she wanted to try it after supper.

    We all had an absolute blast playing it. There is nothing quite like hearing your mother-in-law being unable to read some of the answers because she is laughing so hard.

    I pulled out my copy on New Years Eve to play with the friends we had over. It got the same type of reception.

  2. we’ve been playing thia game for awhile with lots of our friends. there is never a dull game! its affordable,and a blast to play. the laughter wont cease!

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