Wild Night In: Cards Against Humanity

Some nights, going out just isn’t an option. Whether you are broke, need to wake up early the next day or just don’t feel like leaving the house that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself. There are plenty of ways to have a fun night with friends that doesn’t involve going out to bars or house parties. One of those is the legendary card game for horrible people, Cards Against Humanity.

The game is, at its core, a shameful ripoff of the rules of “Apples to Apples.” The category designating green cards are replaced by black cards, and red cards are replaced by white. The game begins by selecting a Card Tzar, given to the player who most recently pooped, who draws a black card that lists either a statement or a question, and the other players select a white card to respond with. The Card Tzar chooses a winner, and that player becomes the next Tzar.

Cards Against Humanity distinguishes itself from its spiritual predecessor by, being completely and irreverently offensive. Many of the most (in)famous white cards are unfit to print, but expect to have the question “How did my last relationship end?” answered with the likes of “Multiple stab wounds,” “Sharing needles” or “Roland the Farter, Flatulist to the King.” To play this game, one must leave all sense of morality and decency at the door, and give into jokes about depraved sexual acts, dead infants and genocide.

Due to the game’s popularity, four official expansions have been released to add new adventures in lewdness and debauchery, along with five limited release expansions. Chances are your first play will get you hooked, so there is also the Bigger, Blacker Box to contain the multitude of white and black cards to collect. If you do buy the Box though, be sure to locate the secret card hidden in the lid, it is possibly the best white card of all.

This game is already an incredibly popular fixture of many students’ homes, but if you haven’t had a chance to experience this exercise in depravity, it’s time you checked it out for yourself. Borrow a friend’s copy or buy one for yourself at Rook’s Comics and Games. It’s a great way to break the ice at a party or to assemble some friends for a game night. Leave your notions of decency at the door though, because no person’s sense of political correctness survives more than two rounds of this game.