Pick of the Week – September 15-21, 2014

If you spend much time on the Internet, you can quickly develop a somewhat skewed view of the world.  It’s so very easy to spend all of your time on sites that are populated only by people who share your interests and worldview.  Every so often I get a reminder that what is common knowledge to me may not be so for the world at large.

This week’s pick, the game Cards Against Humanity, is a case in point.  I was under the impression that everyone had at least heard of the game and was familiar with the concept, even if they had never played it.  That’s not the case, though, so, for the betterment of society, I’m doing my bit to spread the word.

If you’ve ever played Apples to Apples, you will easily pick up Cards Against Humanity.  Every player has 10 white cards in their hand, each with a different “answer” printed on it.  In each round, one player acts as the judge and reads a question or fill-in-the-blank statement from a black card, and each remaining player hands in a white card that they feel best fits the black card.  The judge then reads the submitted answers aloud and chooses their favorite.  The player whose card was picked gets the point for that round.

It’s simple enough.  The fun of Cards Against Humanity comes from the content of the cards themselves, which…well…let me put it this way, the subtitle for the game is “A Party Game for Horrible People.”  If you are remotely prudish or easily offended, this probably isn’t the game for you.  It’s also something to keep in mind when recruiting other players.  I would never play it with my parents.  I think they’d hate it.  I can’t see my father making it through a single round.  And even if they did want to play, there are just something things that I don’t want to know.  That said, one of the most entertaining games of Cards Against Humanity I ever played was almost won by a woman in her eighties who possessed a surprisingly dirty and twisted mind.

The basic game and four expansion packs are available on the game’s website.  Additionally, for the last couple of years around the holidays, the game’s makers have offered holiday-themed cards for charity.  In 2012, they raised over $70,000 for Wikipedia, and in 2013, they raised over $100,000 for Donors Choose, which helps fund educational projects.  Those holiday packs and a 90’s Nostalgia pack are also available on the website.

- Alan Decker

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