Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity

Updated Jan 14, 2014 at 11:54PM EST by Brad.

Added Jan 10, 2014 at 02:13PM EST by Molly Horan.

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Cards Against Humanity is a party game featuring Mad Libs style cards in which players try to match white “answer” cards" containing a noun or a gerund, with a black “question” card containing a fill-in-the-blank statement. The game is often compared to the more family-friendly precursor Apples to Apples.


To play cards against humanity, each player begins with ten white cards each. Then one player designated as the "card czar draws a black card, which poses a question or has a statement with one or more blank. Each player then plays one card they think will fit with the black card in the funniest way. The card czar selects their favorite, and that player receives the black card. This process then repeats with a new car czar.

There are several alternative ways to play including “God is Dead,” when players work without a card czar, and “Never Have I Ever,” when players may discard cards they don’t understand as long as they admit their lack of knowledge to the group.[5]

Online History

The game was created by a group of friends for a New Year’s Eve party in . It was then uploaded to their website[5] where people can download a printable version of the cards for free. Following the success of their Kickstarter campaign in 2010, a printed card set became available for purchase in 2012.

Kickstarter Campaign

On December 10th, 2010 Max Temkin created a Kickstarter Campaign[1] to create a printed box set. Pledging $15 dollars would get backers the box set, while $30 would get them the set as well as 16 custom printed cards. The project received well over their $4,000 goal, and when it ended on January 30th, they had raised over $15,000.

Ladies Against Humanity

Ladies Against Humanity[2] is a Tumblr blog created by Kate Stayman-London[3] on January 8th, 2014. The blog features images of Cards Against Humanity style cards with female-centric jokes created by Stayman-London or submitted by other Tumblr users.

Headlines Against Humanity

Headlines Against Humanity[6] is a website created in January 2014 devoted to examining “click bait” headlines. On the homepage two cards stylized like Cards Against Humanity cards each contain a headline; one real, and one fake. Visitors to the site click on the card they believe to be the real headline and the card flips revealing if their guess was correct.

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I’m surprised this didn’t have an article until now considering its popularity. (Heads up: the Origins section’s first sentence cuts off halfway)

I played the physical card game just the other week with my friends. We came upon a white card that said “Pac-man uncontrollably guzzling cum.”

Obviously, that card is an automatic win no matter the situation and needs to be nerfed.


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