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Tabletop Game: Cards Against Humanity
A party game for horrible people.

Cards Against Humanity is what happens when you make a party game out of an unholy union of Apples To Apples, Mad Libs, and Refuge in Audacity.

Players start with 10 white cards, each with a different noun or gerund verb (one that ends in -ing) on them. The judge—officially known as the "Card Czar"—plays a black card, which has a question or a statement with at least one blank. The players then play a white card (or cards) for the judge to evaluate, and the judge gets to choose who is the winner. Players draw back up to 10 cards, and the next person in rotation judges.

Much like Apples To Apples, there is a theoretical win condition, but it's frequently played as an exercise to see who can be the most hilariously inappropriate.

The cards can be downloaded for free to print yourself, and the cards are also available for purchase on actual card stock. There's also a web version that's free to play, which includes the expansions.

At Gen Con 2013, the CAH creators hosted a competition reality show called Tabletop Deathmatch for up-and-coming dev teams, with a first printing of their game as a reward. The show was judged by a panel of industry professionals and produced by LoadingReadyRun, and airs here.


This game has examples of:

  • Abusive Parents:
    White Card: Abusive Fathers.
    White Card: Daddy's Belt.
  • Action Girl:
    White Card: Strong female characters.
  • All of the Other Reindeer:
    White Card: Public ridicule.
  • Amazon Brigade:
    White Card: A tribe of warrior women.
  • Applied Mathematics:
    Black Card: _____ + _____ = _____.
    • This is by far one of the most thought-involving black cards. It asks players to each draw 2 cards first, giving each player a total of 12 cards to choose three of.
  • Asian Airhead:
    White Card: Asians who aren't good at math.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: One of the cards is about building a monument to work like this.
  • BEARS Are Bad News:
    White Card: BEARS!
  • Bestiality Is Depraved
    White Card: Firing a rifle into the air while balls deep in a squealing hog.
  • Black Comedy: Much of the appeal of the game. In fact, some of the white cards are perfectly innocuous things (like Heartwarming Orphans) just to bring how terrible some of the other cards are into sharp relief.
  • Black Is Bigger in Bed:
    White Card: A Big Black Dick.
    White Card: A Bigger Blacker Dick.
    White Card: The Biggest Blackest Dick.
  • Body Horror: Some cards are rather gruesome.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: Like Apples To Apples, "Playing to the judge" is highly encouraged.
  • But We Used a Condom:
    White Card: A defective condom.
  • Butt Monkey: Two of the biggest and most consistent ones are Glenn Beck and Henry Goto.
  • Canada, Eh?: Has a whole pack of its own.
  • Church of Happyology: One white card consists only of the religion's name.
  • Circles of Hell:
    Black Card: In the Seventh Circle of Hell, sinners must endure ______ for all eternity.
    White Card: The Final Circle of Hell.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Most cards that aren't vulgar or offensive are just plain bizarre.
    White Card: The mere concept of Applebee's.
    White Card: A good sniff.
    White Card: Synergistic management solutions.
    White Card: Stephen Hawking talking dirty.
    White Card: A monkey smoking a cigar.
    White Card: A falcon with a cap on its head.
  • Compensating for Something:
    White Card: Overcompensation.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The entire point.
  • Cure Your Gays:
    White Card: Praying the gay away.
  • Cyborg
    White Card: Cybernetic Enhancements.
  • Deep South:
    White Card: The South.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: It's possible to do this, and depending on the Card Czar, can sometimes lead to an automatic win once played.
    Play: In M. Night Shyamalan's new movie, Bruce Willis discovers that [Sarah Palin] had really been [Sarah Fuckin' Palin] all along.
  • Double Entendre: The bigger, blacker box, which is Exactly What It Says on the Tin and also comes with a small expansion pack about boxes.
  • Easter Egg: Believe it or not, one exists. If you have "The Bigger, Blacker Box", tear away at the top of the lid. There is a white card that says "The biggest, blackest dick."
  • Everything's Worse with Bees:
    White Card: Bees?
  • Expansion Pack: Four so far, not including the Limited Edition Holiday Pack, the bonus cards that come with The Bigger Blacker Box, and a handful of limited-edition cards given away at events like PAX or as part of the 2013 "12 Days of Bullshit" promotion. There was a 2012 holiday pack also.
    • There is also a third-party expansion called Crabs Adjust Humidity, which has two packs.
    • The website version has its own expansion packs custom-tailored to specific fandoms.
  • Fanservice Faux Fight:
    White Card: Sexy pillow fights.
  • House Rules: The game even comes with a list of house rules for the players to potentially include.
  • Game Mod: There are blanks for making up new cards included in the base set and expansions.
  • God
    White Card: God.
  • God Is Dead: This trope is the name for one of the suggested house rules.
    Play without a Card Czar. Each player picks his or her favorite card each round. The card with the most points wins the round.
  • Godwin's Law:
    White Card: Nazis.
    White Card: MechaHitler.
    White Card: Auschwitz.
    White Card: Poorly-timed Holocaust jokes.
  • Groin Attack: Some cards invoke this.
  • Haiku:
    Black Card: Make a haiku.
    • You must play three white cards, with each white card forming one line of your haiku.
    • One house rule suggested by the official rules is to save this card for the very last round. This is generally a good idea, partly because it makes for a nice climax to the game, and partly because it's much easier to make a haiku in this game when you can plan for it in advance.
  • House Rules: The ability to pass on a turn and instead discard as many cards as you like and then draw back up to a full hand is a common one.
  • I Love the Dead:
    White Card: Necrophilia.
  • I'm Going to Hell for This: A very common player reaction.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink:
    Black Card: I drink to forget ________.
  • Inherently Funny Words: Hilariously deconstructed. While the words are inherently funny, the situation they are involved in is not.
    White Card: Helplessly giggling at the mention of Hutus and Tutsis.
  • In a World:
    Black Card: In a world ravaged by _____, our only solace is _____.
  • Incendiary Exponent:
    White Card: Being on fire.
  • Large Ham:
    White Card: Nicolas Cage.
    White Card: William Shatner.
    White Card: Christopher Walken.
  • Lifetime Movie of the Week:
    Black Card: Lifetime® presents _____, the story of _____.
  • Magical Negro:
    White Card: Advice from a wise, old black man.
  • Mandatory Twist Ending:
    Black Card: In M. Night Shyamalan's new movie, Bruce Willis discovers that _____ had really been _____ all along.
  • Master Race
    White Card: The Master Race.
  • Memetic Mutation: A few memes are used as the basis for several cards.
    White Card: Pooping back and forth. Forever.
    White Card: Dying of dysentery.
    White Card: Switching to GEICO®.
    Black Card: _____. It's a trap!
  • Minimalism: From purely a design standpoint - the cards are either white with black Helvetica letters, or black with white Helvetica letters. This is to bring the game's focus sharply on the content of the cards themselves, which are frequently anything but minimalist.
  • Missing Steps Plan: One of the black cards asks you to choose what Steps 1 and 2 are, leading to the traditional Step Three (Profit!)
  • Mushroom Samba:
    Black Card: When I was tripping on acid, _____ turned into _____.
  • Nobody Poops: Averted in the official rules. Players decide who is the first to judge based on who pooped the most recently.
  • Nocturnal Emission:
    White Card: Wet dreams.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Averted.
    White Card: Christopher Walken.
    White Card: Keanu Reeves.
    White Card: William Shatner.
    White Card: Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
    White Card: Aaron Burr.
    White Card: Will Smith.
    White Card: Heath Ledger.
    White Card: Billy Mays.
    White Card: Michael Jackson.
    White Card: Osama Bin Laden.
    White Card: Kim-Jong Il.
    • Some get a bit more...creative.
    White Card: Feeding Rosie O'Donnell.
    White Card: Rush Limbaugh's soft, shitty body.
    White Card: A greased-up Matthew Mc Conaughey.
    White Card: Emma Watson dressed as crab dancing to K-POP.
  • No Indoor Voice:
    Black Card: BILLY MAYS HERE FOR _____.
  • Noodle Implements: Beyond the illogic behind some possible plays, some white cards suggest these even without further contextualization.
    White Card: An oversized lollipop.
    White Card: A stray pube.
    White Card: A bag of magic beans.
    White Card: A really cool hat.
    White Card: That thing that electrocutes your abs.
  • Noodle Incident: ... and by extension, some of these as well.
  • Nose Nuggets:
    White Card: Boogers.
  • Nuclear Option:
    White Card: A Thermonuclear Detonation.
  • Oedipus Complex:
    White Card: An Oedipus complex.
  • Overreacting Airport Security:
    Black Card: TSA guidelines now prohibit _____ on airplanes.
    • Played straight if the white card is something innocent, harmless, or so obscure that you find yourself scratching your head about how this could possibly be a rule.
    • Inverted if the white card is something obviously dangerous like, say, Kamikaze Pilots. They must have been Underreacting Airport Security if it took this long to put a rule like that into effect.
  • Pants-Free:
    White Card: Not wearing pants.
  • Parental Abandonment:
    White Card: Dead parents.
  • Police Brutality:
    White Card: Police brutality.
  • Product Placement:
    White Card: The Tempur Pedic® Swedish Sleep System™.
    White Card: Five-Dollar Footlongs™.
    White Card: Go-Gurt®.
    White Card: Lunchables™.
    White Card: Adderall™.
    White Card: A Bop It™.
    White Card: Fancy Feast®.
    White Card: Domino's™ Oreo™ Dessert Pizza.
    White Card: Viagra®.
    White Card: Pabst Blue Ribbon.
    White Card: Cards Against Humanity.
  • Raging Stiffie:
    White Card: An erection that lasts longer than four hours.
  • Random Number God: Called "Rando Cardrissian" in this game. Should you choose to have Rando as a "player", "he" gets a pile of cards that only "he" can draw from. Quoth the rules:
    [I]f [Rando] wins the game, all players go home in a state of everlasting shame.
  • Refuge in Audacity: If there is anything that someone will not want insulted, it'll be put on a white card so that folks can come up with terrible ways to discuss it.
  • Refuge in Vulgarity: Several of the cards are of a rather scatological or sexual nature.
  • Riding into the Sunset:
    White Card: Riding off into the sunset.
  • Satan:
    White Card: The Devil himself.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    White Card: Cards Against Humanity.
    White Card: A bunch of idiots playing a card game instead of interacting like normal humans.
  • Serious Business: This trope is the name for one of the suggested house rules. It's also an example of the trope, in the sense that it adds what some people would consider an unneeded layer of complexity to the game.
    Instead of picking a favorite card each round, the Card Czar ranks the top three in order. The best card gets 3 Awesome Points, the second-best gets 2, and the third gets 1. Keep a running tally of the score, and at the end of the game, the winner is declared the funniest, mathematically speaking.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: A couple of the cards are vague descriptions along these lines.
  • Shout-Out: On many cards of both types.
  • Sideboob:
    White Card: Tasteful sideboob.
  • Slippery Slope Fallacy: Invoked by one black card:
    Black Card: _____ is a slippery slope that leads to _____.
  • Slipping a Mickey:
    White Card: Roofies.
  • Tabletop Game Cruelty Potential
  • Tabletop Game Perversity Potential
    • One play, popularized by the web show Table Flip:
    Play: After months of practice with [sexual humiliation], I think I'm finally ready for [my mom].
    Black Card: How did I lose my virginity?
    Marzia's White Card: Bees?
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler:
    White Card: Mecha-Hitler.
  • Take That: By far, the longest and most intricate descriptions on the white cards belong to horrible actions to be done unto Glenn Beck.
    Black Card: Glenn Beck convulsively vomiting as a brood of crab spiders hatches in his brain and erupts from his tear ducts.
  • Teen Pregnancy:
    White Card: Teenage pregnancy.
  • Teeny Weenie:
    White Card: A micropenis.
  • Temporal Paradox:
    White Card: A time travel paradox.
  • Thanks for the Mammary:
    White Card: Copping a feel.
  • The Klan:
    White Card: The KKK
  • The Loins Sleep Tonight:
    White Card: Erectile dysfunction.
  • The Nineties: The theme of the latest (at the time of this writing) card pack.
  • They Fight Crime: Given the very random nature of this game, answers to this black card will almost certainly result in this trope.
    Black Card: What's the next superhero/sidekick duo?
  • Too Smart for Strangers:
    White Card: Stranger danger.
  • Villain Ball:
    Black Card: But before I kill you, Mr. Bond, I must show you _____.
  • Waxing Lyrical:
    White Card: My humps.
    White Card: All the single ladies.
    Black Card: War! What is it good for?
  • Weight Woe:
    White Card: Bingeing and purging.
  • We Will Spend Credits in the Future: Implied by the following card.
    Black Card: In 1,000 years, when paper money is a distant memory, how will we pay for goods and services?
  • What an Idiot: invoked
    White Card: Unfathomable stupidity.
  • World War Whatever:
    Black Card: I don't know with what weapons World War III will be fought with, but World War IV will be fought with:
  • You Have to Have Jews:
    White Card: Jews.
    White Card: Jew-fros.
  • Your Mom: Inverted.
    White Card:: My mom.

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