If you’re familiar at all with the internet, or enjoy tabletop/card games, you have probably played Cards Against Humanity (CAH), or at the very least had someone say to you “You have to play! It’s so funny! It’s like Apples to Apples, but better! One of the cards is “dick fingers”… no really… trust me, it’s hilarious! But you probably shouldn’t play with your grandma.”
If you are of the fortunate folks who owns the game, or join in on frequent CAH get-to-togethers, you might be experiencing a sense of “been there, done that.”
Played with the right group of people CAH never truly really gets “old” but the magic can wain after a while.
Like taking a vacation with your partner, upping the anti with Charades using the CAH cards can put a little romance back into the relationship.
Take the basic rules for Charades, use the CAH white cards as your clues, and get ready to bring back that side splitting laughter you experienced the first time. You may even pee a little.
We got the chance to start this ball rolling during my birthday party last month. Many of us were a few sheets to the wind (and by many of us, I mean me) and someone started handing me cards to act out. We didn’t play a standard game, but got enough of an idea to know this was genius.
– Provide alcohol – some of your more reserved friends might need to oil their joints
– Play with people who have played the game before – some of the clues are so specific there’s just no way anyone who hasn’t could get them
– If you’re playing with people who haven’t played before, or have only played once, consider screening your cards to only things that are more universal
– Determine before hand how specific/exact someone needs to be – If the clue is “Freddy Kruger jacking off a metal horse” does it count if someone guesses “a metal horse getting jacked off by Freddy Kurger”?
– Also, CAH makes the game available for free! You can download the PDF and print yourself, or professionally.
A few quick thoughts from Cat on her experience:
I have theater nerd roots, so doing this sober was not a problem for me. Honestly, half of the fun is seeing reserved/shy people react to the card they’ve been given to act out. The whole group has played CAH so many times that this was a really great way to spice things up. It’s wild, awkward, creative, slightly subversive – all great parts of an evening with friends.
*Fun Fact: When she was 10-13ish, only 1 out of every 5 batches of sugar cookie dough would make it past the butter/sugar stage and end up in the oven instead of Brie’s stomach. #ThisIsWhyI’mFat
P.S. She also set the microwave on fire during the same era while making home-made microwavable popcorn. Pro tip: Alton Brown is WRONG and you cannot put a paper bag with staples into the microwave; things will go badly.
P.P.S Happy ending. Even though to put out the fire she threw a bowl of water onto it and shorted all the circuits, the microwave started working after a week and her mom was non-the-wiser.
P.P.P.S But, I guess not any longer…