The game is actually quite simple. There are black cards and white cards. The black cards contain questions, the white answers. Someone pulls a black card, and everyone else selects the white card in their hand that’s the best fit. What makes this game exceptional is that both the questions and the answers are creative, witty, and at times, downright offensive. Think Apples to Apples but for despicable adults (i.e. us).
The game, originally financed on Kickstarter, has been wildly successful and widely acclaimed. They’ve made it to #2 on Amazon’s Toys and Games list. Here’s where the story gets interesting. The creators aren’t doing it for the money. If you’re up for a little DIY project, they invite you to download the cards and print and cut them yourself. Further, this past holiday season they created an expansion pack of cards and invited buyers to chose their price. They ended up raising more than $70,000 in profit. Could they have kept it? Sure. Did they? No. Instead, the donated their profits to the Wikimedia foundation. For being so foul-mouthed and politically incorrect, these creators are awfully generous.
So remember: if you create something special, people will pay for it (even if you don’t ask them to). So plan your next dinner party and let Cards Against Humanity serve as the entertainment. Perhaps it will get your own creative juices flowing.*
*Here’s my disclaimer. Some of the cards are really offensive. So make sure you have a good sense of humor if you decide to pick up this game!