Cards Against Humanity is a card game marketed as being "for horrible people," which is a eerily perfectly fitting slogan. The game is a politically incorrect multiplayer party game currently available for free digital download, or by purchase of a published copy made possible by donations from Kickstarter. Cards Against Humanity is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial - Share Alike license, making it possible to consider it an open source product. Its title references the phrase "crimes against humanity." The game is described by O.G.R.E.s as:
|“||Apples to Apples for the criminally offensive!||”|
|—Hooper, Director of Communications, Roll Call Newsletter|
Cards Against Humanity was created by a group of alumni of Highland Park High School as a party game for a New Year's Eve celebration. Cards Against Humanity was financed through the website Kickstarter, exceeding its funding goal by nearly 300% by the project's end on January 30, 2011. Creator Ben Hantoot stated in an interview with Dice Hate Me that the game was developed by "8 of us who are the core writer-creators, 5 or 6 additional 'part time' developers" and "dozens of friends and acquaintances who have played the game".
In October 2011, the game was exhibited as part of the "Big Games" area of the annual IndieCade games festival in Culver City, where the release of a first expansion was officially announced.
In November 2011, Cards Against Humanity released the first expansion to their game, which contained 112 new cards and sold out in three days.
The Cards Against Humanity website describes the rules of the game:
|“||To start the game, each player draws ten white "answer" cards. One randomly chosen player begins as the Card Czar, and plays a black "question" card. The Card Czar reads the question out to the group. Each player answers the question by passing one white "answer" card, face down, to the Card Czar. The Card Czar shuffles all of the answers, reads them out loud in a humorous fashion, and picks their favorite. Whoever played that answer gets to keep the Black Card as one Awesome Point. After each round, a new player becomes the Card Czar, and every player draws back up to ten cards.||”|
|—Unknown Contributor, Official Website|
The game includes rules for so-called "Pick 2s" and "Pick 3s," black question cards that are answered with multiple white answer cards. The official rules include additional provisions for gambling previously won "Awesome Points" for the right to play additional white cards during a round. Many house rules also exist for Cards Against Humanity.