Like House of Cards, Cards Against Humanity is an edgy, decidedly R-rated entertainment designed to shock, titillate, and enthrall grown-ups, preferably while sipping a fine Scotch and eating an enormous plate of barbecue. Maybe more importantly, both the Emmy-winning Netflix drama and the Kickstarter-backed “party game for horrible people” have names featuring the word “cards.”
So it was only a matter of time before Netflix and the makers of CAH teamed up to bring us an all-new party game: House of Cards Against Humanity, which is basically a dirtier, more spoiler-filled version of Apples to Apples. “To research this pack,” the CAH team writes, “we talked with the head writer of House of Cards and watched almost all of the first season. Like many of you, we can’t wait to see what all of our favorite characters, like Remy Danton and Peter Russo, do in season two!”
The bad news is that hard copies of CAH’s House of Cards-themed deck are already sold out. (Dastardly Raymond Tusk must be behind this.) The good news? Like CAH’s main game, House of Cards Against Humanity is available for free download via Slugline’s own homebase, the Internet. Print out a pack, gather a group of HOC fans, and get ready to play. The rules are simple: Player 1 draws a black card. The other players each draw white cards sporting phrases designed to fill in the black card’s blank(s). Everyone puts their cards on the table; whichever combination Player 1 likes best wins the round.
And just so you know what you’re getting into, here’s what those white cards happen to say:
25 sh–ty jokes about House of Cards.
An origami swan that’s some kind of symbol?
A homoerotic subplot.
Forcing a handjob on a dying man.
Ribs so good they transcend race and class.
The sensitive European photographer who’s f—ing my wife.
Carbon monoxide poisoning.
Discharging a firearm in a residential area.
Getting eaten out while on the phone with Dad.
Making it look like a suicide.
A much younger woman.
An older man.
Strangling a dog to make a point to the audience.
A childless marriage.
Punching a congressman in the face.