(EDIT: psst, hey y’all, did you know that two of my fellow contributors have their own CAH expansion? No? Well, get yer ass to this link and check it out)
No really, I do. I know it’s become popular now to hate on the game and call it not funny or trying too hard at being “edgy”, and they’re right. I’m not going to really argue with those views, and I’m not trying to convince anyone who’s done with the game or never want to give it a try.
But me? I love it all the same. I love getting together with friends, having a few drinks, and spending the evening indulging in laughs and dark humor. The company has done amazing things with the ridiculous amount of money they’ve earned with the sales, charities, selling nothing, selling literal shit, selling foot by foot plots on a protected island, giving their factory workers in China a week’s paid vacation, just awesome things. And I like supporting these efforts.
Yes this is definitely a case of “my fav is totes problematic” (more on that subject in another post), but the game is funny and can be a lot of fun – with caveats.
Playing with the unaltered deck is uncomfortable, to say the least. There are so many problematic cards in it. “Hardworking Mexican”, use of the t-slur, shit about big black dicks, etc. A lot of the humor is based on vulgar edgelord “shock” value.
But there isn’t a rule that requires you to play with an unaltered deck. My friends who have decks, more geeky and socially aware, have custom ones (if you have never played with Miri’s uber deck of awesome, you have missed out on an experience). I have gone through my own and pulled out all the ones that make me cringe. Some even allow for people to take out problematic cards during play. You can even create your own cards. It’s great for in-jokes in groups, and it keeps the game fresh.
Do you want to refresh your deck further? Have some expansions, hell, have themed deck sets. Do you like Dr. Who, here you go. There’s a My Little Pony deck in the online version (Pretend You’re Xyzzy). Like a more woman focused deck, Ladies Against Humanity has your back. Want to support a scholarship for women getting into STEM? There’s a science-based deck for that. Hell, there’s a Lieutenant who is working on a military version of this game.
And like any game, it really depends on who you play with. I don’t play with a group I don’t know, because yeah, I might run the risk of having to uncomfortable-laugh my way through card after card after card. It’s the same deal with RPGs and poker. You don’t want to play with that one person who throws a literal fit when their dice is being shitty that night.
And about the humor? I’ll admit, I love me some dark gallows humor sometimes. The world sucks, especially if you’re “woke” and see the injustices in our society. Sometimes I need to get together with like-minded people and make terrible jokes, awful groaners, and some amazing on the point winners. It’s a release value. It sticks a finger in the eye to those who say them darn Ess-Jay-Double Ewes don’t have a sense of humor. Most importantly, it’s fun.
So, yeah, I’m going to keep playing as long as I can find people to play with.
Anyone up for a game?
(Note: If you’re really done with CAH and want to try another sort of card game? Try Slash. The ever awesome Greta and her ever awesome wife Ingrid introduced me to this game at Skepticon 8 – and it’s hilarious.)