Cards Against Humanity is a card game that invites our inner troll out to play, and it is now free to play online. Originally starting as a Kickstarter project, CAH has become a tabletop gaming hit; and it was only a matter of time before someone decided to build an online version of the game.
The premise of the game is relatively simple. Players take turns to act as the judge for the round and draws a single black card. Each other player then plays one white card from their hand to match the text on the black card. The idea is to be as inappropriate and politically incorrect as possible. Needless to say, this is not a game for polite company.
While the online version was not made by the original developers, the web version (called “Cards Against Originality”) is perfectly legal as CAH was released under the Creative Commons license. This simply means that anyone is free to distribute as long as it isn’t done for profit. It is very evident as the game is also available for anyone to download and print, along with a couple of blank templates for adding custom cards in the event that the game gets stale.
There is a catch to the online version of CAH: it still requires other people in the same room. The web app allows players to invite their friends over a local connection by sharing a URL. Like all tabletop games, CAH is meant to encourage human interaction; and playing with faceless strangers over the internet causes it to lose quite a bit of humour and soul.
The web app CAH has the base game as well as five of its expansion packs available. It is available to try out here.