cards against humanity review

Cards Against Humanity is a card game which has been compared to Apples to Apples, but is an adult version. Ranked one of the best Toys and Games on Amazon.com, it makes a great party game for adults (a minimum of 4 players). It is easy to play and will keep the participants laughing hysterically. Expansion versions are also available for more game possibilities.

Cards Against Humanity

FEATURES OF CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY:

  • sold by Cards Against Humanity, LLC, and Fulfilled by Amazon
  • 550 playing cards – 460 white, 90 black
  • can be gift-wrapped
  • countless possible rounds with 6 players
  • includes game rules and alternate rules
  • professionally printed on plastic-coated cardstock
  • shrink-wrapped
  • one deck costs around $25.00

 

PROS AND CONS:

This deck card game is best when played by four or more players. The optimum number seems to be six. If you have eight, the game will still be fun but can drag on. The game is made up of two sets of cards: one is a set-up card which may say something like, “My dog is wonderful at ______ but horrible at ______.” A player would select two cards from his hand to complete the sentence. Possible answers might be “cooking dinner” and “resisting temptation.” The content is definitely anti-establishment and politically incorrect, so it is not for the sensitive or those who are easily offended.

It is also not for children middle-school aged or younger. The box is clearly marked “17 and up.” Teenagers might enjoy it, especially if they enjoy movies like Porky’s and Hangover.   Players must have a sense of humor and be able to laugh at crudity. Ninety-two per cent of reviewers give this game five stars; however, some of the questions and answers are in bad taste, disgusting, and may cause players to be uncomfortable as they laugh at topics like the Holocaust, racism, and cancer.

Buyers might want to be careful about whom they invite to play this game. Although it is not anti-religion, churchgoers may find it offensive.

 

WHO WILL LIKE CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY?

Adults at a party will love this game. It helps if you have a warped, twisted sense of humor or an outright dirty mind; or if you drink before playing. It is downright sick and irreverent, but hilarious.

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7 wonders game

7 Wonders is a dedicated deck card game that features ancient civilizations. At the start of the game, each player randomly receives a gameboard called a ‘Wonder board.’ Each board depicts one of Antipater of Sidon‘s original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Player lay cards to build a city made of various structures around their Wonder boards. The boards are double-sided; the wonders on side A are generally easier to build, while those on side B grant more interesting benefits.


7 Wonders Game

How is 7 Wonders Played?

7 Wonders is played over three ages, known in the game as Ages I, II and III, using three decks of cards. In each age, seven cards are randomly dealt to each player. The game uses a card-drafting mechanic in which, once per turn, each player selects a card to play from his or her hand, then passes the remaining cards (face-down) to the next player. This process is repeated until five out of the seven cards have been played. At this point, each player must choose to play one of his remaining two cards and discard the other.

Each age card represent a structure, and playing a card means building a structure. To build a structure, a player must first pay the construction cost, in coins or in one or more of the seven resource types, then lay it down by his or her Wonder board. A player lacking the resources available may pay his direct neighbors to use their resources, normally at two coins per resource, if available.

Instead of building a structure, a player may choose either to discard an Age card to earn three coins from the bank or to use the card to build a stage of his or her wonder. The Wonder boards have from two to four stages, shown at the bottom of the board. To build a wonder stage, a player must pay the resource cost listed on the stage, then put an age card underneath the wonder board in the appropriate place.

Types of Age Card

There are seven types of Age card, representing different types of structure, as determined by the color of their background.

  1. Red cards (military structures) contain ‘shield’ symbols; these are added together to give a player’s military strength, which is used in conflict resolution at the end of each age.
  2. Yellow cards (commercial structures) have several effects: they can grant coins, resources and/or victory points or decrease the cost of buying resources from neighbors.
  3. Green cards (scientific structures): each card has one of three symbols. Combinations of the symbols are worth victory points.
  4. Blue cards (civic structures [mistranslated as ‘civilian’ in the game rules]): all grant a fixed number of victory points.
  5. Brown cards (raw materials) provide one or two of the four raw material resources used in the game (wood, ore, brick and stone.)
  6. Grey cards (manufactured goods) provide one of the three manufactured goods used in the game (glass, papyrus and textiles.)
  7. Purple cards (guilds) generally grant victory points based on the structures a player and/or his neighbors have built.

Brown and grey cards only appear in the Age I and II decks; purple cards only appear in the Age III deck.

At the end of each age, military conflicts are resolved between neighbors. This is done by comparing the number of shield symbols on the players’ red cards, and awarding victory points accordingly. Once all three decks have been played, players tally their scores in all the different developed areas (civil, scientific, commercial, etc.) The player with the most victory points wins.

Rules of Base Game

In the base game, there are seven means of obtaining victory points:

  1. Military victories – 1 point for a victory (having the most shields) during the first age, 3 for the second age and 5 for the third age. A defeated player takes a -1 victory point counter regardless of the age.
  2. Gold coins – One point for every 3 coins a player possesses at the end of the game.
  3. Wonder stages – Many of the wonder stages grant a fixed number of victory points.
  4. Civic structures (blue cards) – Each structure grants a fixed number of victory points.
  5. Commercial Structures (yellow cards) – Age III commercial structures grant victory points based on certain structures a player has built.
  6. Guilds (purple cards) – The guilds provide several means of gaining victory points, most of which are based on the types of structure a player and/or his neighbors have built.

Scientific structures (green cards) – Each green card has a symbol on it – tablet, compass or gear. One card of a type grants one victory point, but two cards grant four; the number of points granted is equal to the number of symbols possessed squared. Additionally, each set of tablet, compass and gear possessed is worth 7 points.

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