Can You Play Cards Against Humanity With 2 or 3 Players (Should You?)


Can You Play Cards Against Humanity With 2 or 3 Players (Should You?)

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​Cards Against Humanity is an adult party game where players complete fill-in-the-blank statements using words and/or phrases that are typically deemed politically incorrect, risqué or offensive that are printed on playing cards.

​Cards Against Humanity has listed the recommended number of players as 3-20+. So according to the manufacturer you would be fine playing with three people but not with two. 

You could certainly play with only two people but the game would be different as there would never be a clear winner. However you could still have tons of fun playing and laughing at all the card combinations. 

​At the start of the game, each player draws 10 white cards. According to the rule book, the person who most recently defecated (yes it’s in the rules) begins as the “Card Czar” and plays a black card face up after reading the question or fill-in-the-blank phrase out loud to the other players. 

The other players then answer the question or fill in the blanks by passing one or more white cards (however many required by the black card) face down to the Card Czar. 

The Card Czar then shuffles the cards to ensure they do not know who played what cards, reads the black card out loud one more time and then presents the white cards to the entire group. 

The Card Czar then picks the answer they believe to be the funniest and whoever played that card as the answer gets one “Awesome Point”. After the round, a new player becomes the Card Czar and everyone draws white cards to be back at 10.

​The game does not say how someone wins the game and instead says to just have fun playing. My friends and I prefer to play the first to 10 wins or whatever number we decide on prior to starting the game.

​The game was released in 2011 and quickly became the number one game on Amazon. Since its release, Cards Against Humanity, has also released countless expansion packs to add to the game for even more fun. 

Some of these packs include the Period Pack, Everything Box, Nerd Bundle, Green Box, Big Black Metal Box and the 90s Nostalgia Pack.

​While the suggested players is 3-20+ I strongly encourage you to play with a minimum of 4 to 5 players as it makes the game more interesting and fun. If you only have 3 people to play, however, you can absolutely still have fun with that number of players.

To see all of the current expansion packs for the game just click here. 

​Is Cards Against Humanity Kid Friendly? 

​Cards Against Humanity is a card game that was released in 2011. In this game players complete fill-in-the-blank statements using words and/or phrases that are typically deemed politically incorrect, risqué or offensive that are printed on playing cards.

According to the makers of ​Cards Against Humanity it is for players 17 years of age and older. This is because the game is definitely not kid friendly.

The company did however release a game called Kids Against Maturity for the younger children to be able to play. 

​Kids Against Maturity is rated for kids ages 8+ and a minimum of 4 players. The card phrases are funny with layered innuendos and silly potty humor. There are fart, poop and pee jokes along with some edgy cards that may be offensive to some.

​The game comes with 500 question and answer cards that are broken into two colors. At the start of the game each player draws 10 white cards. Each player then takes turns reading a blue question card that will set the players up to make a good joke. 

Each player, minus the one reading the blue card, will pick a white card that they believe to be the funniest answer to the question. The question reader will then shuffle the cards, read the blue card out loud and then present each white card to the group. 

Once all of the white cards have been read the question reader will select the funniest answer and award the blue card to the winner.  Once the winner is chosen, players then draw white cards to total 10 in their hand and a new person will read the next question. 

The player to reach the predetermined number of cards first is the winner.

​There are a handful of cards that may be more offensive to some players as they have a sexual nature to them. These cards tend to have a double meaning though, one for the adults and one for the children. 

Examples of these cards are Santa’s big fat sack, one twig and two berries, and Lake Titicaca. Any cards that players find offensive can be easily removed from the deck.

​Is Apples To Apples Similar To Cards Against Humanity?

​Apples to Apples is a card game that was released in the late 90s. It is a game for four or more partygoers ages 12 and up.

​Apples to Apples seeks to match nouns to the most apt description while Cards Against Humanity is designed to complete a statement in the most humorous way possible.

Although Apples To Apples and Cards Against Humanity both require a judge to decide the winner after cards are placed down, that’s really where the similarities end. Apples to Apples is very family friendly while CAH is not even close to that! 

In Apples To Apples there are two decks of cards, one is red and the other is green. To start the game, you place a stack of red apple cards and green apple cards in the middle of the playing area. 

You should then select the first judge however you deem fit, do not worry about who goes first as everyone will have a chance to go. 

The judge then deals seven red apple cards facedown to each of the players, including themselves. In full view of all the players, the judge will take a green apple card from the top of the deck and read it out loud to the other players. 

After reading the card, all players minus the judge will select a red apple card from their hand that has the closest meaning to the green apple card. The judge will then read each of the submissions before choosing what they consider to be the best match. 

In each round the slowest person to choose a red card is disqualified.

While there are definitely similarities between the games, they are also completely different in many ways. 

Cards Against Humanity tends to be a much more crude game (hence the 17+ player age recommendation) while Apples To Apples is a more fun game for a younger group or a group that does not want the crude humor of Cards Against Humanity.

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