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Cards Against Humanity has a new family-friendly edition you can download for free

A scatological move.

The creators of Cards Against Humanity have released a new family-friendly version of the popular party board game you can play at home for free.

Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition is much the same as the original card game, with players choosing white card answers to fill the blanks in black card prompts. Each round, the ‘card czar’ picks the “funniest” combination to score a point.

While Cards Against Humanity has caused controversy and divided opinion over its no-holds-barred approach to including offensive content and encouraging players to laugh at a range of tasteless subjects, its family board game spin-off deliberately cleans up the selection of questions and answers.

The new print-and-play game is said to be suitable for players aged eight and up, although its makers still recommend adults sort through the cards and remove anything they feel crosses the line. According to its creators, the game is equivalent in content to a PG movie, with “crap” and “boobies” being the most mature language used.

The Family Edition was apparently created in consultation with child psychologists and experts in child development, and playtested with younger players to ensure its appropriateness. Rather than being a reskin of the original Cards Against Humanity, the family board game is said to have been rewritten from scratch - although at least a few of the cards reference existing CAH cards, such as “When I pooped, what came out of my butt?”

While the cards dial things back in tone, there’s still plenty of crude humour on display - with plenty of poop, puke and suggestion. White cards include “diarrhea”, “big butt cheeks filled with poop” and “barfing into a popcorn bucket”, while the black cards ask things such as “Where do babies come from?”

The Cards Against Humanity: Family Edition print-and-play is described as being a public beta of the upcoming board game, with the finished game planned for release this autumn. The party board game had apparently been planned for an announcement later in 2020, but was brought forward and released for free online as the result of the current COVID-19 lockdown.


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After starting his career writing about music, films and video games for various places, Matt spent many years as a technology, PC and video game journalist before writing about tabletop games as the editor of Tabletop Gaming magazine. He joined Dicebreaker as editor-in-chief in 2019, and has been trying to convince the rest of the team to play Diplomacy since.