If you've never played Cards Against Humanity, it's time to get initiated. Originally funded through Kickstarter, the free to download card game is basically an obscene version of Apples to Apples.
The gameplay is simple, you have at least three players (four or more are recommended) who draw ten white cards each, with one communal black card presented with a question or statement. The objective is to either answer the question or fill in the blank with the one card in your stack that you think has the best, crudest, and/or funniest answer.
One person, dubbed the Card Czar, sits out the round to determine which answer they subjectively find the best—whoever supplied the winning card wins the round and earns a point/drink/whatever crazy rules your group comes up with, and becomes the next Card Czar.
The hilariousness comes from the crude, immature, and vulgar answers that you provide. The game relies on its drastically indecent content to provide laughs and great times. No wonder it's referred to as "A Party Game for Horrible People".
While the game is a ton of fun, it does rely on someone bringing their deck of cards—until now. Created by Dylan Pollard, the same great dev that brought us QCast (trivia for Chromecast), Casts Against Civility is an unofficial version of the game that has been made available for Android devices.
The app puts the game on your HDTV, allowing anyone with an Android device and a Wifi connection to play. I asked the dev if there was a limit to the amount of players, and he responded that "you could technically get 20+ people on the same Wifi to connect to the same Chromecast and play", which is freaking awesome for small and huge parties alike.
Obviously, you will need a Chromecast dongle, as well as the game itself installed on every Android device that is playing. Now launch the Casts Against Civility game, create a unique (and hilarious) player name in Player Options, then go back and tap the Cast button on the top right corner.
To really enjoy this game, make sure you have at least three players—although you can technically play with two, it's not nearly as entertaining.
Once you hit the cast button, a question or phrase (with a missing word) will be displayed on your HDTV. Unless you are the Card Czar, ten cards will show on your device.
Pick the card you'd like to play, then select Play This Card to finalize. Your card will then be anonymously placed on the screen.
The Card Czar's screen will have the answer cards displayed, and once all players have submitted their white cards, the Czar will decide a winner, who will earn an Awesome Point.
Questions, responses, players, and points are all displayed on the big screen, so everyone can join in for collective laughter and banter.
When you're done playing, just tap the three dot menu on the top right and hit "Quit"—any number of people can quit the game while the rest continue to play.
This game is fun as hell, but it is still in beta, so there are some inevitable bugs and glitches. It took me a while to connect one of my devices, though it worked eventually. Some questions are displayed with errors, rendering them incomprehensible, and switching between portrait and landscape mode can make the content of the cards disappear (so hold still).
Eventually the bugs should get fixed, as the app is tightened up. Still, as a beta version, it ain't bad and still provides a heap of laughs.
Well, it didn't take very long for the official Cards Against Humanity folks to sniff out this app and serve a little legal warning. It started off easy enough, with a request for a name change. But then things got a little more real, with the Cards Against Humanity guys saying they would issue a takedown request to Google if all of their content remained in the app.
At this point, it seems like the dev is willing to comply, so this is where you guys come in—join the Cards Against Civility Beta Google+ group, and start submitting your own content for white and black cards. This great app can easily stay afloat, and get much bigger and better, with the help of the community.
In response to the Cards Against Humanity team, Casts Against Civility has gone through quite a few changes in the past couple of days, and is now called Dehumanize Your Friends.
Many of the changes were fleshed out in the app's beta channel, and aside from the name change, here's what else you can expect from the latest version:
- There is no more black. Everything you've ever known to be black has never been black. It was purple the whole time.
- Implemented shuffle, cards are in random order when revealed to the King.
- Things just look a lot better overall, and some of the logic is a lot more stable (awesome) as well.
Gone is the "Card Czar", and in its place a King—whomever is the King for the round will have a crown showing on their device.
The aesthetics are a big change, but for me, the stability improvements are the real winner here. The connections are immediate, and your Chromecast will instantly return to its home screen when the last player disconnects their device.
It's Friday and the weekend is around the corner...grab that Chromecast and take the party with you!