Although a PDF of Cards Against Humanity is available for free online, fan Chris McGoey-Smith typed and printed a custom plastic deck. We wanted to know what possessed Chris to go through the trouble of creating his own version, how it turned out and what other things he likes to customize around his house.
CAH: What motivated you to buy a plastic printer and what model do you have?
Chris: I always thought it would be so cool to print on plastic cards. Stuff like crazy ID Cards, VIP Passes for a party or event, and of course to upgrade my Costco Executive Member to a self-made super-executive card. I ended up buying the printer to print gift cards for a business I’m starting in the Bay Area. I need to be able to print on demand custom cards, hence the purchase of a Fargo HID DTC-4500.
Instead of printing the free version we make available online, you typed out your own set. Why did you want to print on plastic?
I’ve always been a perfectionist. I like having commercial grade stuff that is built to last. Go into Lowes and compare the residential locks and doors to the commercial ones. You’ll notice for three times the price they are built far better. It’s the little differences. Commercial stuff is built to last. You could buy a blender every two years or you can dish out $600 and get a Vita Mix that lasts 25 years. I’ve always preferred to spend more and buy something once. I’ve been trying to convince my wife for two years we need a Dyson hand dryer in our bathroom instead of towels. She hasn’t given in….
So when I wanted to print the cards for the game plastic was my top choice. In fact I went a step further and purchased the expensive CR-80 Plastic Cards; the thickest plastic I could get with a glossy finish. This way the cards in the game will last forever and can’t get destroyed. The most common killer of paper cards: fidgeters and spills. My brother Thomas will kill anything you give him. Not these!
The other cool advantage is I can create custom cards at will. I setup a template and it batch prints from a spreadsheet. So if I or a friend think of a cool card to add. No problem. It take a few minutes. This is especially cool to customize the game questions to your region or city. Not to mentions my own special set of secret white cards.
How many and what kind of liquids have you spilled on Cards Against Humanity?
In addition to not having to worry about spills - which is handy when you turn Cards Against Humanity into a drinking game. (It makes an EXCELLENT DRINKING GAME) I also don’t need to worry about playing outside in the wind or dirt. These cards are too heavy to blow away. I plan on going to Burning Man this year and playing on the Playa without fear. Paper would get destroyed.
What’s the best moment of playing Cards Against Humanity you can recall?
[Vigorous jazz hands] + [Fingering] = [Date Rape]. Pretty fucking awesome answer if you ask me. It’s reading out answers like that that make it all worthwhile! Then there is the strategy. There are some cards that no matter how you use them they are awesome, but those same cards when used in exactly the right way make the night.
How many discount fake IDs have you sold?
Man I wish I had a card printer when I was in high school! Would have been the coolest and probably the richest kid in school. The printer I own can’t print ID’s as it does not go edge to edge. For that you need an HDP-5000. That printer prints onto a transfer film first then it seals it to the entire card. It’s the same printer used for almost all government ID. Although it would not do you much good without the laminator module and a custom holographic laminate. That’s how they make it secure. The hologram rolls are custom printed by HID with a $25,000 [≈ Per capita income - United Kingdom (2005)] minimum order. They are then delivered in armored trucks. They also use custom cards with etching. First thing anyone looks for is the hologram and the etching. So making fake IDs I just can’t see working.
“[Cards Against Humanity’s] business plan has the sophistication of a lemonade stand.”
The potoo is a for-real bird.
Cards Against Humanity: Now 0% cat-proof. (Submitted by horrible fan Greg)
When all else fails, I can always masturbate to Jeff Goldblum.
A new blog devoted to illustrating random combinations of CAH cards. Looks like a promising start.
Cards Against Humanity:
Cards Against Humanity will host a one-of-a-kind independent tabletop game design challenge at Gen Con Indy 2013.
Unpublished independent game creators will present prototypes to a panel of industry-leading designers including Mike Selinker (Lone Shark Games, Wizards of the Coast, Avalon Hill) Luke Crane (The Burning Wheel, games project specialist at Kickstarter), Shari Spiro (Founder, Ad Magic), and the creators of Cards Against Humanity.
The most promising game presented will win $7,500 towards the production costs of a first print run with Ad Magic and a table on the floor at Gen Con Indy 2014.
“We exhibited at Gen Con last year, and one of the most exciting things we saw at the convention was the playtest hall with these incredible cardboard prototypes,” said Max Temkin, co-creator of Cards Against Humanity. “We’ve received so much help with Cards Against Humanity from the gaming community and we’d like to pay that debt of gratitude forward.”
Luke Crane, game designer and games project specialist for Kickstarter, said, “Gen Con is the genesis of tabletop gaming as we know it. The Gen Con Tabletop Deathmatch continues the tradition of hackery and innovation that birthed this crazy hobby in 1968.” He added, “Please submit your games so I can judge your soul apart!”
Shari Spiro, founder of the game printer Ad Magic said, “We’re excited to partner with Cards Against Humanity for this contest. Ad Magic has printed Cards Against Humanity from the beginning and we would love to help give another game the same start.”
Eli Halpern, co-creator of Cards Against Humanity added, “I couldn’t be more excited by this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to crush the dreams of independent game designers.”
Prizes are furnished by Cards Against Humanity, Ad Magic, Gen Con LLC., and Maxistentialism Inc. The Deathmatch design contest is produced by Dammit Liz Productions.
Applicants can learn more and submit their game at CardsAgainstHumanity.com/deathmatch.
Cards Against Humanity is an independent card game that was initially funded on Kickstarter. It’s now the top selling, best rated, and most wished for item on Amazon.com. The entire game is also available as a free download at CardsAgainstHumanity.com.
We’ve been working really hard on this and we can’t wait to see what you guys submit!
Horrible fan Aaron proposed to his girlfriend with a haiku crafted from custom cards. Their first child will be born addicted to CAH.
Some time in the past three years, people have gotten it into their heads that Cards Against Humanity is some sort of open-ended party game in which “there are no wrong answers” to the Black Cards. We feel terrible about the mistake. Here is the second in a two-part series devoted to revealing the correct answers to Cards Against Humanity.
_____: Good to the last drop.
Maxwell House Coffee.
Step 1: _____. Step 2:_____. Step 3: Profit.
Make a shitty card game. Put it on Kickstarter.
What does Dick Cheney prefer?
What helps Obama unwind?
Watching reruns of Star Trek: Voyager in bed all morning.
The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History has just opened an interactive exhibit on _____.
Old pots and shit.
What do old people smell like?
Cardboard and gorgonzola cheese.
The class field trip was completely ruined by _____.
A poorly planned itinerary.
Daddy, why is mommy crying?
You didn’t turn out the way she wanted.
What’s there a ton of in heaven?
Heaven isn’t real.
I drink to forget _____.
My inability to form meaningful relationships.
_____. It’s a trap!
The Imperial ambush at the second Death Star.
How did I lose my virginity?
Our friends at the 428th MP CO. playing a game of CAH.