Cards Against Humanity
Chicago designer Max Temkin and his friends came up with the idea for Cards Against Humanity, the “party game for horrible people,” while they were “trolling Oblique Strategies,” Brian Eno’s legendary collection of shuffle-ready aphorisms. The game is an NSFW version of Apples to Apples—a card with half a thought is drawn, and players challenge each other to complete it in the most gruesome and funny way their own hands allow. And it’s wildly popular. It was one of the most successful Kickstarter projects in history, its quick-witted creator is an increasingly big draw on the lecture circuit, and it has inspired legions of fans, meetups and dedicated internet communities. Like Chicago’s collective sense of humor, it’s dark, it’s cynical and it’s funny as hell.
Best of Chicago 2013