Cards Against Humanity. The game has shown up at countless parties and been enjoyed by thousands and thousands of horrible people.

But where did it all start? And who are those sick bastards that created it?

Well for the curious amongst you today we have a new video for you: the brief history of Cards Against Humanity.

It features a tale that involves power rangers, Obama and Microsoft word

It all started on the school playground in Chicago. Max Temkin and Eliot Weinstein bonded over Power Rangers and Space stuff. Maybe they even threw some of those famous insults at each other, who can say.

This grew into a friendship group of eight that fell apart as they grew up and left school for college. But there was one moment they all came back together each year: New Years Eve. They’d play Pictionary, argue about movies and all the other usual things young adults like to do with their time.

 As these parties grew and grew they were faced with a dilemma. You can’t really play Pictionary with 40 people, and they were too socially awkward to just talk. They needed multiple games and they needed something that fit with the group’s unique sense of humour.

So they wrote down a bunch of hypothetical questions into Microsoft Word printed them off and started to play. The winner was whoever could come up with the most heinous answer. Sound familiar? It was called “Cardenfreude.”

Everyone went away after NYE and continued to think about – and play – their new game. Printing off fresh batches to cut up and share … and soon they had fans asking for their own copies.

So they made something a little less makeshift by designing some cards and putting the PDF online. In 18 months they had accumulated more than 1,600 downloads.

It was 2009 and they were looking for their next step when they noticed this new website called Kickstarter. A book on the design of the Obama campaign had raised over $80k. As someone who had also worked on the campaign, Max was excited.

On December 1, 2010, Cards Against Humanity went live on Kickstarter.

When the project closed they had raised $15,570—389% of what they had asked for. This was amazing for a game that was being given away for free on their website.

The original plan was just to make them as business cards, but the success of the Kickstarter meant they were able to be more ambitious. The team decided to hire an expert at making high quality playing cards.

This is the scene of them shipping the games out to backers.

“The guys at the loading dock just told us that while Cards Against Humanity is not the worst-packed order they have ever received, it’s ‘in the top ten.’”

– Max Temkin

Since those humble beginnings, CAH has gone on to become a number one seller on Amazon and the team have increased both their ambition and their hijinks.

These included the sending of literal shit to those who ordered it, giving away lots of a private island to fans and perversely increasing the prices on Black Friday.

Max and co have even branched out into new games like Secret Hitler and Slap .45. We can’t wait to see what the gang get up to next.

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