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Top 15 Most Bizarre, Strange & Controversial Card Games

By Shari Spiro

Card games have a way of making any family gathering bearable, and they can even cause the stodgiest of people to have a good time. But after a while, even card games can grow stale. That’s where the selections on our list come in to play. With the Top 15 Most Bizarre, Strange & Controversial Card Games you’re about to see, there are plenty of new options to choose from. So go ahead-pick a card, any card!

1. Cards Against Humanity

Do you and your friends or family have a twisted sense of humor? If so, you may want to consider Cards Against Humanity for your next big gathering. This game requires one of you to be the Card Czar, who will read out one of the black cards. It’s up to the rest of you to fill in the blanks with a selection from your white cards. Card Czar picks the best, and to the best goes the point. Example: Black card-when I am President of the United States, I will create the Department of…White card-Viagra.

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2. Fear and Greed: The Stock Market Card Game

Ready to play hardball with the top 1%? Then you’ll need Fear and Greed: The Stock Market Card Game, which allows you to test your Wall Street savvy on friends, family and random yuppy partygoers. Use your Fear cards to force others to sell stock. Force them to buy through the Greed cards. Keep up with your holdings through color-coded stock certificates. As the broker, you can control it all. The object of the game is to escape with the most equity. You’ll start with $10,000 in investment funds, but how you fare is up to your own shrewdness and savvy.

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3. In a Pickle

Better hope you’re a words-and-logic person, because if you’re not then you could really be In a Pickle with this board game favorite that challenges you to connect nouns in seemingly random but relevant ways. Gamewright, the geniuses behind this fun little time-waster, use the example of juice, pickle, supermarket and parking lot to illustrate the strategy involved. There is juice in a pickle. (There’s two.) A pickle in a supermarket. (Three.) A supermarket on a parking lot. (Four.) Play that, and you’ve got the set. The player with the most sets at the end of the game wins.

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4. Asshole Drinking Game

The Asshole in the Asshole Drinking Game is defined as the guy, who lost the previous set. The object is to rid yourself of cards before the rest of the group. That makes you President. The way that you get it done works like this: 2 and 3 are special cards. Four through 10 and Jack-Queen-King-Ace are considered the “normal” cards. Deal out clockwise. Collect as many sets of four as you can to clear a round-four Jacks, four 5′s, four 7′s, etc. If you’ve got a set of two, that beats individual cards. Three of same beats two. A 2 or two 3′s will clear the round, while the 3 itself can be played as a wild card. President takes the best card of the Asshole and can make the rest of the players drink at any time. He may also make the Asshole pour beer for everyone.

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5. Kings Drinking Game

According to the folks at Officially Drunk-who would know by the way-the Kings Drinking Game works in the following manner. Arrange full deck in a circular pattern around the cup. (A red Solo will work just fine.) Determine the order, and then choose a card from the pile one at a time and follow the instructions that the card corresponds to. For example: a 6 of any kind means the guys drink; a 2 means you give someone a drink; a 3 means you take a drink; a 4 means the girls drink; a 5 means the last person who slaps the table drinks, etc. Drawing a King means you pour your drink into the center cup. Last King drawn means that individual drinks the center cup. Then, you start over.

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6. Konxari

Rue Morgue Magazine described it as having a Blackberry to the other side. While we prefer other communications devices that have a brighter future, the point is well-made. Instead of the Ouija Board, you can now use this unique set of 88 cards from designer Matt Busch to contact and communicate with spirits. And be nice, people. You never know what could be waiting for you on the other side. So find your town’s most haunted place, turn out the lights, and make sure you don’t do it alone!

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7. Falling

In what can only be described as a metaphor-for-life kinda game, Falling embraces the inevitable conclusion that all of us will die someday. It does this through the following setup. You and your friends-the game is designed for four to eight-are plummeting towards earth. No debate here, people. At some point, all of you are going splat. The key is to be the last person to do so. That makes you the winner. Lucky you. On your way down, you’ll use the options from the cards drawn to (hopefully) delay that messy end long enough for bragging rights. Unfortunately, at the end you don’t really have anyone to brag to. Originally created by James Ernest, a new edition is now out to mark the 10th Anniversary, thanks to Titanic Games.

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8. Dirty Minds: The World’s Cleanest “Dirty” Game

The only caveat to Dirty Minds: The World’s Cleanest “Dirty” Game is that the cards are often distracting from the actual game-play. No matter if you play to win or simply wish to read the cards aloud to your friends, though. It’s a lot of fun. The goal is to give a series of clues-which can be considered “nasty” in some cases-only to discover they represent perfectly normal everyday nouns. Example: “I get fingered a lot. Women love to stick me in their mouth. I have nuts and am about six inches long.” If you said “candy bar,” then you don’t have a dirty mind. If you didn’t, well, we need to talk.

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9. Tentacle Bento

Tentacle Bento is the game that was considered too hot for Kickstarter after the brain trust behind it raised $30,701 of their initial $13,000 goal. Apparently the crew at the crowdfunding site isn’t too fond of the game’s penchant for tentacle-initiated alien rape. Nevertheless, the funding goal was reached (after it was moved back to Soda Pop’s own site), and Soda Pop Miniatures is continuing on with the project. The goal is to be the alien who gets the most college students. Loaded with innuendo and questionable material, this one may be a little uncomfortable unless you’ve seen that part in Evil Dead when the woman is sexually assaulted by a tree.

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10. Chez Goth

Chez Goth is an extension of the brilliant Steve Jackson Games’ line of Chez Geek products. As in the previous offerings, you are living with a bunch of roommates. This time, they and you happen to be goths. Work is a drag. Time and money go toward slacking points. As life takes its negative turns-as it is wont to do-you can take comfort from stockpiling a supply of Gloom Points. You’ll need it for the booze and the dark clothing and the Shinies! There is also the possibility for some “Graveyard Nookie,” which we’re not sure we want to go anywhere near.

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11. Get Bit!

This one is sort of a variation on the Falling game-see No. 7-as well as the old joke, to survive a bear attack, you don’t have to be faster than the bear, just the other guys it’s after. Your goal with this selection from Mayday Games is to out-swim the other participants and hold on to all your limbs. You do that by playing the right cards at the right time. The cards are numbered 1 through 7. Each number represents how much you’ll get to move away from the shark. If you and another play the same number in the same round, neither of you get to move. The one closest to the shark at the end of the round loses a limb. The game continues until there are just two remaining. Whoever heads the pack at that point is the winner.

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12. The Suicide Bomber Card Game

This selection from Clear Conscience Games and designers Jeremy Holcomb and Stephen McLaughlin makes no apologies. With its two decks of characters and bombs and 12 bomb tokens, it attempts to bring a lightheartedness to the idea of mass bombings, but in a post-9/11, post-Timothy McVeigh, and post-Unabomber world, you’ve got to ask yourself, What’s next? The School Shooter Game? The Anthrax Mail Delivery Game? The Bus Stop Kidnapper Game? We sort of get the controversy on this one.

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13. The Testimony of Jacob Hollow

Murder, madness and mayhem is the order of the day in this game aimed at…teenagers!? Third World Games (no website available) are the parties behind this 2003 game that challenges the players to survive a series of horrific episodes, which could include anything from hangings to evisceration. You build towards a victory by collecting 10 Investigation Points or by escaping the hideous community of Castle Bay in one piece. Think of it like Clue for the Friday the 13th crowd.

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14. 1,000 Blank White Cards

You won’t walk in to a toy store and buy a game called 1,000 Blank White Cards any time soon, though there is a blog devoted to the concept. Nevertheless, that shouldn’t stop you from being able to play it. This not-officially-licensed creation isn’t played to any specific set of rules, and how fun it is will entirely depend on the creativity and the dynamic of your group. The “rules” are, there are no rules. Only those set forth on the user-generated cards, which typically consist of a title, picture and description. Example: TITLE: Stick Figure Suicide, PICTURE: Stick figure drawing with gun to its head, DESCRIPTION: I have no reason to live! ?50 points. Each player draws a card and plays a card, tabulating points along the way. When all the cards in the center pile are gone, the player with the most points at the end is the winner.

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15. Zobmondo!! Would You Rather Classic Card Game

If you like outrageous, and often gross, scenarios-would you rather eat a peanut butter and toe jam sandwich or an earwax omelet?-then you may want to consider Zobmondo!! Would You Rather Classic Card Game from the folks at Zobmondo!! By giving you the power to decide, the game allows you to control your own destiny. With 1,500 questions to choose from, there are a lot of directions that you can go and a lot of things you can learn about your friends and family.

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What bizarre, strange or controversial card games did we leave out? Share your recommendations below!

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admin on 2013-01-29 23:39:08

Cards Against Humanity rocks everyone's socks!! LOL

admin on 2013-01-29 23:38:38

I love battle of the bands!! We love its inventor he rocks.

Lina Atkinson on 2013-01-10 21:52:51

Now I have something to SHOW OFF in my next kitty party. I am sure none of my friends know about these games and I am going to sound like a pro.

David on 2013-01-10 21:30:45

I just wanted to read on and on...do we have any more such games?

Kelsey apley on 2013-01-10 11:48:02

I don't mean to flatter you but this is indeed the best article I have read in months. This is just what I was looking for to make the family meetings lighter.

Ari Ham on 2013-01-07 20:32:51

Do I live in the third world? Never knew about these interesting games. This looks like a treasure to me. Thank you so much for sharing.

RK on 2013-01-07 20:14:20

Illuminati the game! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illuminati_(game)

Deon on 2013-01-07 19:49:00

At 68 years of age, cards are one of my favorite past time. Never thought there can be so much beyond the usual deck of cards. I am surely going to try a few of them this week and will keep watching this space for more such games. Also, I wanted to know more about GET BIT, would appreciate if you could mail me the details.

Nicki Escudero on 2013-01-07 19:44:00

Cards Against Humanity rocks my socks!

Tisha Parti on 2013-01-06 00:23:34

Actually, this is a bizarre game where each player starts a rock band using zombies, robots...even your mom. It's out of print but well worth the trouble finding it! http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/9782/battle-of-the-bands-encore-edition

Rose on 2013-01-03 16:24:51

You forgot what I would the #1 controversial game of all time: the Ouija Board! My ex-husband is probably out there still spreading all the old urban legends as truth--like the time the time he and his friends saw it really move with no one touching it, and, terrified, threw it out into the back alley only to find it mysteriously back in the house later. All the friends denied bringing it back in, and also had alibis, so it totally must have been a ghost. Right. The folks behind Cards Against Humanity aren't so bad after all. They just donated a boatload of money to the Wikimedia Foundation. I'd actually like to try that game.

Mike Wilson on 2013-01-03 15:08:16

I got to say, this is a pretty cool article. I hadn't even heard of half the games but now you've got me curious. I may have to track down a couple of these just as "gag gifts" for some of my friends in the New Year. Thanks for the share. I'll be coming back in the future!