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Card Games for Ages 17 and Up


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In the ‘90s, back when brownouts and blackouts were a thing, and families were forced to find ways to while away the time in candlelit evenings at home—or generator-powered lights, for some—boardgames and card games were the most common pastimes.

For boardgames, there were the classics, like Monopoly or its local version The Millionaire’s Game (remember that?), or Scrabble or Snakes & Ladders.

For card games, however, there were very few options. Most would default into playing with the standard 52-card deck, while very few in the ‘90s would play Magic: The Gathering, the only card game of its kind then.

As tabletop gaming has evolved and become more mainstream in recent years, even TCGs or card games have diversified. Here are some PG-13 (or maybe even 18?) card games adults in the family can spend their time on during this community quarantine season.

Cards Against Humanity: Green Box Expansion


Players: 4-8

It goes without saying that the most popular barkada card game around is Cards Against Humanity. Most Filipinos have played this and there was even an unofficial Pinoy version you could print from Facebook.

Cards Against Humanity: Green Box is an expansion set that introduces 300 new cards to the already heinous vanilla version of the card game. This is not for the weak of heart. It’s more for the witty of mind, who can stitch together possibilities as they fill in the blanks of a selected black card with white description cards. The possibilities are endless—endlessly edgy, hilariously heinous, and viciously vile. And the worst one wins.


What Do You Meme?


Players: 3-20

One of the newest of the bunch, What Do You Meme? is a product of the times. Memes have become part and parcel of our digitally-connected lives that, although physically separated, we have time to make and share memes even about COVID-19.

Well, What Do You Meme? is a game that lets you practice your meme-making skills. Each player gets a handful of caption cards that they then match to whatever classic meme image comes up on the easel. The funniest one wins!


Exploding Kittens


Players: 2-5

Speaking of meme culture, you all know how the internet has a mysterious infatuation with cats, right? Okay, maybe not so mysterious because the internet cats are really cute. Well, here’s a game that puts the future of humanity in the hands of cute, little kitties.

Exploding Kittens is another favorite among regular tabletop gamers. Both its original and NSFW editions have simple mechanics. Players take turns drawing cards from a pile. When a player gets an exploding kitten card, he explodes, he dies, he’s out of the game… unless he has a diffuse card that prevents the little kitty from exploding or uses other cards to skip his turn or secretly passes the exploding kitten to another. The last human (not kitten) standing wins.


The Resistance: Avalon


Players: 5-10

Here’s another classic. The Resistance: Avalon is a game built around Arthurian lore. It’s also not like other card games. In Avalon, the cards simply serve as a guide. Players draw role cards in secret to determine their characters and what their goal for the game will be. Servants of Arthur help fulfill a certain quest, while minions of Mordred make sure the mission fails. Complete three out of the five quests, then the Arthurians win. Fail three of the five quests and Mordred’s evil minions prevail.


Never Have I Ever Card Game


Players: at least 4

Although best enjoyed with friends, Never Have I Ever card game can also be played with family. After all, there’s always something about your folks or your siblings that you probably don’t know about.

Players answer prompts revealed by the cards. If the detail applies to a player, he gets to keep the card. The one with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

One thing is for sure, though, once you do know these things, you will not look at your family or friends the same way again. But hey, it’s all for fun, right?


Joking Hazard Card Game


Players: at least 3

Here’s another product of internet culture. Joking Hazard card game comes from a webcomic of the same name. Like the irreverent cartoon online, the card game isn’t for kids. Players have to create their own webcomic using the cards, which feature various Joking Hazard illustrations, and then they draw. The best, most offensive one wins. Because there are 360 card illustrations, plus 10 write-your-own-words cards, the possibilities for your original webcomic is endless.


5 Second Rule (Uncensored)


Players: at least 3

This uncensored version of the popular 5 Second Rule or 5 Second Game is recommended for players over 17 years old. Like the original versions, the game requires players to list down three items from a given category within five seconds. That’s tough and it forces players to rummage through the smuttiest corners of their minds because the categories can be as silly or smutty as three ways to hide a fart or three ways to use your tongue.


WTF Did You Say?


Players: at least 4

If you find Cards Against Humanity and Never Have I Ever tame or lame, then this one is the card game for you. With 600 cards that force players to reveal their best and worst—all for the sake of good, not really clean fun—WTF Did You Say? is a game not for the faint of hearts.

It’s a drinking game, really. A player begins by reading a red card out loud, with other players (except the reader) passing their “funniest” white card face down to the reader, who then reads each of the white cards that best work with the red card. The owner of the funniest white card gets that round’s red card.

This is then repeated until the cards run out—or someone or everyone passes out. The player with the must red cards wins.


Source: Manila Bulletin

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