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How To Play Cards Against Humanity With Two Players

Cards Against Humanity is one of the most popular party games of all time and it’s crazy to think it came out over 10 years ago, but doesn’t it suck that it needs so many players?  Well, we’re here to help you learn a few different ways you can play Cards Against Humanity with two players and it’s super easy to do it.

Don’t expect a similar experience when playing this with two players, cause it is quite different but it still can be very fun and produce the laughs you are probably looking for. So let’s get down to it, you risque, politically incorrect, offensive, and terrible people. 

Cards Against Humanity Two Player Rules 

  • The simplest and easiest way to play this game with only two players is to just add a fake person to your game, let’s call him John (or if you like, Rando Cardissian from the CAH official house rules)

That’s it, no rule changes, now you can play the game with only two players.  Yeah, yeah, we know that’s kind of cheating because of the fake third player, I mean John, but really if you want to get technical with us there still will only be two real live humans playing the game.

You can either deal John a full hand when you deal out the white cards or just make a couple of random draw piles to pull cards from.  You play the game as normal and throw in a random white card for John each round.  Now whoever is picking the best card will have two cards to decide between.  

Just add fake player(s)
Just add fake player(s) and you’re good to go!

I know what you’re thinking, this sounds boring and like it will never work because of the limited cards played.  Trust us, playing Cards Against Humanity with two players this way usually ends up being funny in an entirely different way than a regular game.  Your fake player is going to win way more often than you would even think possible and the randomness creates some of the funniest card combos ever.

The fact that the fake player’s cards are unexpected by both players often makes reading the cards even funnier because neither player knows what’s coming. 

If you want to up the ante and make it even harder for you and your gaming partner to score points add another fake player to the game, be warned though, doing this might make it so neither of you real human beings ever score, that’s just how lucky these fake players usually are.

This is our preferred way to play Cards Against Humanity with two players because it is so simple and easy. Even though it’s not as great as playing with more people it is sure to still get some solid laughs and provide some quick fun for your two-player board game night.

Other Ways To Play with Two Players

  • You could modify the above method of playing and allow the person reading the cards to also be able to play a white card.  If you have trouble being fair or both players want to play to win this method will not work as well. 

We occasionally play this way but it’s usually too much work to not be biased sometimes and not pick your own card just because.  This is why we usually just add as many fake players as we want, that way the person reading the black cards doesn’t need to play one of their own white cards.

  • Create a scoring system.  This is similar to adding fake players but better suited for those who care about scoring and being able to decide a winner.  To do this, just play as normal and add a few random players.  The person reading the black cards now has to order them from best to worst.  Then the other player will score a number of points equivalent to their position in the ranking.

This method takes quite a bit more work and can make each round a lot longer, especially if the ranking player is indecisive.  If you care about scores and who the winner is though this is probably the best way to play Cards Against Humanity with two players.  

  • You could also combine this scoring method with the other way to play and have both players play white cards, thus both players scoring each round.  This may lead to some bias again though so only do this if both players can judge the card ranking fairly.

This way of playing is not our favorite because we like to play the game just for fun and a few laughs (usually when we’re drinking), so keeping score doesn’t matter too much to us and takes a little too much work. If you want to see who is the reigning Cards Against Humanity champion between your two players though, we understand, and all the power to you.

Games Like Cards Against Humanity That Work Better For Two Players

Good party games for two players are hard to come by because it is a category of games that typically works best with more people.  It kind of sucks that we don’t have many games available to us that can produce laughs and lighthearted fun for just two players.

We have searched far and wide and still only have a very small list of party games that work for two players.  We will update this list with our links and reviews occasionally.

Ron Burgundy's Anchorman: The Game - Improper Teleprompter
Ron Burgundy's Anchorman: The Game - Improper Teleprompter
Ron Burgundy's Anchorman: The Game - Improper Teleprompter

Anchorman: The Game - Improper Teleprompter

This is probably the closest thing you will get to a party game similar to Cards Against Humanity for two players and it actually works quite well. Definitely the game we typically grab when we want some laughs.

This game is basically an offensive and vulgar mad libs with a Anchorman theme thrown on.

Codenames: Duet - The Two Player Word Deduction Game by CGE Czech Games Edition
Codenames: Duet - The Two Player Word Deduction Game by CGE Czech Games Edition
Codenames: Duet - The Two Player Word Deduction Game by CGE Czech Games Edition

Codenames Duet

Some people might not consider this a party game but others may so we decided to include it. It's not as offensive or vulgar as Cards Against Humanity but is still quite high on the fun factor.

Lark & Clam Codenames Deep Undercover 2.0 - Game Night Party Board Game for Adults, Limited Edition
Lark & Clam Codenames Deep Undercover 2.0 - Game Night Party Board Game for Adults, Limited Edition
Lark & Clam Codenames Deep Undercover 2.0 - Game Night Party Board Game for Adults, Limited Edition

Codenames: Deep Undercover

If vanilla Codenames isn't doing it for you and want something more along the lines of Cards Against Humanity, there is an NSFW version of the game. To play this version with two players though you will likely want to have the duet version and combine the cards for the deep undercover version with the rules and other pieces of Codenames Duet.

Greater Than Games Medium Mind-Reading Social Game for 2+ Players
Greater Than Games Medium Mind-Reading Social Game for 2+ Players
Greater Than Games Medium Mind-Reading Social Game for 2+ Players

Medium

A word game that can be quite funny if the right people are playing it together. You can easily make this game offensive and vulgar like Cards Against Humanity if you're creative enough.

If you want to play this game with only two players, in our opinion it is best to ignore most of the rules and just make your way through the deck of cards.

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