Cards Against Humanity best expansion sets: Amazon review by Dave Jerrard
I found out about these about a month ago and I finally got mine this week. Dave Jerrard on Amazon.com
First up, the content. I didn’t find these as dark or dirty as advertised, but it is pretty good. You can download a pdf file from the Guards Against Insanity website to see if it’s for you. It does help if you try mixing a few of these with the official cards, just to get a feel for how they’ll work together; context is everything here, and the humor doesn’t just come from a single card out of context. These are created by a UK company, but the cards are remarkably not UK-centric (only about five cards of the bunch are).
Related: Guards Against Insanity Editon 1
The box is the same size as the Cards & Punishment box, making it a few millimeters thicker than the official expansions. It’s basically the same standard coated card stock that everyone else uses, so nothing special to report there. Unlike C&P, this box isn’t so tightly packed that you have to pry the cards out with some effort; these will just slide out of the box., I do give the makers kudos for their departure from using the C,A,H initials that so many other expansions feel the need to use, and the colorful box also separates them from the others (as well as avoiding any trade dress issues).
Related: Guards Against Insanity Editon 2
The card themselves are interesting. The first thing you’ll notice is they’re more heavily textured and not as glossy as the official cards and other expansions, which appear to use some type of a lamination process (as you can see in the photos). The faces all have a vertical ribbed texture while the backs have a more familiar woven linen texture, that more closely resembles Bycicle playing cards, and to a lesser extent, the CAH cards. While they’re the same thickness, these are notably more flexible and softer, which does make them feel nicer in the hands; the laminated feel of other sets tends to be rough on the hands due to the sharp plastic edges. This also makes them fan and shuffle easier, though, don’t expect to easily faro shuffle these. The cards are cut to 63mm x 88mm, making them the exact same size as the official cards; these will mix in with the other cards nicely. I bring this up because there have been other sets that were cut to imperial dimensions of 2.5″ x 3.5″, which makes them about a half millimeter too large.
Related: Guards Against Insanity Editon 3
As pointed out, these are not as glossy as the other expansions, which does aid in readability. However, many of the cards do exhibit some weird striated defect, which looks like some thick liquid – possibly the varnish or the glue – got dribbled across them during the manufacturing process. This is most evident on the faces of the black cards, but is present on the whites as well, though it’s less noticeable. This can also be seen in the photos. This doesn’t affect play or handling at all though, and I’ve seen similar defects with other decks, so this doesn’t affect my rating sufficiently.
The cards are basically B&W, though there is a bit of color used in the logo at the bottom of each face, and the black cards that have the Draw and Pick labels.
Overall this is one of the best sets for content I’ve seen for the game, and I look forward to any other sets they release. Though, I’ve now filled my Bigger Blacker Box, with other expansions, I may need to get another one of those.
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