Cards Against Humanity South African edition October launch planned

Cards for South Africa, a fan-made and crowdsourced version of the Cards Against Humanity game localised for South Africa, is aiming for an October launch.

However, co-ordinator Jonathan Berkowitz told MyGaming that they are not quite ready to announce a firm launch date just yet.

“We do not have enough quality and diverse card suggestions,” Berkowitz said.

Around 60% of the pack has been developed so far, and Berkowitz and his team of volunteers have launched an online suggestion box for South Africans to submit their ideas for cards to.

Another thing holding back an official launch announcement is that the team is waiting for more people to sign up to be notified of the launch.

“We currently have 740 [sign-ups] but we are aiming to get 1,500 before launching.”

How Cards for South Africa is developed

The original Cards Against Humanity is available under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 2.0 license.

According to the game’s creators that means you can use, remix, and share the game for free, but you can’t sell it without their permission.

“Please do not steal our name or we will smash you,” their website states.

This license is what makes Cards for South Africa possible. Anyone may build a game using the same rules, card designs, and overall feel as Cards Against Humanity, just so long as they don’t sell it, and release it under the same license.

Berkowitz said that he loves Cards Against Humanity, but he wanted to play a version that was uniquely South African. “Complete with all of our own colourful phrases, cultural references, and whacky politicians,” he said.

To make it happen, they are soliciting card suggestions using a shared spreadsheet in Google Docs.

The team sifts through the suggestions and select the best ones, looking at factors such as how they relate to other cards, and how relatable they will be for most South Africans.

“And of course, the more politically incorrect and funny the better!” said Berkowitz.

Suggestions that get selected are sent to a volunteer copywriter who crafts the wording into the Cards Against Humanity style, and fixes any spelling and grammar mistakes.

These are passed to a volunteer designer who adds the cards to a PDF document which will be sent out for free to anyone who signs up on the Cards for South Africa website.

Images of the cards are also uploaded to the Cards for South Africa’s Instagram page.

New card content is also sent to app developers who volunteered to help with the project, and who add it to the database of cards in the game.

Expansion plans and an app in the works

The initial version of Cards for South Africa will contain 540 cards — 100 black cards and 440 white cards.

Berkowitz said that they want to release expansion packs as and when they can, also in the form of PDF files sent to people with the e-mail addresses the signed up with.

To help fuel the expansions, they will leave the Google Sheet for suggestions open, and hope that people continue to contribute their ideas.

There will be about 50 new cards in each expansion, which may be focused around specific topics such as politics, sport, and pop culture.

The app for the game that is currently under development will also receive the expansions, and may have bonus features such as extra information on each card.

It will allow up to 12 people to play together from their iOS or Android device, and will let them play different categories of games, such as one for people under 18, politics, and sports.

Players will need a network connection to play together using the apps, and the current plan is to use a unique code to allow them to join one another’s games.

No commercial plans

Berkowitz explained that the Creative Commons license for Cards Against Humanity prevents them from monetising the app, selling decks of cards, or making money with the project in other ways.

To monetise the project they would have to rebrand it significantly and ensure they avoid infringing any of Cards Against Humanity’s intellectual property.

That said, Berkowitz said that the game is going to be totally free, and no one involved is making any money off of it.

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Cards Against Humanity South African edition October launch planned