In Soviet Russia, Humanity Is Against Cards With Party Game Soviet Humor

Rapscallion Games has taken some time to give glory to the Motherland with the development of the multiplayer party game Soviet Humor. This is the same studio behind the successfully Kickstarted Lovecraftian comedy/horror visual novel The Miskatonic, and they’ve taken the same great humor that spawned that game and put a bit of a Communist twist on it. да!

Inspired by Cards Against Humanity, Soviet Humor puts one player in the role of a Soviet Censor, who must take a filthy Capitalist concept, and censor a number of the words in it. The other players, playing good Communist Buffoons, must replace the censored words with their own to make sure the humorous phrase meets the rigorous standards of politically reliable Soviet Humor.

Once each Buffoon has completed their task, the censor must then pick which new statement is the most humorous. Whoever wins gets a point, and a new censor is chosen and the next round starts. If this sounds like your kind of game (and it very well should), then there’s no sense in Stalin. The multiplayer demo is available now through Dropbox, and you can follow the development of both The Miskatonic and Soviet humor on the developer’s Tumblr.

Here, Czech out this trailer:


  1. Darth Gangrel says:

    Brittany really puts the pun into Putin.

    • Kollega says:

      It’s good that these here devs have hammered out Soviet Humor, because to be honest, Cards Against Humanity always makes me feel a little sickle.

    • A Gentleman and a Taffer says:

      I’d stop to add another but I Moscow, I’m Russian

  2. Baines says:

    I’d feel a bit better about this if The Miskatonic had been released. The Kickstarter campaign gave it a planned September 2016 release. In April, they admitted that they were behind schedule. In August, it had a “Still working on the game” news post with the announcement that only one person was now working on it. In September, there was a “Sorry for the lack of updates” post saying that the lack of updates was due to working on two projects at once.

    • TillEulenspiegel says:

      Yes good point, but on the other hand, have you considered that having less “Lovecraftian comedy” in the world is strictly a positive thing.

      • MrBehemoth says:

        I agree. Those are two mutually exclusive words.

        • Baines says:

          Never look up Haiyore! Nyaruko-san or its various animated incarnations (Haiyoru! Nyaruani, Haiyoru! Naruani: Remember My Mr. Lovecraft, Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, or Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W). Also don’t look it up if you don’t want to see Lovecraftian entities turned into girls in a harem romance story.

          Though if you do, you can skip the second season of the full length TV series (W), as it dropped some of the darker humor to go for straight gag romance.

  3. Jediben says:

    This is just Quiplash. I recommend that.

  4. Metalfish says:

    Personal opinion: Cards Against Humanity is for berks, but at least you can be original in this.

    • TeePee says:

      I’m intrigued. What makes it ‘for berks’ exactly?

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        calcifer says:

        Also, what is a “berk”?

        • April March says:

          From my understanding, a berk is either an adventurer in an old-school RPG game, or the kind of player that plays that kind of game. I can’t understand it in this context.

          • Darloth says:

            He’s also the blue overworked servant to the Thing Upstairs.

            I loved that series.

            *cue theme music*

          • Zekiel says:

            @Darloth: Thank you for reminding me of this. I used to have a cuddly toy of Berk.

        • Jackablade says:

          A British fellow who I used to work with said that it was a shortened version of the rhyming slang “Berkshire hunt”. I’ve no idea whether that’s in any way a thing – perhaps some of you British fellows will be able to confirm or deny.

          • James0 says:

            The Online Etymology Dictionary confirms this, and helpfully notes that the word is “typically applied only to contemptible persons, not to the body part.” It’s a pretty mild pejorative though.

      • Merus says:

        A few things: because the game’s so dependent on the answer cards being funny, rather than the juxtaposition between question and answer cards, if you’ve seen all the white cards it’s very hard to get a laugh. Secondly, its solution to the problem of being dependent on good answer cards means your hand can fill up with answer cards you can’t do anything with. Other games, like Funemployed, solve this problem by having a shared pool of answers, but of course that game isn’t dependent on one card being the winner so it can do that kind of thing. Thirdly, its stated goal is to try and create a safe space to explore taboo subjects, but this doesn’t work – your friend who keeps making racist jokes in CAH is not going to be discouraged by the fact that they keep losing, and meanwhile your friend who sees racist jokes as a precursor to hate crimes is not having fun.

        I’ve played CAH at work, with climate change researchers, and it was definitely a unique experience. Unfortunately, most groups of friends don’t screen for assholes as effectively as my workplace does.

        • Archonsod says:

          Funemployed fixes it because the cards are simply something the player must weave into their own answer rather than being the answer themselves. CAH’s issue is that the answers are specific so rely on specific combinations of cards to actually make sense. So really it’s an interaction thing – for the most part you could replicate 99% of CAH simply randomly drawing an answer from the deck for each player.

        • DelrueOfDetroit says:

          I’ve played CAH once and it was with a couple of rednecks who made custom cards. Never again.

  5. kraftcheese says:

    Good god the “glorious Soviet Union” jokes are getting old; we get it! The Commies lost!

  6. Kollega says:

    Actually, if you can censor whichever words you like (I don’t know if you can, couldn’t get the trailer to load =/ ), this is a very smart game idea. Unnecessary-censorship-based humor is the best kind of humor, and just right for a party game.

  7. 9of9 says:

    Isn’t this just the ‘Have I Got News For You’ Mising Headlines round? To which I propose it would be infinitely more entertaining if it pulled actual headlines of the day.