OBJECTIVE OF THE CONTENDER:  The objective of The Contender is to be the player with the most points when all of the topic cards have been played.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 4 Players

MATERIALS: 500 Playing Cards, 1 American Themed Storage Box, and Instructions

TYPE OF GAME: Party Card Game

AUDIENCE: Ages 18 and Up


Similar to real life politics, players do not have to understand politics in order to be involved! The Contender is the perfect political game that has similar rules to Cards Against Humanity, and it can have the same amount of humor with the right players! Play cards depending on the topic, attempting to play cards that the moderator will choose.


Firstly, the players must choose the first moderator. The moderator will then organize the cards into the Topic deck and the other deck. The Topic deck will be placed in the center of the playing area, so that all players are able to reach it. The moderator will then take the other deck, shuffle it, and deal four cards to each player.

The moderator will then draw a card from the Topic pile. The game is ready to begin.


Once the moderator has drawn a topic card, they will read it aloud to the group. Each player will then choose a card that they think pairs perfectly with the card that the moderator has drawn. This may be a fill-in-the-blank card, or it may be a statement

Once all players have chosen a card, they will submit their cards to the moderator face down, so that they may not show any favoritism. The moderator will then read all of the cards aloud, getting good laughs out of the whole group. Once all of the cards have been read, the moderator will choose their favorite card.

The player who has submitted the card gets to keep the Topic card, showing that they have scored a point. The player to the left of the first moderator will then act as the next moderator. The game will continue in this manner until the players decide the game is over or all of the Topic cards have been used.  


The game comes to an end when all of the topic cards have been played. Players may choose to finish the game before this if they have a lack of time. The players with then tally up the Topic cards that they have scored. The player with the most topic cards, or points, wins the game!

Nakoa Davis