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Ready to put your knowledge of black culture to the test? Black Card Revoked is a trivia game designed for 3-6 players, and the title is a play on the concept of having your “black card revoked” when you don’t act traditionally black. It’s a noncompetitive game, which makes it perfect for a laidback party or family gathering. Read on to learn everything you need to know about playing Black Card Revoked.
If the game sounds controversial to you, keep in mind that the publisher, Cards For All People, is black-owned. They also publish versions of this game for other cultures to enjoy! The game is meant to celebrate shared experiences and bring people together—not put anyone down.XResearch source
Part 1Part 1 of 2:Setting Up
- 1Give each player a set of 4 response cards (A, B, C, and D). You have two sets of cards: answer cards and question cards. Distribute the answer cards so that each player has an A, B, C, and D card. Players will use these cards to vote and answer the trivia on the question cards.XResearch source
- The game requires a minimum of 3 people, but you can play with up to 6.
- If you have more than 6 players, allow folks to form teams so everyone gets in on the fun.
- You don’t trade or swap answer cards. Players hold on to these for the entirety of the game.
- 2Shuffle the question cards and place them in the middle of the table. Keep the question cards face down for the entirety of the game. Set the deck in an easy-to-reach area so that all players can draw from it when it’s their turn to host the game.XResearch sourceAdvertisement
- 3Choose a host for the first round of play. There are no official rules regarding who gets to be the host first, so choose at random or let someone volunteer. Everybody will get to be the host at some point in the game, so if somebody at the table is especially passionate about hosting first, let them do it.XResearch source
Part 2Part 2 of 2:Playing the Game
- 1Allow the host to draw a card from the top of the question deck. The starting host draws the question card face-down and does not show it to the players. If you’re the host, take a second to read over the card if you’d like.XResearch source
- Unlike games like Cards Against Humanity, players do not come up with their own answers. Each question card is multiple choice (A, B, C, or D).
- 2Announce whether the card is "majority rule" or "correct answer." There are two types of question cards. Correct answer cards only have a single correct answer, which will be highlighted in black. Majority rule cards have no highlighted answer. The host announces "majority rule" or "correct answer" before reading the card aloud.XResearch source
- In the bottom right of each card, there is a black label telling you which category the question belongs to (like "life," "hair," or "movies"). You can read the category out loud if you want, but it’s not required.
- 3Read the question and the 4 potential answers out loud. The host recites the question out loud for every player to hear, and then lists each potential answer out loud—including the letter for each option.XResearch source
- For example, the host might say, "Alright, majority rule card. What’s the worst thing that can happen at the hair salon? A. You get burned by a flat iron. B. They cut your hair too short. C. It takes forever to get a chair. Or, D. You’re under the dryer for too long."
- 4Give players 6-10 seconds to choose their answer. The host determines when it’s time for the players to reveal their answers. The rules state that players should only have 6-10 seconds, but you have some flexibility here if you’re the host. If a question seems especially difficult or there are younger players at the table, feel free to give your players a few extra seconds.XResearch source
- 5Ask players to reveal their answer cards all at once. Players can either hold their answer card (A, B, C, or D) up for the host to see, or place their answers face-up on the table to submit their answers.XResearch source
- If a player doesn’t share an answer, they automatically lose a point.
- It’s especially important for players to flip their answers over at the same time on majority rule questions, since a player who waits to see everyone else’s answer can cheat and change their card at the last minute.
- 6Remove a point from each player with an incorrect answer. Everybody always starts with 10 points, and players can only lose points in Black Card Revoked. If a player gets a correct answer question incorrect, they lose 1 point. For majority rule cards, whichever answer gets the most votes is the "correct" answer, and any player who voted for a minority answer loses 1 point.XResearch source
- You can allow players to keep track of their own points if everyone is trustworthy (it’s a party game, after all), or have one player keep track of everyone’s points on a piece of paper.
- 7Resolve any ties by relying on the host’s judgment. For majority rule questions, it’s possible for players to tie. When this happens, the host gets to choose what the correct answer is. Remember, majority rules are opinion-based, so don’t worry about getting anything wrong if you’re the host.XResearch source
- 8Begin a fresh round with the next host. Once all points have been subtracted for incorrect answers, the host puts the question card at the bottom of the deck or in a discard pile. Then, the next host draws a new question card and a fresh round starts.XResearch source
- There’s no official rule on whether the host role moves clockwise or counterclockwise, so it doesn’t matter so long as you pick a direction and stick with it.
- You get a strategic advantage by being the host since you can’t lose a point if you’re judging the round, so make sure all the players host an equal amount of time!
- 9Continue playing until a player loses all 10 of their points. Play continues until a player runs out of points. The losing player has their black card revoked and the remaining players win. Alternatively, you can choose a winner based on who has the most points left, or continue play until there is one player standing.XResearch source
- Remember, this game is meant to be tongue and cheek. Nobody is "less black" just because they lose an opinion-based trivia game!
- There are a dozen or so different versions of Black Card Revoked. If you want a copy of the game that focuses on hip hop or black history, or you simply want a fresh set of question cards, you can buy them online from the publisher.
- You can play Black Card Revoked online at Factile if you want to practice or play against bots to test your knowledge of black culture!
- If this game sounds fun but you aren’t black, you might be interested in the Jewish or Latino version of the game!XResearch source