How to Play ‘What Do You Meme?’ – Including House Rules

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Every now and then, people tend to make simple things complicated. But we’re not here for it. The rules of ‘What Do You Meme?’ are simple, and will be explained simply. It’s that simple that you think you’re missing something, but that’s all it is in fact. Based on my experience with such card games, I’ve loved whatever added special rule, so, that will be included in this guide too!

  • Game setup;
  • Main rules;
  • Extra rules & ways to play;
  • Tips on winning the game;
  • Final thoughts;

Game Setup

The Game Setup

What Do You Meme rules are almost the same as Cards Against Humanity rules. You pick a place in which you can place the cards, and you feel comfy to sit around with your game, fellas. Me and my group love playing on the floor, but the table works fine too. 

The game starts by setting up your sexy little easel, preferably in the middle of the table so that everyone can see it. Each round, or if you wish for the whole game, one player is the game judge, while the others give responses and, therefore, compete with each other. All players get 7 caption cards in a round.

The idea of the game is to make memes while picking one of your caption cards, to match with the picture card of the round. To play, besides all, you need a sense of humor, a few friends you find in the streets (or not), and a deck of cards, by all means! The deck of cards is available on Amazon for $11.99, the other two find yourself!

Main Rules Of ‘What Do You Meme?’

You can find the rules paper in the box of ‘What Do You Meme?’, or you can simply download it here. It looks like this:

However, we know you prefer our way of explaining, and our sense of humor, so, welcome! 

Firstly, bear in mind that ‘What Do You Meme?’ can be played by 3 to 20 or more people, ages 17+, because of the content. The main game contains a total of 435 cards, divided into 360 caption cards, and 75 photo cards.

In the official sheet of rules, you may find that there are basic rules and bonus rules. The latter helps you make the game more fun! 

The basic rules: 

The judge of the round will select one of the photo cards (the bigger cards with the photos in them), and place it in the sexy little easel.

Once everyone sees the picture placed on the easel, they get a few seconds to pick one of their caption cards, that they think matches the picture best. Then, pass the chosen card facedown to the game judge, who has to shuffle them, and pick their favorite (funniest) card.  

The player who wins the round gets to keep the picture card as a point, and optionally become the next game judge. Or the player on the current judge’s left becomes the new judge. To start the next round, you draw 7 new caption cards and repeat the same process. 

Bonus Rules

  • If the judge decides to play a Freestyle Card, all players will have to make up a caption. Meaning, you all have to make up some words from your own brain and speak them out loud. Or if you’re shy, or don’t feel like talking, simply write them down and pass them to The Judge, just like you’d do with cards.
  • If you don’t like the 7 caption cards that you’ve got for the round, you can always exchange one of your well-deserved photo cards for 7 brand-new caption cards to destroy and nail the game. Obviously, this is only possible after a few rounds of playing.
  • You can add your photos to the Photo Cards deck. It’ll be almost like getting an expansion pack- it’ll add fun and laughter to the game. 

There’s no strict rule for the game ending. You might play until you’re bored of it, or until each player has been the judge at least 2 times. Whoever has the most picture cards (points), wins! 

Keep in mind that these rules are applicable to all editions and expansions of ‘What Do You Meme?’, although the game themes may change. The only difference is that depending on the number of cards, the game length might vary. 

Extra Rules & Ways To Play ‘What Do You Meme?’

Some house rules never hurt anybody, right? Here are our favorites that always add sparkle to our game night

The drinking rule: 

If you remember, we also made a guide on how to play the CAH drinking game. The same logic is applied here as well: the game judge picks 3 favorite cards. The first favorite drinks a shot, the second favorite drinks half of a beer, and the third one downs a full beer.

Playing What Do You Meme? with only 2 players:

We know we already said that this card game can be played by 3 or more people, but wouldn’t you love to know how to play ‘What Do You Meme?’ with 2 people? Well, here are our two favorite ways to do that:

  • Play with no game judge. This means that you place a random picture card on the easel, and you both pick one caption card from your hand as a match. Then, together decide which one was the funniest answer. Ps. This requires non-competitive mindsets from both of you! 
  • The second way is similar, but besides your two choices, you should also add random caption cards from the deck, and see if your picked cards are funnier, or the random ones. 

Tips On Winning The Game

If you’re just like me, and have that competitive spirit in whatever game you play (in games like ‘What Do You Meme?’ too), these tips are made specifically, from the bottom of our hearts, for you! 

Before you read the tips, I’d suggest you try to have fun more than win. 

  1. Think of what would make more sense, and what would make everyone laugh.
  2. Read the cards, look at the picture, and try to combine each with the photo, to see if it makes sense. Then finally make your decision and pick the card you think will do.
  3. Think about the humor sense of the judge of that round, and try to pick something that you think they might find funny. Well, they will pick their favorite, so whatever they like. 
  4. According to the Bonus Rules, you can exchange one of your Photo Cards for 7 new Caption Cards. It’s not a bad chance to get that point you want so badly.

Final Thoughts

You don’t want to forget to enjoy the time with whoever you’re playing the game with. And to have fun. Even if you don’t win any Photo Cards, you will win some good quality time laughing your lungs out, you filthy, so it’s a win-win. But while using our tips, we don’t doubt you will win points as well!

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