Papercuts: The New Game for Readers

Yes, we love reading. But every once in a while, it’s fun to socialize. What could bring readers together better than a literary game?

For you card game lovers out there, the ones who’ve played Apples to Apples, Cards Against Humanity, Go Fish, and everything else, there’s a new game in town. Strictly for readers, Papercuts, is “a party game for the rude and well read.” The Kickstarter campaign was initiated by Electric Literature with a $15,000 goal. It may even be as good as our ‘Book Game’ (click here for rules).

If you need a new card game to play with your reader friends and want to have a good time, this is it. Papercuts is advertised as that game that “Kurt Vonnegut, James Baldwin, and Virginia Woolf would play if they were alive, locked in a room together, and forced to play a card game.” 


The game can be played with 4-8 players. Here are the rules:

All players draw 8 cards from the answer pile and the Editor flips over a question card to start the game. The Writers each submit answer cards to fill in the blanks and the Editor chooses their favorite submission. The winning Writer takes the question card for 1 point. The person to the left of the Editor becomes the new Editor, and the game continues until someone wins 5 points or everyone wants to go do something else.

This sounds like Card Against Humanity- book nerd literary addition! If the game sounds at all interesting, make sure to back the project on the Papercuts Kickstarter page. Let’s get this game going!



Images courtesy of Electric Literature.