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Cards Against Humanity played by the cast of Downton Abbey, no bullshit (NSFW)

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

The newest season of Downton Abbey kicked off over the weekend on your local PBS station and this time around it's definitely a bit smutty. While previous seasons have been about death and disaster, this time around it's about sex.

It should come as no surprise then to find both the upstairs and the downstairs inhabitants of the fictional estate enjoying the "card game for horrible people" known as Cards Against Humanity.

Laura Carmichael, who portrays the woebegotten Lady Edith Crawley, goes up against Lesley Nicol, who plays the firm but loving cook Mrs. Patmore. They are joined by the head housekeeper Mrs. Hughes herself, otherwise known as actress Phyllis Logan. Nicol seems to have experience in her favor, but their match is a close run thing in the end. To be honest, I couldn't think of a better way to introduce the game if I had tried.

Sadly the Dowager Countess was not in attendance. She would have gotten all the best cards anyway.

You can read more on Polygon about Cards Against Humanity's recent exploration of the excrement trade, their recent annexation of a private island, or a profile of co-creator Max Temkin here.