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BADASS: Spades & Grenades. The only deck where every card game you play also qualifies as War.

Whether you're betting your motorcycle on a high-stakes game of Texas Hold 'Em with a barracks rec room full of pissed-off, cigar-chomping Navy SEALs, training a trio of rabid grizzly bears the intricate details of a hand of Hearts, or just running a lucratively-illegal three-card monte racket down at the local nursing home, you're going to need a deck of hardcore playing cards that appropriately demonstrate the fact that your human reproductive organs are forged from solid brass and steel.  

BADASS: Spades & Grenades is that deck.

This deck was not printed, it simply willed itself into existence.
This deck was not printed, it simply willed itself into existence.

Created by the guys who bring you Badass of the Week and Badass Con Carne, BADASS: Spades & Grenades is a straight-up deck of regular playing cards depicting 52 of the biggest badasses in the history of the world. They can be used for everything from Blackjack to 52-Card Pickup, and are pretty much guaranteed to turn a crappy, rainy-day waiting room game of Gin Rummy into a full-scale blood-drenched slugfest with the fate of the planet hanging in the balance.

From Shaka Zulu to George S. Patton, these hard-hitting premium playing cards depict real-life warriors, explorers, and various other eccentric murderlicious maniacs from every corner of the world and every period of history. Each comes with an awesome quote and every card will be hand-illustrated by our amazing stable of artists.

When we reach our main funding goal, the Royals and Aces will all have a full on depiction of the Badass in all their glory. The numbered cards will still be sweet, but they will be full-color portraits of some intense Badass faces.

When we hit the stretch goal we have artists standing by to give you EVERY card and EVERY Badass in full-on full-color beast mode with some appropriate inappropriate backgrounds.

the art isn't even finished and you already know you need to have it
the art isn't even finished and you already know you need to have it

The amount of death and destruction caused by the people on this list is more than some countries can claim, and the sheer weight of their cojones could sink the U.S.S Flagg like Shipwreck on a bender.

You can even play Crazy 8's with some of the most insane Badasses that ever existed
You can even play Crazy 8's with some of the most insane Badasses that ever existed

Got twenty-five years or so to think about the consequences of a few poorly-timed, ultra-violent life decisions?  Now you can play Solitaire in your five-by-five prison cell while learning cool crap about historical badasses.  Wanna spice up grandma's boring-as-hell Bridge club with something a little more intense than an automated external defibrillator? Choke-slam a deck of Spades & Grenades on the table and then laugh like a psychotic asshole while her entire home is instantly engulfed in flames like it was just in a head-on collision with a nuclear warhead. Or are you simply a hopefully-suave party dude trying to convince your ex-girlfriend's sorority sisters to play a few hands of Strip Poker?  Whip these suckers out.  If their clothes don't spontaneously combust and fly off into the atmosphere, at least they'll forget that wussy slap-in-the-face thing and just closed-fist punch you in the jaw because they know you're BADASS enough to handle it.

The BADASS: Spades & Grenades deck is printed at the United States Playing Card Company the choice of professionals and casinos for over a century!

The deck features 100% original and custom art: Every card has a unique piece of art and quote for each badass. The back & box design is an homage to the classic King design, but with some much needed Armored support. We have also included two special cards with rules for our drinking game Badass A$$hole!

The deck & uncut sheet will only ever be printed this one time, so make sure to grab a hold of a piece of what is sure to be Badass legend.

WHAT ELSE YA GOT?

If all those sweaty, bloody, warriors are not enough to goad you into an adrenaline fueled spending spree, then we have just the thing for you. A Badass Cigar Box made from the tears of cowards and the powdered remains of 21 different endangered species. The box is big enough to hold 8 decks or 2 books from the Badass trilogy or one book from the Badass trilogy and up to four decks!

Badass Cigar Box

Whether on your coffee table or bookshelf this box makes everything else near it look fragile
Whether on your coffee table or bookshelf this box makes everything else near it look fragile
WARNING: Staring at the art on the inside lid has been known to grow hair on your chest.
WARNING: Staring at the art on the inside lid has been known to grow hair on your chest.

Badass Certificate

The Badass Certificate can be added to any purchase. It's a frame-ready certificate signed by the creators and printed on really nice paper that indicates the person of your choosing is a badass.

Uncut Sheet

Each Uncut Sheet features 56 cards including jokers, aces, and special rules cards for drinking games. The sheets will printed in low quantities and will only be available during this campaign. Kickstarter exclusive. 

BADASS: A$$hole game rules

This is our version of the old drinking game. Enjoy responsibly.

Download the PDF

ADD-ONS

Once you have chosen a reward level, you can add to your donation and we will sort out your needs and wants at the end of the campaign. We will do everything in our power to help every one of you get the Badass things you deserve.

STRETCH GOALS

Let's make this deck everything we all know it should be. Every Badass on this list deserves to have their full glory displayed for all to see and stare in awe. This isn't some redesign of a standard deck where the numbered cards are just a set of pips, each card is unique and must be given the respect it deserves.

Badass Drink Coaster - $20K

Keep people aware of your Badass status, in drinking games & life
Keep people aware of your Badass status, in drinking games & life

Badass Handbook - $25K

This booklet is full of knowledge & stories you can use to impress that cute bank teller
This booklet is full of knowledge & stories you can use to impress that cute bank teller

About Us

Ben Thompson is the writer and creator badassoftheweek.com and author of the books BADASS, Badass: Birth of a Legend, and Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch.  He has written articles for Cracked, Fangoria, Soldier of Fortune, and Penthouse, can occasionally beat the Star Wars Trilogy arcade game with one quarter, and was once selected "Seattle's Sexiest Dungeon Master" by a local newspaper.

Manny Vega is the art monkey for Badass Con Carne and the guy that convinces Ben to do crazy ass projects like this. He's drawn comic books, illustrated for RPGs and card games and designed games for Midway, EA, Pandemic and MoonSpider Studio. He somehow also manages to squeeze in time as a husband, father and dog walker.

Special Thanks to our artists for believing in the project and putting their considerable talents towards making this a reality. I hope you guys are ready to paint non-stop for weeks once we hit that goal.

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The design is mostly done, give or take a few adjustments as we enter into the printing process. We are only waiting for the funds to pay the artists to complete the artwork for 50 more badasses. They are all professionals who have jumped into this project with both feet and are chompin' at the bit to get started. As soon as we hit the funding goal we will get them started on the face cards, and if we hit the stretch goal early we have more artists standing by to get the job done. The sooner we know what we are dealing with, the sooner everything will be in your grubby hands.

Our hope is to have everything printed and ready to ship by December so you can have something to give to the Badass in your life, even if that Badass is you. Nothing is a guarantee when dealing with printers and shipping, but you have my solemn oath that I will pack each deck and cigar box personally if it means delivering this on time to every amazing supporter.

FAQ

  • The United States Playing Card Company (USPCC) prints on Bicycle grade paper.

    The custom tuck case is their standard tuck case that you can see with all their Bicycle decks.

    Cards are Poker size and we are leaning towards a Smooth finish.

    They will definitely come cello wrapped because I know some of you are collectors, but we have not decided if we will be going for the custom seals or not.

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  • This is a fair question that I don't mind answering, but keep in mind this is our first attempt at printing cards so we are pretty fucking clueless as to how this will shake out in the end.

    - Printing the cards and the uncut sheets = $7500
    - Paying for the artwork (before the stretch goal) = $4000
    - Extra cost of the artwork after stretch goal = $4000
    - shipping this to you guys (averaging the international fees) about $5 each backer
    - Kickstarter & Amazon fees... priceless

    As you can see, we aren't really in this for the big money until we hit around $20K. We are doing this because it's awesome and we really wanted a Badass deck of cards that we could show off. You will notice that I left the Cigar Box off the list, that is because we are currently looking for a better solution for that bad boy. One way or the other, we will make them and get them to you.

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  • When you choose a reward (or edit your donation) but before you submit it, you can change the actual dollar amount at the top. Add the price of the ADD-ONs to your total donation and then submit.

    At the end of the project, we will send out a survey to take your exact order, and make sure it matches up with your donation and shipping info. You can even add on more things if they are still available.

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