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Button Men is a classic dice game from Cheapass Games, returning in a new starter set!
Button Men is a classic dice game from Cheapass Games, returning in a new starter set!
1,346 backers pledged $69,415 to help bring this project to life.

Introducing "The Core"

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Greetings, Buttoners!

While we were crafting this update, our campaign smashed through its funding goal! Huzzah!

We're thrilled at the enthusiasm for this project, and we hope to bring you lots of exciting details about this game over the next few weeks.

First up, it's time to introduce The Core, a beginner's set of 12 characters illustrated by Nate Taylor. These fighters have only normal dice, so they're a great set for learning the basics of the game.

About Fight City: Fight City is located at the mouth of the Lawaree, the river that separates Mississippi and Alabama. The region was explored by French trader Georges LeClercq in 1705. Fight City's actual name is Selaria, after its founder Selaris Kronauer. The city was established as a British port in 1788, and it did not officially become part of the United States until 1856, holding out almost half a century longer than Baton Rouge.

Fight City's Central District
Fight City's Central District

The Core Characters:

If you're just learning Button Men, or if you like simple characters, you will play with the Core. These characters have only basic dice, and they make only the normal Power and Skill attacks. But there is still plenty of variety here, from the sleek and dangerous Donna Chase to the heavy-handed "Thick Tony" DeLuca. Here's a snapshot of the set:

The Core Set: 12 basic fighters
The Core Set: 12 basic fighters

The Core characters hail from Fight City's Central District, and include fighters from all three major families: Pierce, Reed, and Stone. There are also a few free agents in here, of course. But all that really matters is that they like to beat people up.

Note: Everything you will see in this campaign is preliminary! We are still road-testing these characters and card designs before we commit anything to print. Names, recipes, and even artwork might change before we take the set to press. F'rinstance, we know it's hard to read the white letters on the white outfits. We can fix that. These cards will also have more biographical and game information on the back.

Wait, isn't "Fight City" From Another Game?

Indeed it is. Back in 1999, we released a card game called Fight City, illustrated by Brian Snoddy. That game had nothing to do with Button Men, but we really like the setting, so we decided to update it for this game.

Cards from the original "Fight City"
Cards from the original "Fight City"

One of these days, we would really love to take a crack at redesigning the cards from the original Fight City, now that the magic of full-color printing is so readily available to us. In the meantime, we'll enjoy developing the story with the new characters in Button Men.

Thanks again for helping us reach our funding goal. Let's keep the ball rolling!

Next Up: Meet the West Side.

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    1. Erik W. on April 29, 2017

      Oh yeah, I do remember Fight City. That connection was totally lost on me. Never did get it, but I remember it looking interesting.

    2. fightcitymayor on April 29, 2017

      Pfft... Fight City. It's not like anyone still has those 2 decks in sleeves & enjoyed it enough to use it as their internet handle for over a dozen years. Pfft... no one would be that weirdo.