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Button Murderers

Posted by Cheapass Games (Creator)

Greetings, Button Men!

After a long delay, James has finally had time to work on the Button Murderer set. He's now planning to create a total of 18 new Button Men cards, available for free download from or for purchase from Drive Thru Cards.The set will include the sixteen murderers from Kill Doctor Lucky, as well as Doctor Lucky himself and a teaser character from the Island of Doctor Lucky (Kudos Gwynne).

Button Murderer preview. Art not final.
Button Murderer preview. Art not final.

The characters in this set have "Lucky" Dice. When you make an attack with a Lucky Die, if you don't like the first roll, you can roll it again and keep the second result. When a Lucky Die is captured, the dice that captured it gain the same ability for that roll. We're still in the final days of the Girl Genius: The Works campaign, so these cards are still a few days away from their final playtest. 

James is also making progress on the Mapple maps! This map, not quite finished yet, represents the Central District ca 1986. As with real-world maps, some liberties have been taken with the neighborhood boundaries in order to make a functional game board. (It feels weird to make apologies for fudging the borders of fictional neighborhoods, but there it is.) 

Central District circa 1986. A work in progress.
Central District circa 1986. A work in progress.

Until next time, thanks again for supporting Cheapass Games!

Team Cheapass

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      Trey Palmer on

      I hope I'm not being pushy, but I'd love to see these. Any updates?
      Thanks again - and my daughter finally beat me at 'straight' Button Men. I'm so proud. Now to break out the poison dice.

    2. Cheapass Games 11-time creator on

      @Trent It's still in progress and not yet posted. We'll update everyone when it's available. -Cassidy

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      Trent Coombs on

      I can't find this on or Drive Thru Cards....can you provide a more specific link to the deck?

    4. Cheapass Games 11-time creator on

      @Josh Thanks for asking! We just came up with these and haven't really looked at every case yet.

      Chances are we would have to call out Trip Dice specifically and give a ruling. I think you're right that the Trip Die simply wouldn't get the ability because it doesn't re-roll after the attack.

      We might be able to word the core ability to make that more clear, specifically by saying that the phantom ability is granted only after a Skill or Power attack, which would probably cover some other hard cases too. But that also excludes some benign cases like Speed and Rush attacks. Or we might be able to use the word "after" in a clever way that silently answers the problem without calling it out.

      Anyhow, it's a rough draft. Lots of testing remains. -James

    5. Josh Smift on

      Ooh, cool.

      Here's a question, from a forum post on the buttonweavers site: What happens if a Trip die captures a Lucky die with a Trip Attack?

      As written above ("When a Lucky Die is captured, the dice that captured it gain the same ability for that roll."), I feel like "that roll" would refer to the re-roll that the capturing die makes after capturing, which Trip dice don't do when they make a successful Trip Attack. So I think you wouldn't get to try again if you Trip Attack a Lucky die and capture it (and aren't happy with your roll for whatever reason -- maybe it succeeded but was low, or maybe you were attacking a Lucky Poison die, or something).

      It might be worth an official clarification of how these interact, either way.

      Yay Button Men!