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Cheapass Games returns with "Unexploded Cow," a fast-paced card game about mad cows searching for unexploded bombs.
Cheapass Games returns with "Unexploded Cow," a fast-paced card game about mad cows searching for unexploded bombs.
1,314 backers pledged $48,546 to help bring this project to life.

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"Around the World" City Deck!


Dearest Backers:

We hope you all had an excellent Tabletop Day! We're writing to tell you about an alternate city deck for Unexploded Cow, which you can find in this month's Game Trade Magazine! Featuring cows from exotic locales like Moscow and Instanbul, the "Around the World" deck replaces the original city deck and has some interesting new effects. Grab a copy of GTM to get your hands on the deck, or stay tuned to, where we'll release a print-and-play for everyone later this year!

A prototype version of the "Around the World" city deck from its testing phases.
A prototype version of the "Around the World" city deck from its testing phases.

Beat People Up!

We thought you might like to know that our latest Kickstarter campaign is up and running. Button Men has launched!

Button Men is a two-player strategy dice game about beating people up. Originally released in 1999, Button Men has garnered many awards, accolades, and a fervent fan base. You might remember the Unexploded Cow Button Men we introduced as part of this campaign.


Now this game is coming back in a brand new format, featuring all-new characters from four criminal factions. With simple rules and complex strategy, Button Men is a game you’ll enjoy again and again – a staple for any game collection. And, yes, they're compatible with the Unexploded Cow buttons you might already own.


 Thanks for playing Cheapass Games, and please go check out Button Men!

Team Cheapass

Tak: A Beautiful Game


Hello, backers.

We’re writing to let you know that our latest project and biggest Kickstarter ever, Tak: A Beautiful Game, is live now! Originally imagined by Patrick Rothfuss in The Wise Man’s Fear and brought to life by James Ernest, Tak is an elegant new two-player abstract strategy game in the same family as chess, go, and mancala.

Offered as part of the campaign is an affordable Tavern set at $25, the retail version at $55, and a wide variety of “Takcesssories” including a collector coin, Pairs deck, and companion book with extended lore on the game. Most recently we’ve announced an heirloom-quality Tak set crafted by Wyrmwood Gaming and named for Devi, one of our favorite characters from Pat’s world. As of now we’ve reached just over 1,200% of our goal, and still have a few surprises up our sleeves.

Tak represents over a year of hard work and testing by James and our dedicated fans. If you haven’t tried it, now is the perfect time to take a look!

Thanks for being a part of the Cheapass Games family. We hope you’ll enjoy Tak!

Don’t Miss Kill Doctor Lucky on Kickstarter!

Hello, backers.

I’m writing to let you know that our biggest reprint ever, Kill Doctor Lucky, is on Kickstarter right now, with just three days to go. 

Kill Doctor Lucky was the very first Cheapass Game, and this edition marks the 19.5th anniversary. It’s a lighthearted family game about murdering an old man in his house. Players sneak around Lucky Mansion looking for good weapons and hiding places, and they leap on every chance to take the old man out. But he’s not called “Doctor Lucky” for nothing: many murder attempts will be made, but only one will succeed. 

We are now just over 350% of our initial goal, but we still have more to accomplish. Here are some of the details so far: 

  • (Unlocked) Highest quality cards, boards, rules sheet, and box. 
  • (Unlocked) Bonus rules including Patience the Cat and Escape from Lucky Mansion 
  • (Unlocked) A custom wooden master pawn for Doctor Lucky 
  • (Unlocked) Several new games and accessories 
  • (Next Goal) A full alternate board on the back of the main board 
  • (Ultimate Goal) Wooden pawns to replace the wood-filled plastic pawns

The new edition of Kill Doctor Lucky represents a massive quality improvement in the game mechanics and components over all previous editions. If you’ve never played the game, this is the perfect time to jump in!

Thanks for being a part of the Cheapass Games family and we hope you’ll enjoy Kill Doctor Lucky. 

Please visit the BRAWL Campaign.


Unexploded Cow Backers:

Greetings! It's been a long time since we talked. Cheapass Games is going strong, with many new products, thanks to your help with our very first Kickstarter campaign. Unexploded Cow was reprinted this Spring and continues to do well, the first in a line of new evergreen products from Cheapass Games.

I'm writing to let you know about a Kickstarter campaign that's running right now. It's a reprint of BRAWL, a Cheapass game from 1999. This is a very different sort of game: a real-time card game where two players go as fast as they like, playing faster than a video game. 

BRAWL has just passed its funding goal, and now we've given backers the chance to pick up advance copies of six new decks, along with reprints of the original six decks. The new expansion is called "Senior Year" and you can read all about it in the front page and updates.

We hope you'll take a moment to check out BRAWL, and thanks again for supporting Unexploded Cow!

Best wishes,

James Ernest, Cheapass Games

Final Week of Pairs

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Good morning, Cow backers.

This is just a quick note to remind you that Pairs, the current Cheapass Games Kickstarter project, is starting its final week.

We have unlocked nearly all of our major stretch goals, so there will be as many as eleven different versions of Pairs to choose from, as well as a completely different game, FALLING. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Three Pairs decks based on Patrick Rothfuss' Name of the Wind series.
  • Professor Elemental Pairs deck by Unexploded Cow artist Cheyenne Wright
  • Decks by Echo Chernik, John Kovalic, and Phil Foglio
  • A new edition of the Cheapass Games classic real time card game, FALLING.

Please visit the campaign if you haven't already, and thanks for your support!

James Ernest, Cheapass Games