Are you ready for BRAWL?
History: In 1999, James Ernest refined his notion of Real Time card games. Building on his first real time card game, FALLING, which was multi-player with a dealer, he created BRAWL, a two-player card game with no dealer.
BRAWL is a lightning-fast combat game where two players burn through their 35-card decks in about 35 seconds. Each deck contains a unique mix of cards, and each deck requires a slightly different playing style to win.
Mechanics: Each player takes one deck, sets a "Base" card on the table, and begins to play. Players play their cards (Hit, Block, Clear, etc.) as fast as they like, trying to win each Base by playing more Hits on their own side. At the bottom of both decks are three Freeze cards. When every base is Frozen, the game is over.
Awards: The original BRAWL was nominated for two Origins Awards: Best Traditional Card Game, and Best Graphic Presentation of a Card Game in 1999. BRAWL: Club Foglio won two Origins Awards the following year, for Card Game Expansion and for Graphic Design. The competition was tough in 2001, because Brawl: Catfight was only nominated for Best Card Game Expansion (but we think the graphics are the best!)
Finding BRAWL: The original six decks are out of print, but you can still buy the expansions Club Foglio and Catfight, as well as the hard-to-find Ting Ting deck, from our friends at Paizo.com. BRAWL is also available on iOS (search for it on the app store), and we're thrilled to be able to announce that you can now buy the original decks from Drive Thru Cards. They make high-quality print-on-demand playing cards at amazing prices. The Drive Thru BRAWL decks are $6.99 each and are printed on durable casino-quality playing card stock, for hours of card-flinging action.
The Drive Thru Decks: all at Drive Thru Cards, $6.99 each (Remember, you need at least 2 decks to play):
- Bennett Deck at Drive Thru Cards
- Chris Deck at Drive Thru Cards
- Darwin Deck at Drive Thru Cards
- Hale Deck at Drive Thru Cards
- Morgan Deck at Drive Thru Cards
- Pearl Deck at Drive Thru Cards
The Rules: Here is a PDF of the BRAWL rulebook, updated in the new Cheapass Games format.
- BRAWL Rules 2011 PDF (2.64 MB)
The Free Decks: Below are links to individual print-and-play PDF files for each of the original six BRAWL characters. Each file contains the card backs (page 1) and the card fronts (Pages 2-5). Instructions for turning these files into playable decks are given on the last page of the rulebook, above.
- BENNETT Deck PDF (2.9 MB)
- CHRIS Deck PDF (2.8 MB)
- DARWIN Deck PDF (3.7 MB)
- HALE Deck PDF (3.3MB)
- MORGAN Deck PDF (2.7 MB)
- PEARL Deck PDF (3.8 MB)