"Avis is an expert chainsaw dueler and ice sculptor, and she likes to beat people up."
So begins the fable of Button Men, a mean little dice game for two players. It's a strategic little pickup game, featuring awesome art and snappy quips. Players take turns rolling dice and capturing each other's dice, in the game that was named the Best Abstract Board Game of 1999. And it doesn't even have a board!
Button Men was originally sold as two-packs of 2.25" pin-back buttons. There were several expansions from Cheapass Games, as well as licensed expansions based on Lunch Money, Legend of the Five Rings, Girl Genius, Sailor Moon, Dork Tower, and many more. There were hundreds of characters.
Now Cheapass Games is pleased to bring you the full rules, and some printable Button Men trading cards, to help you restart your Button Men collection. Keep watching this page for updates and new sets, whenever we have spare time, a massive Kickstarter campaign, or a healthy donation from our Button Men fans.
Here are the basics: First, download and print the rules.
- Button Men Rule Book (981K)
You can print your favorite artwork from the trading cards below, completely free. Or you can buy your favorite sets, printed on high-quality playing card stock, from DriveThruCards. Each set of 12 characters from DriveThru is $4.99.
- Button Men Soldiers: The original set of 12 characters, including Avis, Hammer, and Kublai
- Vampyres and Samurai: Two 6-character expansions, introducing Shadow and Focus dice
- Brom Button Men: 12 Characters by Brom, introducing Poison Dice
- Fightball Button Men: 12 Characters from Fightball, with a unique die selection rule.
Button Men: Soldiers (original set)
Button Men: Vampyres (First expansion)
Button Men: BROM (By James Ernest and Nick Sauer, artwork by Brom)
Button Men: Fightball (Released in 2003 as "Take Five")
Button Men: Samurai
In the Samurai set, the dark blue dice are Focus Dice. For the rules for Button Men: Samurai (Focus Dice and V Swing ) check out the more-complete online rules at www.beatpeopleup.com.
We've also created a mini-rulebook that fits on the back of those cards. It doesn't have the complete rules, but it's enough to get started.
- Button Men Mini-Rulebook (58K)
We are currently working on ideas for bringing this game back into print. Keep checking back for more information on Button Men!