Mmm, Bugs. You can't eat just one.
When the Gravediggers from Parts Unknown aren't scavenging body parts for Science, they play Renfield for money. It's a gambling game about parts, tools, gravestones, and bugs.
Yummy, delicious bugs.
Renfield was introduced in 1999 as Cheapass Games #019, a sequel to the gravedigging board game "Parts Unknown." We think this game is absolutely great, a giant among trick-taking gambling games. (Are there others?) Mechanically it's sort of a cross between Hearts (or Spades, or Pitch) and Poker (or Blackjack, or getting clubbed over the head). And it's extremely chaotic and vicious, just like the gravediggers who play it. Yet despite its chaos and viciousness, there is a fair bit of strategy, which includes being very hard-headed.
Renfield at Drive Thru Cards! We're pleased to announce that you can get a full-color Renfield deck from our friends at Drive Thru Cards. They make high-quality card games at amazing prices. The Renfield deck is just $9.99, and it's printed on silky smooth cardstock just like the decks in your fondest dreams.
The Free Version: If you'd like to print your own free copy of Renfield, here are the files you need:
- Renfield Rules PDF (1.62 MB): The Rules to Renfield.
- Renfield Cards PDF (16.2 Mb): This is a COLOR version of the Renfield deck.
- Renfield Card Backs PDF (Optional, 444 kb): This is a color version of the original card back (Gravedigger)
- Renfield Card Backs 2 PDF (Optional, 189 kb): This is a tastefully subdued, reversible cardback (Simple Pattern)