Unexploded Cow

--Note: For the Deluxe edition of Unexploded Cow, click here. --

Europe. Summer. 1997. You and your friends have discovered two problems with a common solution: mad cows in England and unexploded bombs in France.

You've decided to bring these two powderkegs together just to see what happens. And you wouldn't say "no" to a little money on the side.

So round up your herd, march them through France, and set them loose behind the Cordon Rouge. If you're lucky you'll come home rich before Greenpeace figures out what you're up to.

Either way, there's something magical about blowing up cows.

Unexploded Cow is one of the most popular Cheapass Games ever, designed by James Ernest and Paul Peterson. This free version contains the original artwork from Mike O'Connor, and updated rules. There is also a new deluxe version here, with all-new art by Cheyenne Wright.

Unexploded Cow is a fast-paced card game. Players invest in mad cows, and then reap rewards as they rid the French countryside of leftover bombs. Note that the mad cow disease and unexploded bombs are historically accurate. Whether anyone actually did this is anyone's guess. We're guessing "yes."

You will use the following files to make your very own copy of Unexploded Cow. The rulebook has several options for methods of making cards. It also contains a list of the other pieces you need: a 6-sided die and some money.

A hint on printing the money: Use different colors of paper for each denomination.

Unexploded Cow Die

How to Play Video: "How to Play Unexploded Cow" is just one of the videos on James Ernest's YouTube channel. Check it out!

How to Build Video: We've also posted a video about building the counters from this game, "How to Build Double Sided Counters."

Unexploded Cow