The Give Me the Brain cover features a zombie in a pink Friedey's restaurant uniform holding a bright pink brain above his head. Piles of dirty dishes and food are stacked on either side of him.Welcome to Friedey’s, the Fast Food Restaurant of the Damned. You and your coworkers are zombies with lots of chores to finish, but only one brain to pass around. To win, you must finish your work, and empty your hand. But to do that, you’ll probably need to get your hands on the brain.

Players: 3-8 // Age: 12+ // Time: 15 minutes // Price: $25 // Rules


The object is simple: empty your hand. There are basically two kinds of card: bid cards, and job cards. The job cards represent something you can do on your turn, like cleaning the shake machine, or answering questions from customers. Many of these jobs are impossible unless you have the brain.

The brain is represented by a 6-sided die. When you do a brain-related task, you have to roll the die, to determine if you drop the brain.

When the brain is on the floor, players can play bid cards to pick it up. Whoever wins the bid takes the brain and also the next turn. Sometimes you will bid even when you know you can’t get the brain; after all, it does get another card out of your hand.

A hand of Give Me the Brain cards, including two bidding cards and four job cards.


The original edition of Give Me the Brain came in a white envelope featuring an open-mouthed zombie in a Friedey's chef uniform standing at a cook top.

Give Me the Brain was published in 1997 as a black and white game in a paper envelope. It won the Origins Award for Best Traditional Card Game of 1997. We revised the game and published a double-deck color edition in 2002. When Cheapass Games went into hibernation in 2006, we licensed the game to Steve Jackson Games, who published the third edition until 2014.

In each edition we have updated the rules and the cards. The 2015 edition has the same basic interior design as our 2002 edition, with a few altered cards, and formatted for a wider poker-sized card. It also sports a bold new cover design from beloved Friedey’s artist Brian Snoddy.