Classic strategy dice game is now live on Kickstarter
After more than a decade-long hiatus, the classic Cheapass game Button Men is back! Button Men is a quick-playing strategic dice game about beating people up. When it released in 1999, it won Origins Awards for both game design and graphic design and attracted a huge following. Over the next several years, the library of Button Men characters grew to over 300, including original and licensed characters.
“Button Men is one of my favorite designs,” says inventor James Ernest. “My goal was to come up with a system where large and small dice could be fairly balanced against each other.”
Button Men were originally sold as pin-back buttons. In order to offer an expanded selection of characters at an affordable price point, Cheapass Games is converting Button Men to a deluxe card and dice game. Set in Fight City, a fictional 1950’s gangster town located somewhere on the Gulf Coast, the new Button Men game features four warring factions, each with their own style of play. (Since a “button man” is a low-level gangster, the name still fits without the buttons.) While the components are changing, the rules are not; all previous Button Men characters are compatible with the new set.
Button Men Kickstarter levels range from a $15 pack of promo items to a limited $485 level offering backers the chance to be drawn as Button Men characters by game artists Cheyenne Wright and Nate Taylor. While Button Men will release in its new card and dice format in retail stores later this year, Button Men fans will also be able to get their favorite characters on pin-back buttons.
About Cheapass Games Cheapass Games is a small game company in Seattle Washington, specializing in quirky tabletop games. They produce deluxe games, cheap games, and free games, all of which can be found at their double-secret website cheapass.com. James Ernest has been designing games for more than 20 years, with more than 150 published titles including Kill Doctor Lucky, Give Me the Brain, Button Men, Lords of Vegas, Pairs, and Tak: A Beautiful Game.