Free Board and Card Games

This page has the best stuff. Our best board and card games, absolutely free. 

Section 1: Easy-to-Print Games

Most of the games below require little or no printing, so in most cases you can download the PDFs and read them from your mobile device, or just print the rules and go. Sometimes, like with Palomino, there's an optional board in case you want to get fancy. 

  • Button Men  Button Men: A strategy dice game played with lots of dice. Now with 48 free characters!
  • Fightopia!  Fightopia!: A 2-player chessboard game with small, medium, and large robots.
  • Flip  Flip: A quick strategy game using ten 6-sided dice.
  • Mapple  Mapple: A simple territory control game you play with coins.
  • Pairs  Pairs: A pub-style card game (you can print our deck, or use cards from three poker decks).
  • Palomino  Palomino:A casino-style card game played with a single poker deck.
  • Pennywise  Pennywise: A simple strategy game starring your pocket change.
  • Poker Suite  Poker Suite: 14 original games that you can play with a standard deck of cards.
  • Queensland  Queensland: A simple strategy game played with a checkers set.
  • Red Baron  Red Baron: A Blackjack-style game played with a custom deck (of standard cards).
  • Take Back Toe  Take-Back-Toe: An award-winning 2-player strategy game with chips and a 6-sided die.

Section 2, Card Games

The games below contain nothing but cards. Which sounds easy. But actually, good cards are hard to make. We've given you some hints in the rulebooks, but the best method is different for every game. Agora and TimeLine cards, for example, want to be on heavier cardstock or chipboard, while cards for Unexploded Cow and The Big Cheese need to be thinner and easier to shuffle. For some of these card games, we've created a project at (a Hong Kong printer) so you can order your own copy from them. But even if you do that, we'd still like a donation.

  • Agora  Agora: A tile game about building an ancient marketplace, for 2-4 players.
  • The Big Cheese  The Big Cheese: A bidding game about workers, projects, and managers, for 3-6 players.
  • BRAWL  BRAWL: A real time card game with 6 character decks, for 2 players. (Also for iOS!)
  • FALLING  FALLING: A real time card game about falling to the ground, for 4 to 8 players. 
  • Gold Digger  Gold Digger: A press-your-luck card game about digging for gold, for 2 to 4 players. 
  • Light Speed  Light Speed: A real time card game about space combat, for 2 to 5 players. 
  • Renfield  Renfield: A trick-taking gambling game about gravediggers eating bugs.
  • Starbase Jeff  Starbase Jeff: A gambling puzzle game about building a space station.
  • TimeLine  TimeLine: An abstract tile game about time travel, for 2 to 5 players.
  • 12 Days of Christmas  The 12 Days of Christmas: A holiday-themed bidding game for 3 to 5 players.
  • Unexploded Cow  Unexploded Cow: A card game about mad cows and unexploded bombs, for 3 to 6 players.

Section 3, Board Games

These games have boards, and some have cards too. They can represent a logistical challenge to assemble, but we know you're up to it. The result will be a professional-quality board game that cost you nothing. Unless, of course, you would like to support us with a donation

  • Deadwood  Deadwood: A super-solid and funny game about bad actors on a western backlot, for 2 to 6 players.
  • Devil Bunny Needs a Ham  Devil Bunny Needs a Ham: An absurd game about climbing a building, for 2 to 5 players. 
  • Fish Cook  Fish Cook: Fish Cook: a simple board game about cooking fish. 
  • Kill Doctor Lucky  Kill Doctor Lucky: A famous board game of murder in the dark. For 3 to 8 players. 
  • Spree!  Spree!: A fast and furious game about looting a shopping mall, for 3-8 players.
  • Tak  Tak: An abstract strategy game based on the works of Patrick Rothfuss.
  • Tishai  Tishai: A chess variant from the mysterious past, for 2 players.
  • Witch Trial  Witch Trial: A card game about lawyers, witches, and money, for 3 to 7 players. 

Section 4, Games in Beta Test

Do you like testing things before they are done? Before they are even very good? Then this section is for you. These are the Cheapass Games that are good enough to test, but not good enough to publish. Check 'em out today, and give us your feedback!

  • Cagway Bay  Cagway Bay: A pirate minis game with sailing, shooting, and loot!
  • Cagway Bay  Tak: A new abstract strategy game based on the works of Patrick Rothfuss

Section 5, Accessories

We've got print-and-play files for Cheapass Games money, for use in several of our games including Deadwood, Witch Trial, and Unexploded Cow. And we also have designs for poker chips, and instructions on how to order your own.

  • Money  Cheapass Money: Nine different bills, ten to a page, suitable for all your gaming needs. 
  • Chips  Cheapass Poker Chips: Designs for nine different chips, and instructions for ordering them online.