CoolMiniOrNot Gets Brutal

By Jared Miller
In Card Games
Jun 12th, 2015

Blood stains the ground as warriors clash in the fighting pits, each armed with the skills, weapons, and bravery needed to survive. However, no matter how prepared the warriors are, only one will make it out. Combat is fast, furious, and brutal. So it’s fitting that the game I’m talking about is Brutal from Italian artist (and game designer) Gipi. Currently funding on Ulule (the first European crowdfunding site), Brutal has been snatched up by CoolMiniOrNot for distribution stateside and already has a tie in with the upcoming Zombicide: Black Plague. For more about the game and the trailer, check after the break.

Brutal is a hand management game for 2-4 people where players take on the identity of one of several different warriors, playing different weapons, armor, and items from their hands in hopes of killing the other fighters. Defeating the other combatants is all about removing cards from their hands to get them to draw damage cards. The different warriors all have varying hand sizes and other abilities, making them unique forces to be dealt with in the pits. There are several game variants, including one-on-one, two-on-one, two-on-two, or free-for-all (just like any good gladiator fight).

As I mentioned at the top, Brutal has a tie-in to Zombicide: Black Plague (currently funding on Kickstarter) by way of a Special Guest artist box, featuring four different fighters from the card game with Survivor ID cards and miniatures.

If you’re a fan of shows like SpartacusRome, or some of the more recent episodes of Game of Thrones, you’ll want to keep an eye on this game.


  • Wormwood

    In a round about way are you saying that there is an English version going to be printed? If so, great otherwise this was just an ad for your own KS – which is cheapening the other game by doing so.

    • boxofglitter

      Something wrong with your reading comprehension? ” Brutal has been snatched up by CoolMiniOrNot for distribution stateside”
      And frankly it would be the other way around – $1.6 million funded so far vs $41k for Brutal on Ulele – The cross promotion seems to be heavily tipped in favor of Brutal rather than the other way round.

      • Wormwood

        I should have really asked is there an English version being printed ‘soon’

        As for the rest, nah I cannot see this crossover helping a non-English based game’s funding. I could be wrong but again I am more interested in the card game than the new rendition of Zombicide.

        Cheers for the response Box

        • Odinsgrandson

          A lot of European gamers get the English versions of games via Kickstarter (since knowing a second language is really common in Europe).

          A lot of them would prefer a translated game, but I’d be pretty surprised if there weren’t a decent number of Italian gamers backing Black Plague who might cross over.