OBJECT OF UNEXPLODED COW: The object of Unexploded Cow is to be the player with the most money at the end of the game.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 6 players

MATERIALS: A rulebook, a play deck of 69 cards, a city deck of 12 cards, 79 tokens for money, and a die.

TYPE OF GAME: Economic Card Game



Unexploded Cow is an economics card game for 2 to 6 players. The object of the game is to be the player with the most money at the end of the game.

The game lasts until all 12 cities have been cleared. All players who end with more than the starting money have won, but some may win more than others.


A player will shuffle the two decks separately. The city deck goes into the center of the play area and the top card is revealed. This will be the first city you are in.

The cow’s deck is shuffled then each player is dealt a hand of 3 cards. The deck is then put in the center of play as well. All players are given 5000 francs.

All players pay 500 to the central pot before the game starts and the first player is chosen randomly.


Before the start of anyone’s turn, a couple of things might happen. If the previous city card was collected by the last player a new one should be revealed. If all 12 city cards have been taken, then play proceeds to sudden death. If the pot is ever empty at the start of a player’s turn then all players must ante 500 francs into the pot.

On a player’s turn, they will do the following things in this order. They will first draw 2 cards, then they may play cards, and finally, they will make a bomb roll.

When drawing you draw the top 2 cards of the remaining cow’s deck. If there is ever not a card to draw you will then shuffle the discard pile and make that the new draw pile.

When playing cards, you may play as many cards as you wish in any order you want to. There are events and cows. Events get played to the discard pile and the effects take place immediately. Cows are either played on yourself or other players. The player they are played on must pay for them.

Also, while playing cards you may rearrange your heard (or your line of cows you earn) in any order you wish for them to be in. This will matter when the bomb roll happens.

After you finish playing cards and rearranging your cows you will make a bomb roll. This is the number of the cow that will explode. You will count from the far-right cow to the left of your herd. If you have no cows start with your left neighbor’s right most cow. Cows cannot be counted twice so if you continue all the way around the table with no cows exploding stop.

When a cow explodes the paid amount on the card is paid to the player whose cow exploded. The amount is paid from the pot and you will discard your cow.

When one of your own cows explodes on your turn you earn the city card. you will follow the text on the card.


The game ends when all 12 of the city cards have been taken. The player with the most money is the winner, and any player who has more money than they started with also wins.  

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