Small Card Games

Bread and Circuses

Button Shy Games

Regular price $1.50
Bread and Circuses
Bread and Circuses

The great empire is crumbling. Players are nobles doing what nobles do best in a crisis - milking the plebeians for as much money as possible before fleeing to their country homes. Make more money by giving plebeians a scarcer resource. 

Bread and Circuses is a 3 player game that consists of just 3 cards.

Each round has three phases:
1. Players argue about what side they will play, Bread or Circuses.
2. Players play their card, hiding its face.
3. Players reveal and score.

Players score one point for showing the same resource as exactly one other player.
Players score three points for showing a resource no other player shows.
If all players show the same resource, nobody gets any points and they mark a Riot down on the score pad.

Play continues until there are three Riots. The player with the most points wins.


  • Players: 3
  • Ages: 8 and up
  • Length: 5 minutes  


  • Publisher: Button Shy Games
  • Designer: John du Bois
  • Artist: Fabrice Weiss


  • Page count: 2
  • Components: 3 cards, rules
  • Additional components needed: pen and paper or any way to keep score


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