19 Mar 2013 07:09 pm

Machine of Death: The Game of Creative Assassination



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Updates & Variants • Audiobook

We did a Kickstarter for a card game based on Machine of Death! Here’s the pitch video that gives you an overview of the game:


Canadian retailers:


Print out the game at home, or just download the manual and cards to check ’em out! We’ve offered the game cards in both color and black & white versions, so you can choose how you want to print them.

In addition, we’ve sized the b&w versions for either US letter or European A4 pre-perforated business card templates, in case you want to use those! Otherwise, just trim the cards on the lines provided. Files for both fronts and backs of the cards are provided. Hopefully they line up when you print them!!

Full English edition torrent (Coming soon)
Full German edition torrent

Game manual PDF (spreads) — this tells you how to play!
Game manual PDF (single pages)

Game manual PDF (spreads)

Mission Book PDF — targets created by our Webcomics Pals!
Target Intel Sheets — you’ll want to print out some of these for use in making up your own targets and missions. You can also consult our fan-generated Intel Spreadsheet and pick a random target from there, or use the Web App Toolkit at intel.machineofdeath.net!

Target Intel Sheets

Machine of Death: The Game of Creative Assassination is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. This permits noncommercial sharing, remixing, adaptation, and distribution of the game and its contents, so long as attribution is given and derivations are released under the same license.

If you tinker with our game, we want to hear about it! Send us a note. Check out existing variants farther down this very page!


Here’s a very quick summary of the game rules!

Here is our ALL-STAR PLAYTEST TEAM running a few rounds of the game! This will give you a good sense of the style of play. NOTE: The final published rules add another wrinkle (assigning difficulty) that isn’t mentioned in these two.

Here’s game creators Kris Straub and David Malki ! playing an INTERNATIONAL SKYPE GAME with Kickstarter backer Nateman! This shows the WHOLE GAME start to finish, including multiple assassinations. This video also has…JOKES

This is a video of tiny kittens romping around in a pile of Machine of Death game cards.


We encourage checking out these reviews to see if it’s the kind of game you think you’ll like! If it’s not your kind of game, we don’t want you to waste your money on it.

Badass Digest“Kill And Laugh In MACHINE OF DEATH”

Mom@Play“8 Reasons to Play Machine of Death”

Major Fun“Machine of Death”

BoardGameGeek user“Nothing In His Life Became Him Like the Leaving Of It”

BoardGameGeek user“There’s No Escaping This Machine”


We commissioned a bunch of 90-second timer music tracks, for you to optionally use when playing the game!

You can find the tracks below, and also at: intel.machineofdeath.net/music

To play a track at random, see: machineofdeath.net/button

Full MP3 album [15 tracks, 25MB zip file]
Full MP3 album torrent

All of this music is licensed Creative Commons BY-NC-SA. Feel free to share the MP3s!


BoardGameGeek forum suggestions
Earlier games we invented using a deck of death cards

Here is a new variant rule, explained! It’s good for people who want to get to playing FAST and don’t mind a little randomness guiding the story you’re telling.

Game Audiobook

As promised in our Kickstarter campaign, we have created a COMPLETE AUDIOBOOK for your use. The audiobook is narrated by Kris Straub, with music by Kevin McLeod.

DEATH CARDS (19 min)




Download all four tracks at Gumroad!



9 Responses to “Machine of Death: The Game of Creative Assassination”

  1. on 19 Mar 2013 at 8:04 pm 1.Jennie Cauwels said …


  2. on 19 Mar 2013 at 8:06 pm 2.Phrawger said …

    My bellybutton is puckering and unpuckering in anticipation of the reveal of the mystery stretch goals now that the campaign is over. When can we expect those glorious secrets to be uncovered?

  3. on 29 Mar 2013 at 1:15 am 3.malki ! said …

    They have been…REVEALED https://machineofdeath.net/826la-2

  4. on 19 Mar 2013 at 8:11 pm 4.Anonymous said …

    Congratulations to everybody! Can’t wait to play the game.

  5. on 19 Mar 2013 at 8:37 pm 5.thecrowsaykaw said …


  6. on 19 Mar 2013 at 11:16 pm 6.Andrew S Lee said …

    Come on people, the Kickstarter is over and I haven’t immediately received my pledged items via teleportation. What gives?

  7. on 21 Mar 2013 at 6:42 am 7.neoeo said …

    Didn’t meet the $600,000 stretch goal: “Pledged Items Delivered Immediately by Teleportation!” Gotta pay to play.

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