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in a tin, AKA: Digging

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Ages Play Time Players
8+ 30 minutes 2-4

Designer(s): Reiner Knizia

Manufacturer(s): FRED Distribution

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Product Description

Times were mighty hard for miners during the Gold Rush. Rival miners fought over the rights to the few productive gold, silver and copper mine sites. Then came the Desperados. Those gold thieves and mine robbers showed up in all shapes and sizes. It was best to have the help of a reliable partner to fight 'em off.

In Desperados, two players form just such a partnership in order to prospect and develop gold, silver and copper mines. So grab a partner and work those mines together, stay ahead of your rival prospectors, and watch out for those pesky Desperados!

Desperados was previously released under the name Digging and is one of Reiner Knizia's first published games.

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Reiner Knizia

  • Manufacturer(s): FRED Distribution

  • Artist(s): Charlie Binkele

  • Year: 2009

  • Players: 2 - 4

  • Time: 30 minutes

  • Ages: 8 and up

  • Weight: 202 grams

  • Language Requirements: This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Manufacturer's rules are printed in English.


  • 60 playing cards
  • Rules

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3 in 5 reviews

by Tom H
Fun family game
February 17, 2014

This turned out to be a very enjoyable but light card game that I played with my family during our Christmas visit. We played about six four-player games.

The rules were simple enough that my cousin, who is a second grader, could understand and play.

The action of trying to steal the other team's mines was the part that kept everybody interested. It was very satisfying to win a fight over a mine that the other side had put a lot of cards into.

I would recommend the game for family vacations.

Good for Two, Too!
October 14, 2002

My wife and I have enjoyed playing this little strategy card game. It took a few plays to get ahold of the strategy of the game. Later games find us drawing most of the cards until someone decides to play a 'mine open' card, and then the cards start flying to the table. We play it as the rules state....first to score 60. It usually takes 4-5 rounds to get that winning score. You never know how many bandits or 'close mine' cards you are going to receive, so the element of chance is a little more pronounced with two players. We've enjoyed it a lot, and it will be a much played game in our collection. Very playable and enjoyable.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Reiner Knizia's first ever published game
June 19, 2012

Desperados is Reiner Knizia's first published game, and first appeared in 1990 under the name "Digging". Players work together in partnerships, collecting gold, silver and copper from their mines, while trying to avoid bandits played by opponents. A new edition with terrific new artwork appeared fairly recently under the new name "Desperados".

Even though this is by far not one of Knizia’s best, if you’re looking for a simple light card game that plays quickly, is suitable as a filler or for non-gamers, and don’t mind some luck-of-the-draw, Desperados makes a decent choice in view of the unique partnership play for four players, and the attractive components of the new Gryphon Games edition.

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