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13 Monsters - a battle memory tabletop game!

Memory, Luck and Strategy come together in this beautiful, easy to learn game about the rise and fall of Monsters and their masters.

13 Monsters - a battle memory tabletop game!

Memory, Luck and Strategy come together in this beautiful, easy to learn game about the rise and fall of Monsters and their masters.

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13 Monsters - a battle memory game! 

A beautifully illustrated tabletop battle memory game about the creation and destruction of monstrous beings. This game can be won by having the best memory, being the most aggressive and sometimes even by just being the most likable person in the room.

Trust us, any of these tactics can greatly influence the outcome of every game.

13 Monsters is a tabletop game that requires skill, memory and just a bit of luck. Devise the perfect strategy while you collect, battle or barter for the parts you need to create your own ultimate monster. Not much of a fighter yet? Just keep searching for monster parts on the playing field but always watch your back! Other players will stop at nothing to build their own army of perfect monsters, even if it means attacking everything you’ve built so far. Will you be able to build your monsters on time to defend what’s yours and conquer your opponent? Or will your bad strategy cost you an arm and a leg?



13 Monsters was created by Twisted Stranger (That's us)! An international design agency that's sorta famous for our illustrative work. We've successfully worked with huge organisations like Disney, Warner Bros. and the Dutch government, but secretly, we've always been most afraid to face you! Yep. You. Just you. Not plural. We want to impress you soooo bad.

Our love for monsters was actually something we were all born with. Oddly enough all of us read ‘Where the wild things are’ repeatedly as kids and soon enough we were the ones under the bed in search of monsters. We haven't found any yet, but we still check from time to time. By combining the most exciting aspects of the games we played back then, yes, even under the bed, and making up new rules as we went ahead with the creation of the monsters we never got to meet, 13 Monsters became a thing! A thing we really started to believe in.

We've spent two years playing and evolving the game, tweaking the graphics, adjusting the rules and upgrading the required materials to match the quality of the ever improving artwork until we finally felt that what we made, was sure to impress even our biggest nemesis. You.

So, since you're still here, we'll assume you're on-board and ready to help us face our demons.. with monsters. We'll stand right beside you as you attack with vigor, challenge your memory, form very short alliances and hopefully obliterate your friends every once in a while. We've got the game, you've got the power.


Here's what you should know before you play our game:

  • Gather 2 to 8 players (ages 5 and up)
  • The older the players, the more tactical the game gets
  • Set up the game by placing the 78 durable cardboard tiles face down on the table
  • The 'Portable playing field' makes setting up the game a breeze

Here's a quick overview of the basic rules of the game. They're quite simple to grasp but impossible to master!

Flip over 2 cards, 3 if you're lucky. Finding a matching horizontal set (the top, middle or bottom of a monster) means you get to go again!  

When you've found a top, middle and bottom monster set of any kind, you'll get to create a monster. There are 4 monster types. As your monster becomes more complete it'll gain HP and special powers! 

The benefits of owning a monster aren't limited to its special powers. Owning a monster also means that you'll get to attack others! Choose an opponent and start by throwing all 5 dice. Your monster's elemental level dictates how often you get to throw. 

The player who ends up with the highest total wins the battle and gets to steal a monster set from the loser! This goes both ways, so be careful (or tactical), because attacking with your strongest monster could mean losing your special powers or even the ability to fight altogether!

Finally own a monster? It'll have one or more special powers that you'll need to use to win the game! Well, the same goes for your opponents, so just try to beat them to the punch, OK? 

Sacrifice lets you re-arrange your monster sets to create an even stronger (AP) or healthier monster (HP). You can only do this during your turn! 

Permafrost gives you the power to 'freeze' a tile so no one else can flip it over while searching for a monster set. 

You've got a complete monster (Monster O.G.)! Now you get to play the special 'Prophet' power. This special power allows you to turn 3 tiles instead of 2 while searching for a monster set. This is where the game starts to gain a lot of momentum!

Whaaaah! You've completed the 13th Monster?! Time to use Super Nova! This ultimate power allows you to instantly grab an entire monster from any opponent, no battle required! Thankfully, this special power can only be used once per game. 

When all the tiles have been collected, it's time for a final round of battling, bartering and playing special powers. At the end of this round every player sums up the HP of their monster army. The player with the highest HP total wins the game! 


Elemental Master

There's also an alternative way to win 13 Monsters! If you own complete monsters (Monster O.G.) of 4 different elements you'll be declared the 'Elemental Master' and you'll instantly win the game. Even if there are tiles left on the playing field. 

Not much of a reader? Sit back and soak it all up!

We've created a bunch of video's to demonstrate the rules and to give you a general idea of what a 'typical' game of 13 Monsters looks like. We've translated our 'How to Play' videos in French, Spanish, Dutch and German so everyone can play along. 

Check out our 'How to play' videos on YouTube.

 Wanna know even more?

Download the manual on our website. It comes in 5 languages, Dutch. German, English, French and Spanish. 

Download our manual!

(just scroll down below the video and choose the desired language by clicking on the corresponding flag)


Shipping, distribution and taxes

Avoid unwanted surprises, that's our motto. We're pretty experienced in production and distribution in many popular territories  and we're actively negotiating with a wide selection of fulfillment centers in the EU, North America and China. Based on the projected sales for those countries we've decided to offer fixed shipping rates which also cover import taxes for these regions.

We're still establishing fixed rates with fulfillment centers for/in Russia, East Asia, Africa and South America. But rest assured that our fees are based on the lowest estimates for our projected stock per region once we've reached our initial goal. While we're well aware of certain exceptions regarding import and export, we promise we'll stay transparent and  actively work with you to try and cover most unforeseen expenses on your end if you've already pledged.

Shipping fees are set and specified as followed for most of the rewards:

  •  EU/UK - €7-13
  •  Poland - €10
  •  North America - €13-14
  •  Eastern Europe/South America €18-20
  •  Rest of the world/Specific countries  -  €18-24 (we'll keep negotiating)

There are currently five known elemental monster types. While the monsters don’t look alike at all, their powers always come from one of the following natural forces. And yes, ghosts exists.

 At Twisted Stranger our passion for 13 Monsters became so obvious that everyone we knew wanted to chip in. Together with a growing team of illustrators, researchers, programmers and story tellers we set forth on our journey to let you become the best monster creator of all time. Most of us got to create at least one of the 13 Monsters, with the added luxury of having them be perfected by our very talented graphic artists. This game truly was and still is a labor of love.

Slobbery monster kisses (?) from your creators:

Rens, Steven, Sjeng, Violaine, Julia, Tom and Jerry (yeah, we know) ..and all the other monsters that helped us out so far!

Some monsters should've stayed under the bed.. or at least be locked away in the darkest corners of our minds!

After creating, debating and selecting the final 13, we settled on the set of rules we wanted to try out on different demographics. We tried to separate people in groups that we labeled  young, old, casual, hardcore and yes, we even tried to observe peoples feedback in relation to their gender.. we know.. bad.. The good news? Nobody played the way we expected them to. We've seen 6-year-old kids beat hardcore players and moms completely sweep a six player game in less than 30 minutes. It was amazing. We promise never to think in boxes again.

Still, we did take feedback very seriously. Our one rule while developing the game: Avoid boredom!  

Some rules let the game run for almost two hours. We made sure that won't happen again unless you want it to.

We truly created this game with the help of many!

With this new knowledge at hand we managed to formulate a simple and easy to learn set of rules that accommodate quick casual rounds for newbies and intense strategic bouts of wits, allegiance and persuasion for more advanced players. There will be a lot of screaming at some point, so warn your neighbours if you have to.

By playing with as many people as possible, visiting trade shows and gauging everyone's general reaction to the game in it's final form we're pretty confident that we've created the type of frantic party game everyone's gonna have a blast with.

So help us out please!

We are ready to go! We've found the perfect manufacturer, our production chain is set up and ready to go and we managed to get some pretty solid shipping estimates. The goal we've set is all we need to start the production process.  Oh, and living in Europe has its perks, we've also managed to explain the game extensively in five languages in  a single, beautifully designed manual. We're also including a separate cheat sheet in English, French, Spanish, German and Dutch.

So please, release that monster that resides within you and back our game to give us that final push we need! We know for sure you'll have a gruesome time devouring your friends and family!

For more information about our game: https://www.13monsters.nl

Wanna know what we're up to between updates? Follow us on social media!

Risks and challenges

Good to know!

With multiple commercial products under our belt for a wide array of clients, this isn't our first time at the rodeo. It's just the first time we're doing this for ourselves.

Our game is essentially a tabletop card game, so it's pretty simple to produce and we're ready for high-volume production. We've perfected every aspect of our production chain and the last versions of our products and packaging turned out exactly the way we envisioned it. To say we're ready for retail would be an understatement. We've figured out the logistics, have pretty reliable shipping estimates and our manual and cheat sheets are already available in five languages!

So no matter how many people will pledge after we've reached our goal, we can handle the demand! Of course production might get a bit sluggish if the whole world suddenly wants a copy, but it won’t make that much of a difference. Once we've reached our initial goal we'll immediately start production so everyone who pledges will receive their reward within a very reasonable period. We've been waiting for you to play our game for years!

We've also decided to keep the rewards simple and cost effective. If you pledge $20,- or more you'll get a retail version of the game, even before it hits stores. Simple as that. If you want more copies of the game, just pledge several times! It’s called binge pledging and we approve!

Now, we know there are some more expensive rewards too, but trust us, if we say something is a limited edition, it will stay that way forever. So go ahead, indulge a bit, if that's your thing.

We'll always stay honest and we'll keep you well informed of any potential challenges we run into.

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    You're one of the nicest monsters we've ever met! Thanks for helping us out however you can.

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    We'll even sign the boxes if you'd like, just let us know who to make them out to :-)

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    You and your friends, family or customers can save quite a bit of money this way.

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    You'll get this highly detailed, hand-crafted, completely one of a kind statue of the 14th Monster. Oh, and it's detailed with actual 12k gold! Of course you'll also get a matching Gold edition of the game, numbered 1/100!

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