About this project
The Kickstarter campaign for Antidote: Lab Alliance will be over VERY soon (or has already ended!). THANK YOU to ALL of our backers who pledged to help bring this game to life!!
Did you miss the campaign?:
Now that the campaign is over, we can't take any more pledges (and we won't be able to make any edits to this campaign page), but this is not the end. After we fulfill all the backer rewards, you will be able to find Antidote: Lab Alliance in retail stores around the world and on our website.
Out of respect to our backers and all of our fans who supported us and sacrificed to help make this campaign a success, we are not planning to open a pre-order system for Antidote: Lab Alliance until rewards have been shipped to our backers.
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Something went terribly wrong in the lab and your entire team has been exposed to a deadly toxin! Can you deduce the antidote before it's too late? Will you be able to find enough of the life-giving-formula for everyone on your team to survive?
We're incredibly excited to bring you Antidote: Lab Alliance, the expansion to the card game Antidote: A Game of Deduction, Deception and Mortality!
Antidote: Lab Alliance introduces five new ways to play, including support for up to nine players, team play, new turn actions and special cards, and sinister new Lab Romance characters.
ATTENTION!: Antidote: Lab Alliance is NOT a standalone game. You will also need a copy of the base game, Antidote to play. (Fortunately, we've made the base game available in one of the pledge levels!)
For quick-start videos and rules for the base game and expansion, see "How to Play" below.
Antidote: Lab Alliance features 5 new ways to play:
- 1. Lab Alliance : The expansion that lets you take the game to 8 and 9 players. Introducing team-play, new turn actions and two new formulas.
- 2. Adrenaline Expansion : Antidote just got juiced! Speed up the flow of cards around the table or lock-down your lab in Quarantine.
- 3. Truth Serum Mini-Expansion : No more lies, just half-truths. Pass the truth serum to someone who needs a refresher on honesty.
- 4. New Lab Romance Characters : A fan favorite expansion from the base game is expanding more! Meet Gertrude, Hamlet, Titania and the wily Puck.
- 5. Double-Blind Expansion : The paranoia just got worse. You're paired with a teammate, but aren't sure who it is...or if you even have one...
Read the rules?:
- Antidote: Lab Alliance Rules (This document is still a work in progress. The rules are set, but the finished document will look and read better.)
- Antidote Rules (The base game)
Watch a learn-to-play video?:
Antidote: Lab Alliance Gameplay Video:
Antidote (the base game) How to Play Video (made by a fan of Antidote):
Every copy of Antidote: Lab Alliance will come in a sturdy box with beautiful matte finish. Inside each box will be:
- 78 Cards: Including 36 Formula cards, 9 Lab Alliance Lab Assistant cards, 4 new Lab Romance characters, 3 Truth Serum cards, 5 Adrenaline cards, 2 Quarantine cards, 9 Lab Alliance Team cards, 8 Double-blind cards, and 2 Syringe cards.
- 1 Lab Alliance Rulebook
- All stretch goals reached in the project description below
PLUS!: Kickstarter backers will also receive the special Kickstarter Syringe and Hamartia Syringe!
Note: Decks of cards will be packaged inside the box in an easy-open premium "gold tab" plastic wrap.
We're bringing you the Antidote: Lab Alliance expansion because people love Antidote and have been asking for more great content. The level of support and excitement for Antidote has really overwhelmed us! There is simply no other feeling like knowing a game you've created is being played and enjoyed by thousands of people around the world!
Reviewers have said some pretty great things about Antidote and Antidote: Lab Alliance too:
Antidote review by Forensic Gameology
Antidote: Lab Alliance preview by the Kwarenteen
Antidote review and Antidote: Lab Alliance preview by Tantrum House
Antidote review by Tom Vasel
Antidote: Lab Alliance review by Game Geek Ninja.
See the Hive State preview video for Lab Alliance here.
Your pledge gets us closer to adding even more great content & upgrades to Antidote: Lab Alliance. Whenever we reach the goals shown below, every copy of the game will come with the corresponding bonus content or upgrade! Tag a friend who might like this project to help us reach the next goal.
Don't have the base game, Antidote? Check out the reward level: Antidote: Lab Alliance + Antidote for a copy of both the base game and the expansion.
Looking for more rewards? Add the amount shown below to your pledge to receive a copy of our companion game, Swamped (shipped shortly after the campaign ends). The amount you "add on" also has the special bonus of helping us reach a higher funding level and more stretch goals!
Is this project "EU Friendly?"
We'll be shipping every reward worldwide from our US based shipping facility. The cost of shipping your reward will be added to your pledge.
For our friends in the European Union (EU): Imported products are sometimes charged a tax (VAT) when they enter the EU. This tax must be paid by the individual importing the good, which in this case would be you, the backer, but low cost products (such as Antidote: Lab Alliance) are often exempt from this tax because they don't meet a minimum threshold. You might consider using this Import Duty and Taxes Calculator to determine if additional taxes are likely for you.
The declared value per copy of Antidote: Lab Alliance will be $9 USD, and the declared value per copy of Antidote (the base game) will be $15 USD.
The mission of Bellwether Games is to produce joy through the games we make and the interactions we share.
Dennis Hoyle launched Bellwether Games in 2011 to promote his award-winning card game Drop Site. In 2014 Bellwether Games teamed up with Jonathan Logan Clark at Lumne to create Antidote: A Game of Deduction, Deception and Mortality. Lumne and Bellwether Games again joined forces in 2015 to create Swamped: a Game of Adventures, Secrets and Deadly Peril. Last year, Bellwether Games ran three successful Kickstarter campaigns for three games: the Princess and the Goblin, Coldwater Crown and Windup War. Antidote: Lab Alliance is the latest joint endeavor between Lumne and Bellwether Games.
We know you are taking a risk when you support a Kickstarter project, that's why we're offering a money back guarantee. Within one month of the receipt of your reward, if you decide it didn't live up to your expectations you can return it to us for a refund of your pledge level!
Risks and challenges
We've successfully fulfilled over 3,800 Kickstarter rewards!
Still, there are risks to any campaign:
-Manufacturing risks: This is an expansion to a product that is already produced, so there is a risk thew new components won't perfectly match the old. We're aware of this risk and plan to work closely with the manufacturing team to get it right.
-Logistical risks: After the games are produced, we'll be shipping them in bulk to our fulfillment facility. Delays and losses are possible during this stage of the process, but we'll keep you updated every step of the way.
-Fulfillment risks: We've fulfilled over 3,800 rewards successfully to backers of other projects, but sometimes things get lost in the mail. We are committed to getting you your reward despite any issues that might be encountered during in transit.
-Product risks: Finally, there is a risk that you may not be happy with the finished work. If this is you, you can return your reward within 4 weeks of receiving it for a full-refund of your pledged amount.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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