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A fast-paced strategic deck-building card game featuring deadly snails and developed with the American Museum of Natural History.
A fast-paced strategic deck-building card game featuring deadly snails and developed with the American Museum of Natural History.
263 backers pledged $25,046 to help bring this project to life.

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The Background

Did you know there are marine snails with venom powerful enough to kill a 200 lb human in minutes? It's true! Yet in a surprising twist of nature, deadly venom toxins can become life-saving drugs... but only if you discover the correct combination!

Can you tell who is winning so far?
Can you tell who is winning so far?

In this deck-building strategy game, you play a scientist on a mission to discover new deadly venom peptide combinations or cabals. 

The box with some peptide chips
The box with some peptide chips

You must build a team of venomous marine snails, feed them prey, and collect the deadly peptides cabals you need.

Getting set up on a Saturday night
Getting set up on a Saturday night

To Win

You’ll need to balance feeding and protecting your valuable research snails while building a deck that can attack your opponents with predators, spawn marine events such as tsunamis, and conduct research to find the winning cabal combination before your competitors receive all the glory!

Competitive scientists at play!
Competitive scientists at play!

Plan your Strategy

What information are you willing to share by publishing or keep secret through research? Will you cultivate your own snails, or attack the snails of the competition? Find out in Killer Snails: Assassins of the Sea.

The contents of the beautiful box!
The contents of the beautiful box!

The Team

This scientifically accurate deck-building strategy card game was developed by world-renowned marine biochemist, Dr. Mandë Holford; award-winning educational psychologist, Dr. Lindsay Portnoy; and internationally known game designer Nicholas Fortugno of Playmatics, and produced by Jessica Ochoa Hendrix, in collaboration with the Education Department of the American Museum of Natural History.

The art in the snail shells were all created using photos of shells from the American Museum of Natural History's beautiful collection.
The art in the snail shells were all created using photos of shells from the American Museum of Natural History's beautiful collection.

Killer Snails: Assassins of the Sea has been prototyped and playtested across the United States, England and Spain, and the full art and design are complete.

A sample of the cards.
A sample of the cards.

During game play, you may learn about the biochemistry of killer snails and other details of marine exploration and the scientific method, but you may not notice during this action-filled game. This game is recommended for ages 12 and up.

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STRETCH GOAL!

If we reach $15,000, every donor new and prior who gives at the $25 level or above will receive a 3D printed Killer Snail from Dr. Mandë Holford's laboratory! (Note: no venom used in the 3D printing mixture- totally safe!)

This is a real Killer Snail shell from AMNH's collection photographed by D. Finnin. You will receive a 3D printed version; not this one!
This is a real Killer Snail shell from AMNH's collection photographed by D. Finnin. You will receive a 3D printed version; not this one!

Funds raised

The funds we raise during this campaign will be used to cover the cost of a full production run and shipping for the game.  

Learn how to set up and play the game here:

Risks and challenges

All the art, rules and assets of the game are complete and have been printed for play testing so we don't foresee any significant risks or challenges beyond normal delays in shipping and transportation.

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    You will receive our profuse gratitude and a postcard featuring a venomous marine snail!

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    You will receive one of our very first games! Killer Snails: Assassins of the Sea will be shipped to your door for your enjoyment.

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    At this level, you receive two copies of the game, a set of venomous marine snail stickers and a post card! Your friends will all want to come over and play!.

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    At this level, you receive two boxes of the card game, a set of venomous marine snail stickers, a post card and a beautiful map showing where the venomous marine snails can be found! Confidently swim where no killer snails can be found!

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    Receive all of the awards above AND your own actual venomous marine snail shell personally collected from the ocean by Dr. Mandë Holford! Terrify your friends and family while dreaming of the power that lived within that shell. Note: snail is deceased; otherwise we couldn't mail it. And you wouldn't want to receive it.

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    Super Star! You receive 4 boxes of the card game, the beautiful world map, the stickers and post card AND a personal 2 hour guided tour of the secret areas within the American Museum of Natural History with Dr. Holford for you and three of your friends. With Dr. Holford, you may visit areas of the museum not generally accessible to the public. Please note, this does NOT include travel or accommodations.

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    Super Star! You receive 4 boxes of the card game, the beautiful world map, the stickers and post card AND a personal 2 hour guided tour of the secret areas within the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco with Dr. Lauren Esposito, scorpion expert, for you and three of your friends. With Dr. Esposito, you may visit areas of the museum not generally accessible to the public. Please note, this does NOT include travel or accommodations.

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    Super Star! You receive 4 boxes of the card game, the beautiful world map, the stickers and post card AND a personal 2 hour guided tour of the secret areas within the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris, France with Dr. Nicolas Puillandre for you and three of your friends. With Dr. Puillandre, you may visit areas of the museum not generally accessible to the public. Please note, this does NOT include travel or accommodations.

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