Unlike that nightmare we keep having, our campaign has finally come to an end. We want to thank you all for making this experience unforgettable. Please, visit our website for continuous updates, including Side Effects expansion packs and brand new games: pillboxgames.com
Get revenge. Gang up on the strong. Protect the weak. Make deals and break them. Enjoy the thrill of giving your friend Impotence!
First, each player gets 4 Disease cards face up. This is your Psyche.
You’re an impotent, anxious individual with a gambling addiction and the occasional thought of suicide.
You start with a hand of 4 cards and pick up two more each turn.
Oh boy! You got a drug for anxiety; you can take that lorazepam and start chilling out again.
But just as you thought you were getting all better, lorazepam is a cruel lady, she opens you up to 3 more diseases. Lucky for you, you’re already suffering from suicidal thoughts, so the only side effects that can affect you are depression and madness.
Now, it’s your opponent’s turn, and he noticed your list of side effects and added depression to your Psyche. Maybe you can use your Therapy card to treat your depression—just beware, Therapy doesn’t prevent you from getting it again. #Relapse
You could have treated that depression with a depression drug, but that, too, contains side effects.
Be the first to treat all the diseases in your Psyche and win! Check out this playthrough to see the game in action...
Wow, what a sweet box! That’s what all your friends and doctors will be saying when they get a look at your premium edition, wooden, Side Effects box. Each box is crafted by Marc Charisse with original artwork by Ben Bronstein. They’re made in America, and unfortunately shipping these outside the country is prohibitively expensive—so as of right now, these are only available in the USA.
Jade Shames came up with the initial idea and basic mechanics for the game. You can read about his personal experiences with mental illness and his reasoning for making a game featuring this topic in his essay "This Is Why I Created a Card Game About Mental Illness", published on Thought Catalog.
Our motto is beautifully designed, slightly offensive. We specialize in making “playable art” with a sense of humor. Side Effects is the first game for Pillbox Games. We’re 4 Brooklynites (yes, more hipsters making games—we’re [ironically] sorry) dedicated to turning our motto into a successful independent game company.
We have more games in the works, including a Side Effects expansion pack (hint: NSFW), a global warming profiteering game, and Mud, a game lampooning the US presidential election process.
With this successful Kickstarter, we hope to have the support and backing to continue making more games. Kickstarter does not allow us to donate any of these profits to charity, but our ultimate aim is to support local organizations that speak to the themes of each game we create. Side Effects efforts will support mental health, our global warming game will go toward environmental charities, and so on.
Jen Igartua is unlikely to understand cultural references from the 90's due to the fact that she still super Spanish. Her daytime hustle is to operationalize businesses, her night time hustle we can't talk about here. She's really into overcooked, she likes this game, too, I guess.
Jade Shames is a writer and musician. In 2011, he received a creative writing scholarship to attend The New School, where he received his MFA in 2013. In 2016, he wrote himself into the X-Files expanded universe with the story Give Up the Ghost, published in X-Files: Secret Agendas. He lives in Brooklyn and enjoys a good card game.
Kat Thek is a writer, artist, and detective. Her work has been featured on NPR, CNN, Vice, and Playboy. She received her MA from Brooklyn College in 2013 but still tried to get this Kickstarter featured in Harvard's alumni newsletter. She is always down to play a game.
Ben Bronstein is an illustrator and designer living in Brooklyn. He graduated from RISD in 2009 with a degree in illustration. He works in the advertising industry and works for a wide range of clientele, from exhibition design to editorial illustration. This is his first game.
Here's what our fans are saying about Side Effects...
Risks and challenges
This is our first game and if we don’t get the support we need from this Kickstarter, it could be our last. That would be beyond tragic, and not just because of all of the hours upon hours of work we’ve put into this over the past year, but because people love playing this game.
We've done the leg work. We've worked with various producers to make sure our cards are high quality and up to our standards. If all goes well (fingers crossed) we can continue to provide you games with the same level of enjoyment, quality, and humor as Side Effects.
Shipping and fulfillment is the most stressful and highest risk part of this campaign. We have decided to focus on our efforts in delivering in North America and Europe in the most affordable way possible. Unfortunately for those outside of these countries, the shipping may be very expensive. We'll be doing our best, but do reach out with questions, we're happy to look up shipping for your address before you purchase.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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