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Build your own lab, conduct experiments and sabotage your competitors! Lab Wars is a new card game with a unique science theme!
Build your own lab, conduct experiments and sabotage your competitors! Lab Wars is a new card game with a unique science theme! Now available to order directly from our website!
Build your own lab, conduct experiments and sabotage your competitors! Lab Wars is a new card game with a unique science theme! Now available to order directly from our website!
1,640 backers pledged £49,246 to help bring this project to life.

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Lab Wars - The science themed card game for 2-4 competitors

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The kickstarter campaign has ended but you can still pre-order it through our website!
The kickstarter campaign has ended but you can still pre-order it through our website!

 

Lab Wars 2-part game box
Lab Wars 2-part game box

 

 

 

What's in the box!
What's in the box!

 Box components

  • 1 two part box made of 128gsm paper stock and 1.5mm cardboard
  • 1 glossy rulebook 128gsm paper stock
  • 137 cards at 300gsm card stock (as above)
  • 50 flask shaped research points from punchboard/cardboard chits
  • 1 legendary scientist meeple as the first player marker - (artwork of Marie Curie coming soon!) - unlocked at £7500 as a stretch goal
  • Cardboard divider to easily separate decks

 

Lab Wars available in French/German/Spanish as an add-on
Lab Wars available in French/German/Spanish as an add-on
  • Backers automatically receive a free Print and Play file of Lab Wars in English/French/German/Spanish for pledges £19 and over
  • Physical versions of German/French/Spanish also available! 
  • Simply pledge for the English version of the game first (£19 or more)
  • Then add an extra £15 for the base game
  • Or £20 for the base game+expansion in your pledge
  • These are limited edition to what is ordered through Kickstarter and our website as a pre-order
  • You will then receive an extra set of (the cards only of) Lab Wars in French/German or Spanish - simply message us to let us know which language you want!
  • Rulebooks will only be sent as PDF files and not with the extra cards
  • The extra cards will be packaged alongside your Kickstarter order!

 

Upgraded components or extras!
Upgraded components or extras!

 

  • Unique academia themed game based on historical events

Lab Wars is a unique card game where you get to recreate the spirit and fun of working in a lab and learn about historical scientific sabotage in the process!

  • Social deduction and city building mechanics

Out-think your competitors by deducing which character they will play each turn and get a bonus for doing so! Play testers repeatedly told us that trying to figure out what characters your competitors would play was the most fun part! We've blended this in neatly with a "city building" mechanic allowing you to build up your lab to ramp up your resource generation each turn in a strategic fashion.

  • Rigorously play tested

The game has been rigorously play tested for nearly a year both between the designers privately but also with friends, work colleagues, other board game designers and blind play testers. We've even put their names below so you can ask for yourself!

  • Educational

We've put flavour texts on most of the cards so you know what the cards you play with do in real life. Each pledge also gets you a free educational PDF detailing the experiments and scientific sabotage behind each card. Having scientific backgrounds as the designers we'll make sure that the scientific information behind the pdf is sound, correct and up to date. 

  • Replay-ability

The game has been made in a way where you can pick it up and have fun each time you play it. This is owing to the multiple strategies you can employ to win the game. 

 

Impact cards
Impact cards

 

Character cards
Character cards

 

Some of the lab item cards
Some of the lab item cards

 

A sample of who reviewed Lab Wars
A sample of who reviewed Lab Wars

 

A sample of who reviewed the game or interviewed us!
A sample of who reviewed the game or interviewed us!

 Reviews: 

 Interviews/Previews:

A preview of the game in the WSJ
A preview of the game in the WSJ

 

Read our interview with Nature News!
Read our interview with Nature News!

 

 

Caezar and Kuly were interviewed by Tracy Vence
Caezar and Kuly were interviewed by Tracy Vence

 

 

             
Caezar gets interviewed by Matt Gunther
Caezar gets interviewed by Matt Gunther

 

 

Caezar and Kuly were interviewed by Retraction Watch
Caezar and Kuly were interviewed by Retraction Watch

 

 

 

Undead Viking review! 

         

 

 

Courtesy of Board Gaming at Home. Official gameplay video to come soon!

 Deluxe (also called Principal Investigator) edition!

£39/$55 for the deluxe edition!
£39/$55 for the deluxe edition!
  • Will NEVER be available for retail purchase
  • Limited to 500 copies
  • MULTIPLES DISCOUNT: Order a 2nd copy for £35 extra, Order 3 copies and get the 2nd and 3rd for £33 each extra. Just add these to your pledge.
  • You have the option of getting it signed by us (and removing the shrink wrap) or not (not getting signed will be the default)
  • If you do want it signed by us, please PM us 
  • Regardless of choice of signature the game will be packaged safely by the shipping company
How far your pledge will go!
How far your pledge will go!

 

 

The mini expansion pack for Lab Wars
The mini expansion pack for Lab Wars

 

Expansion pack for illustrative purposes - Extra cards will be shrink wrapped separately within base game
Expansion pack for illustrative purposes - Extra cards will be shrink wrapped separately within base game

 

What you get with the mini expansion!
What you get with the mini expansion!

 

Legends of science mini expansion pack:

  • Final legendary scientists voted by the backers are: Darwin, Franklin, Mendel, Hodgkin and Fay-McBarnette
  • Will be shrink-wrapped separately to the base game cards. Above box shown for illustrative purposes. You will get the following:
  • 5 extra Legendary character cards. Each player will randomly swap one of their base set non-Professor cards with one legendary character. Each legendary character will give unique bonuses which will be thematic to that character.
  • 6x2 Lab item cards. These will directly relate to the 5 legendary characters.
  • 10 extra Action cards. These will be tales of scientific sabotage that our backers will suggest in polls throughout the campaign.
  • 2 new and different types of Impact cards. Final versions and quantity to be confirmed.

  

SETUP

Initial setup of Lab Wars for two players
Initial setup of Lab Wars for two players

 

Initial setup of Lab Wars
Initial setup of Lab Wars

Players start with 2 pipettes to place in their lab area. They are also given 2 research points, and 3 randomly drawn lab item cards to put in their hand. *The gif above incorrectly deals a pipette and a thermal cycler to two players*

Then everyone does each of the following simultaneously:

  • Ready your lab items for use
  • Take 2 research points and 1 lab item card (skipped for first round)
  • Select and reveal characters
  • Bonus phase - collect bonuses from characters and lab items in your lab area
  • Sabotage phase - players resolve sabotage effects and sabotaging player receives a bonus action card
  • Play any action cards (may be played once per round at any point)

Then individually, each player starting with the player who has the genius token:

  • Conducts experiments with their lab item cards in their lab area
  • Purchases lab item cards from their hand and/or impact cards from the supply area
  • Once finished, in a clockwise fashion, the next player has their turn
  • Once all players have finished their turns, the genius token is passed to the next player and a new round begins

 

Now ready for download!
Now ready for download!

 

Try the game for yourself and/or just see the artwork! Just click the banner above. 

Click here to download the current rulebook
Click here to download the current rulebook

 

Download the rulebook by clicking above. The rulebook is currently in an un-proofed state. Graphics designs will be improved after we (hopefully!) get funded. We will also commission professional proof reading before the final version is sent to the manufacturers.

PLEASE read the following carefully. Firstly, there are some countries/regions which are EXCLUDED from shipping and therefore will not be able to receive Lab Wars.

Countries/Regions which are EXCLUDED from shipping entirely are:

  • Argentina, Brazil, Brunei, Columbia, El Salvador, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iraq, Malaysia, Peru, Puerto Rico, Syria, Taiwan, UAE, Uruguay. - An alternative approach would be to ship the game to a friend from any other country and ask them to ship it to you.
  •  Unfortunately due to high shipping prices and logistical problems, we have been advised not to ship to the these countries. 
  •  Any person who has accidentally backed from the above countries will be asked to cancel their pledge.

We are able to send Lab Wars to all other countries...

FREE SHIPPING ON MOST TIERS TO THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES:

  • USA, UK, CANADA, GERMANY, FRANCE, BELGIUM, LUXEMBOURG AND SPAIN 
  • We have provided the matrix below so you can see which pledge level gives certain shipping rates.
  • There will be NO CUSTOMS CHARGES for any backer.

 Our transparent manufacturing and shipping process:

Our manufacturing and fulfilment companies respectively
Our manufacturing and fulfilment companies respectively
  • The game will be manufactured by Whatz Games. 
  • It will then be locally shipped from Whatz Games' factory to a warehouse in Shanghai port. 
  • Shipping will be conducted by Games Quest from then on. The warehouse at Shanghai port will be of the shipping company's choosing. 
  • The pallets containing the games will then be loaded onto a ship and take 2-3 months to arrive at a port in the UK. At that point the shipping company will conduct all required paperwork and VAT/Import Tax handling. 
  • Once cleared and paid for (by you the backers through the funding!) the pallets will be delivered to a Surrey based warehouse owned by Games Quest to be fulfilled by the company.
  • Games will then be delivered internationally to backers taking 1-4 weeks depending on location. 
  • Doing the manufacturing, shipment and fulfilment this way meant that we could efficiently subsidise the shipping to your door without compromising on quality.

 

 

Risks and challenges

We at Alley Cat Games cannot prevent weather or god-like problems causing unexpected challenges! However, we can promise a few things to you.

Both Caezar and Kuly have day time jobs which require a huge amount of project management skills to run Lab Wars alongside their jobs. Having both done PhDs, (well, Kuly is now doing a second doctorate for good measure) we know what it means to research, conduct and deliver a project. As you will have read above Caezar is a post-doctoral fellow at Cambridge University, while Kuly is a final year Clinical Psychology trainee. Excellence and delivery is required in our jobs and we have transferred these skills when creating Lab Wars.

This is our first Kickstarter project, however, we have spent a HUGE amount of time researching the logistics of delivering the game. This is on top of the weeks of hours worth of play-testing and designing of the game itself.

To ensure maximum benefit to you our backers we wanted to work with excellent partners in the industry who have been tested and internationally renowned. To that end the manufacturing of Lab Wars will be handled by Whatz Games who are experts in game manufacturing and have created 100s of games in the industry including games like King of Tokyo and the Valeria series. We have already agreed the components, upgrade costs and delivery costs with them. They are just waiting for our signature once (we hope!) the project gets funded.

The delivery will be shipped from Whatz Games to our fulfilment company GamesQuest, based in the UK. Again, we chose them for quality over price due to their expertise and knowledge in delivering products worldwide at fair prices. GamesQuest is an hour away physically from our house, so we can check everything thoroughly and potentially add extra items based on the stretch goals.

Rest assured the product will be delivered to you with excellent quality, and we hope more importantly fun!

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    Higher quality cards
    Plastic insert
    + Signed by us the creators (optional but without shrink wrap)
    + An extra legendary meeple!
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    RECEIVE ALL OF THE ABOVE

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    (Must give us photo/details no later than 1 week after campaign ends. You will have artistic input in how the card will come across but we have final say).
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    1 Copy of Lab Wars
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    + Pick which one of the action cards YOUR FACE will feature on from the Legends of Science expansion pack or 2 remaining base game action cards!
    (Must give us photo/details no later than 1 week after campaign ends. You will have artistic input in how the card will come across but we have final say).
    + Add £14 to include the Deluxe version
    - May not be purchased if you purchased Professor Tier previously
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    - EXCLUDING: a choice of customising an action card
    + INCLUDES: Our illustrator will draw you and 4 other buddies in your own copy of the game as the characters! (Must provide images or details no later than 1 week after the campaign ends).
    - Your personalised characters will be manufactured and shipped by another company based in the USA.
    + FREE international shipping and customs to US/Canada or £4 shipping to EU, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

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