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A board game taking place inside a human cell! Players compete to build enzymes, hormones and receptors and fend off attacking Viruses!
A board game taking place inside a human cell! Players compete to build enzymes, hormones and receptors and fend off attacking Viruses!
6,650 backers pledged $389,357 to help bring this project to life.

Help Me Write Some Biology Content, Stretch Goals, and Group Pledges

Posted by John Coveyou (Genius Games) (Creator)

Hello Cytosis backers!

Help us write "The Biology Behind Cytosis" content? 

Many of you have mentioned that you'd like to have an explanation of the biology behind Cytosis available... and I think that is an AWESOME plan. Every time I've taught the game to non-science players in the past, they say gameplay made even more sense (and was so much more enjoyable) when I explained the science as well. This way they knew WHY they were doing what they were doing!

The only issue, is that I am almost completely maxed out of bandwith with what's currently on my plate. But I know many of you would love to help with this! So...

If you've got a strong background in biology, love explaining complexities in a way that someone unfamiliar with biology could understand, and would be interested in volunteering to help me write a page or two of science explanatory content for the rulebook, please shoot me an email at with the subject line "Cytosis Biology Explanations - [Your Name]" and we can start discussing! And if you're a graphic designer and want help lay it out, even better :-) 

If it looks like we can make progress on this very quickly, we will make this our next Stretch Goal. Which leads me to... Stretch Goals!!!

Stretch Goals

Boy, oh, boy are you keeping me busy!! Hahah. Since the update two days ago, we've passed yet another stretch goal - $180K! Getting so close to the Flask shaped meeples upgrade at $200K. 


I am looking into upgraded dice as future stretch goal!!! And I am super excited about the prospect but I am also trying not to get my hopes up... Bc who knows how much it will cost. I'll keep everyone posted. 

Group Pledge Levels

Many of you have asked if you can back for a gaming group, or group of people and ship a single package to save on shipping. 

YES, we can definitely do this but the restriction is that it has to be in sets of 6 games, because that a full case, and we can pass the saving on to you. Shoot me an email at and we can discuss!!

Overflowing with appreciation,


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    1. James V. Kohl on

      Here's the problem I have with providing scientific content for the rulebook.
      Excerpt: In the context of the game “Cytosis,” Kohl’s Laws link the epigenetic effects of food odors and pheromones to changes in the mitochondria of all cell types. The energy-dependent changes in the mitochondria are linked to healthy longevity.

      If the epigenetic effects of food odors and pheromones did not clearly link cytosis to healthy longevity, we would be left with only the link from virus-driven energy theft to all pathology. The explanation for all pathology involves more complexity than most people are willing to examine even when it is placed into the context of a book for a general, albeit educated, target audience.
      If you do not already know that every aspect of cytosis is nutrient energy-dependent, you are not likely to believe that it is pheromone-controlled in species from microbes to humans. At what point should serious scientists stop trying to tell you about cytosis because you believe in mutation-driven evolution?

    2. Karl Hedstrom

      Does the $200,000 Stretch Goal for flask shaped meeples replace the five player pieces?

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      David Bartholomew on

      I really like the idea of scientific content in the rulebook. I'd like suggest that it be kept to things that satisfy the scientific method - observable and verifiable through experimentation. No unverifiable theories for me please :-) Just facts on what the various parts of the cell are and how they work would be great in my opinion.

    4. James V. Kohl on

      Kohl's Laws of Biology may help. See: Nutrient-dependent pheromone-controlled ecological adaptations: from atoms to ecosystems

      My comment: Kohl's Laws of Biology

      "Life is nutrient-dependent. That is a Biological Law. The ecological origin of all biological laws is apparent 1) in the context of systems biology [91]; 2) in the context of the metabolism of nutrients by microbes [157]; and 3) in the context of how the metabolism of nutrients results in species-specific pheromones that control the physiology of reproduction [158]. Taken together, the systems biology of nutrient metabolism to species-specific pheromones, which control the physiology of reproduction, can be expressed in a summary of Kohl's Laws of Biology: 1) Life is nutrient-dependent. See for review [2, 31]. The physiology of reproduction is pheromone-controlled. See for review [30]. In the context of nutrient-dependent epigenetically-effected human reproduction, it is clearer that the epigenetic effects of human pheromones integrate neuroendocrinology and behavior [104], which includes the neuroendocrinology of mammalian behavior associated with the development of sexual preferences [159].

      Kohl's Laws help to explain what was missing from Darwin's 'conditions of life.' Darwin knew nothing about genetics, which means he knew nothing about the epigenetic effects of food odors or pheromones. For contrast, the following representation of cause and effect acknowledges what is known today"

      The epigenetic effect of food odors and pheromones clearly must link cytosis to healthy longevity or we would be left with only the link from virus-driven energy theft to all pathology.

    5. James Duffy

      I think that's a great idea, much like Xtronaut has in their rulebook.

    6. Sarita Menon on

      If I was not drowning in my own campaign right now, I would have LOVED to help with the write-up! If you have someone write it up and need another pair of biologist's eyes to take a look than I am your girl.

    7. Nathan Morse

      I love that you are asking for help from this keenly interested target audience. Well done!