Medgunner Board Prep: The Card Game
A while back, David Griffin, the doctor who runs the website https://www.medgunner.com, reached out to us to show us the medical card game he was creating. We thought it was so... Read more
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Nerdcore Medical Webstore
Nerdcore Medical holiday gift ideas.
If you enjoyed our nerdy/medical card game, you probably know others who would enjoy something nerdy/medical too. We have a webstore! Here are some holiday gift ideas:
We also have... Read more
Most people now have their game
Well, most everyone who has received their copy of the game has responded very positively about the game itself, and the art, which is great! But the shipping... Read more
Fulfillment begins! Also... check out our new videos.
I know it's been a long wait, but fulfillment has finally begun. The fine people at TopatoCo are putting together everyone's packages as we speak. Many of you... Read more
Pre-order people Don't Need Surveys
Just a clarification: if you missed the Kickstarter campaign, but made a pre-order after the campaign ended, then you are seeing these updates I post, but you do NOT need... Read more
Surveys sent! (Also, poster glitch fixed)
Sara at MakeThatThing tells me she sent out the surveys. Please fill these out ASAP.
If you already filled out the survey, some of you who get to select posters... Read more
Our Survey is Coming Monday
On Monday we'll be sending out a link via email for our BackerKit surveywhere you give us your address, so we can finally ship you the game! Keep an... Read more
Defenders of Soma is on U.S. soil!
AND LO, the great shipping vessel "Ever Learned" did verily belch its contents onto a New Jersey port, including several pallets of game boxes with the phrase "infectious disease" emblazoned... Read more
I have an actual copy!
The advanced copy of Defenders of Soma has arrived from China. The rest of them are on a boat. I think it looks pretttttttty.
So, again, why are we... Read more
Update: Manufacturing Almost Done
Here's a recent communiqué from China about the manufacturing:
"Yes, the cards have been printed and is in process of round corners. The rule books and game board are finished.... Read more
Black Mold Wants to Play With Us
Some of our most famous antibiotics were discovered by investigating mold. Penicillin, anyone? Well, it seems our project has attracted some wannabees. There is a strain of mold in China... Read more
Virus: An Infectious Card Game
My friend John Coveyou has a very cool game on Kickstarter that ends in 8 hours. Check it out! I got to playtest it earlier this year, it was fun!... Read more
Defenders of Soma Print and Play Available to the Public - $15
The downloadable Print and Play version of Defenders of Soma is now available for $15 at our Gumroad store. It includes full ink and low ink versions of the cards.... Read more
Dummy #2 from China
We received our second dummy from China. This version fixed several issues.
- The box lid edges go all the way down the sides of the box. (The previous one was... Read more
The Box Dummy Arrived from China
DHL dropped off the "dummy" for the Defenders of Soma box and components yesterday, mailed from Shanghai!
I've been waiting for this moment! To get here, first we sent image... Read more
Curative Design: Applying Visual Design to Medical Learning
We've launched a new project in collaboration with the incredible visual designer Eleanor Lutz of tabletop whale. It's called CURATIVE DESIGN. We believe that good design, when applied to learning,... Read more
Update: Files Sent to Printing Press
Hello Defenders of Soma backers! I wanted to let you all know that the files have been sent to the printing press (in China). They'll need to ok the files,... Read more
Final List of Components
Hi everyone! Files have not been sent to the printer quite yet, but we now have our complete list of all the components:
Game Board (folds into 6 sections to... Read more
New Year's Update
Hi everyone, welcome to 2016!
We're in the final phase of design work on the rulebook for Defenders of Soma, but we're not quite finished yet... we've pretty much got... Read more
The Final Hurdle: The Rulebook
We just finished our first round of playtests and got some really detailed, super useful feedback and critiques. Kickstarter is an amazing resource, I'm really impressed. Rulebooks from Kickstarted games... Read more
Playtesters: taking attendance
If you are a playtester or rulebook critic for Defenders of Soma please add a comment to this update so I know who is on board and who I need... Read more
MISSING FILE. Please download the playtest again (sorry!)
Sorry playtesters, I forgot to include the resistance cards PDF. If you already downloaded, you'll have to try again (same link as before):
Time to Playtest! Download the prototype...
When you backed Defenders of Soma you promised to help playtest, so we can continue to improve the game and also catch any errors we may have made. Well, now... Read more
Hope you all had a good Labor Day Weekend! Raul and I have finished our design work and rulebook writing and are just doing some final proofreading before we send... Read more
Winners of the Poster Survey
Thank you everyone who voted for new posters! When we send you the survey next Spring, this will be our complete line of posters you'll be able to choose from:... Read more
Pre-orders now available!
If you missed our Kickstarter campaign or have friends who missed it, try this link to our pre-order page:
Thank you everyone! All 797 of you!
We made our goal and then some! Thank you everyone who pledged. We're really looking forward to completing this project with our usual perfectionist zeal. I'll keep you updated as... Read more
Last push: We're lowering our stretch goals!
Screw it, I really want you all to have the sweet game board that Raul designed for Defenders of Soma. Last push, people! If we can make it to
$45,000... Read more
The Apothecary Healers!
Here are the Apothecary characters we already have art for. If anyone wants a poster based on these characters, let us know when the survey is sent out in a... Read more
The ABC of Edgar Allan Poe
I haven't done any cross-promotion so far this campaign, but I found another Kickstarter project I REALLY LIKE so I wanted to tell you about it! David G. Forés is... Read more
The Lords of Pestilence
Here's our current collection of Lords of Pestilence (the ones that are already finished). When choosing your poster during the post-campaign survey, you can choose any of these as well!... Read more
We can potentially make posters for any or all of our characters. Let us know in the comments which ones you are most interested in! (After the campaign ends, we'll... Read more
Beginner version (NVS Gameplays review!)
One of the things we've been working on is giving first-time gamers a good experience. Learning games without someone there to teach you can be tedious, so what we've... Read more
Designing the World of Soma
I was backing up files today and found some early illustrations from our design process. For those of you who appreciate the endless iterations a game goes through, this is... Read more
Watch the latest Gameplay Video
I created a shortened, occasionally sped-up gameplay video, with commentary, to give people a more concrete idea of what Defenders of Soma is like. A couple caveats:
- This video uses... Read more
Card Design Iteration
What we've been up to...
Just a brief update:
Some backers were suggesting we post a gameplay video, so tonight I'll be shooting a gameplay video! I should be able to edit and post it... Read more
GeekDad Link, take 2
Here's the fixed GeekDad link!
We got our first review! Thank you GeekDad!
I sent a prototype to GeekDad before we launched, and they just posted a review! Gerry, who wrote the review, is a physician married to a pharmacist - so they... Read more
The Microbiologists Weigh In: two thumbs up!
We just got back from the ASM conference, and we were blown away by the positive reception we had! We weren't sure what to expect... there are super classy expensive... Read more
Off to a Great Start!
Wow, off to a great start! Thanks everyone. Almost halfway to our goal already.
Also, we'll be at the American Society for Microbiology Conference in New Orleans this weekend, if... Read more