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Lab Partners is a fast-paced card game where players compete to create new chemical compounds and mixtures. 

Combining a hint of deck-building with a splash of risk-taking, Lab Partners adds an element of tension as each roll of the dice could result in a brand new invention or the destruction of your entire experiment.  Check out the full rules here.

Look at that stuff!
Look at that stuff!

Each round, players take turn drawing new Chemical cards and attempt to create new Chemical Compounds by combining one of each Chemical card type - a Stabilizer, a Reagent, and a Catalyst. 

Each Chemical card type has a point value, and when combined, those values become the minimum dice roll needed for a successful creation.  (The more powerful your Chemical Compound, the more difficult the roll! Or you could just play it safe and go for the easy combinations!)

Hurray for Science! (The Loud House)
Hurray for Science! (The Loud House)

 Roll poorly? Your turn is over, and you'll have to try again next time.

Oh noes!
Oh noes!

Once you have created at least two Chemical Compounds, you can attempt to combine them to create a Mixture.  (And Mixtures are used to score Product cards!)

Roll one die for each Compound added to your new Mixture.  If the dice roll result falls between the range specified on the target Product, then you win the points and potentially gain a new ability.

Not that lever! (Emperor's New Groove)
Not that lever! (Emperor's New Groove)

Roll too low? Your Mixture just wasn't strong enough, and you can try again next turn.  Roll too high? Your Mixture was way too volatile, and it blows up in your face.

But beware, if you are too good at your job, you may attract competition. Other plays can sabotage your hard work without warning, sacrificing their own Chemical cards or even Compounds to increase the difficulty of your rolls. If you succeed, you gain their points in addition to your own.  But... if you fail?

oops...
oops...

So, to review:

Successfully making mixtures = points!
Successfully making mixtures = points!

First scientist to 40 points wins the game, and the coveted promotion to Junior Assistant Scientist.

Watch the creators play the game to get an idea for how the game plays!

STRETCH GOALS

I warned you guys - we're going to be really honest.  Probably too honest.  This is our first Kickstarter campaign, and while we've put together a team of really amazing people (from artists to designers to business managers) and we are confident in our ability to deliver an amazing (COMPLETED) game... this is still our first Kickstarter campaign.

We have some ideas of what we'd like to see for stretch goals, but our vision is to involve our backers with what means the most to them.  

Personally, I'd love a themed expansion or bonus cards, but maybe you care more about fancier cards or custom dice?  Let us know!  We're all in this together.  

Risks and challenges

This is our first game, but we've had the pleasure of getting to know several popular Kickstarter creators to learn what methods worked (and didn't work for them).

As a result, we've set up relationships with partners that have come highly recommended to us for both manufacturing and fulfillment. Lab Partners is a completed game that's been play-tested by friends, family, and strangers. We have a close relationship with an artist who is working to finish the art as we speak. We will also be working with AdMagic to print our games - we loved their quick communication and the fact they had a US-based location.

Once the Kickstarter ends, we will be kicking off the manufacturing process and sending transparent (maybe too honest) updates on what's happening.

As a team who have backed dozens of Kickstarters collectively, we know the disappointment when a project you believe in doesn't deliver, and we promise to honor your belief in us.

We are so happy to answer any questions you may have!

Check us out on Kicktraq: http://www.kicktraq.com/projects/toptier/lab-partners-a-card-game-for-your-inner-mad-scient/

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