ABOUT THE GAME:
WHO’S MAKING IT?
Liam McIntyre, an actor you may or may not know from Spartacus and The Flash. He can grow a pretty decent beard, and loves board, card and video games of all kinds.
Cris Olansamuelle is a highly talented artist from Spain. If that’s not enough (right?) she made the incredible comic strip ‘Draw Them All’ and is a little shorter than what you’re currently guessing.
WHY MONSTER LAB? Monster Lab was a crazy idea dreamed up by Liam when he was at a convention. He’s thought up about 100 card games since that fateful day, but he really got excited about this one.
His wife’s family played a card game about drawing cards from a deck until you had as close to 31 in the same suit. It’s great, we’ll tell you about it one day. From that he liked the three things in the same suit stuff. Erin liked Penguins. So he decided to make a game about weaponized Penguins made up of three parts – a top, a middle and a bottom – that were different sizes and points, you collected these parts and they needed to fit together to make a whole penguin. Stuff like that. Then he thought…really…penguins? And then he thought – MONSTERS! And here we are. from there a bunch of rules were added to make other players lives unbearable, and to make the cards funnier. But if people REALLY want the Penguin game (don’t worry, they were cute Penguins with bazookas and stuff), we can talk about stretch goals and spins offs. No problem.
After 1000’s of games of Hearthstone, Hundreds of games of Munchkin and years of being a nerd, Liam’s finally found his passion project, and its name is Monster Lab. With your help, hopefully it can take pride of place in your cupboard, on top of the other games you own cause it’s more fun than them. A boy can dream.
Oh, and thanks to the wonderful Cris Olansamuelle, it’s now going to look incredible. Instead of kind of crap. So frankly everyone is happy.
WHAT IS IT?
The Basics: Build monsters and use them attack your opponents Labs in order to collect valuable specimens to win the game. Wreak havoc on your opponents with powerful actions and item cards while avoiding the monster hunters that keep reappearing and trying to destroy your Lab. The first Lab to collect 5 Monsters wins! Or claim victory by destroying all your mad scientist rivals and be the last Lab standing!
Created by Liam McIntyre (from TVs Spartacus and The Flash) and illustrated by Cris Olansamuelle (Draw Them All), Monster Lab is a card game about channeling your inner Mad Scientist to create incredible, wild and crazy creatures out of Spare Parts, and use them to battle your way past rival Labs to victory. It’s part Munchkin, part Exploding Kittens and part Epic Spell Wars, but with a Madcap Monster Method all of its own. It’s perfect for 2-6 players, and each game lasts about an hour.
To play, you draw cards to collect Spare Parts that you then fit together to make one of thousands of weird and wonderful Monster combinations that help you protect your Lab and battle your rivals. You can also draw Lab Cards that give you special bonuses like the Pig O’ Nine Tails, a Bat to the Face or a Shiny Monster Butt that help you and hurt your opponents. You attack your Rivals to steal their Monsters and destroy their Defenses, while trying to protect your Lab to make sure you don’t get Run Out Of Town (and out of the game) by Monster hating Monster Hunters hiding in the deck or your opponents out for revenge. The game keeps heating up Monster Hunters keep returning to the deck, so the longer you play, the more they’ll appear and the more damage they’ll do.
We think the combination of trying to build up your army of Monsters, whilst trying to avoid destruction from both Monster Hunters and your Rivals creates an exciting balance between attack and defense, while the huge range of special Lab Card abilities allows you to stay in the game and cause an upset no matter how far behind you think you are. This makes each game of Monster Lab tense and fun, and always different from the last. Add to that our personal favorite – the almost endless combinations of funny and fearsome Monsters you can make and we think you’ll find it’s a blast for adults and kids alike.
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