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RobotLab: The Card Game

Created by XYZ Game Labs

RobotLab: The Card Game
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475 backers pledged $13,321.14 on Kickstarter

A deceptively simple robot-building race for SCIENCE!

Raised in Kickstarter
$13,321.14 / 475 backers
Raised in BackerKit
$587.00 / 445 backers
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RobotLab: The Card Game
This is the game! You get one physical copy of the game.
$15.00
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RobotLab Retail 6-Pack
US ONLY - 6 copies of the game
$70.00
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Robot Head Sticker
US ONLY - Die-cut Robot Head sticker (3.5"x4")
$2.00
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RobotLab: The Card Game - Donated Copy
Purchasing this add-on will donate a copy of the game to one of our charitable partners. Cur... more »
$15.00
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Dig In The Trash Print
US ONLY - 11"x17" art print of the Dig In The Trash Action Card
$10.00
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Error Print
US ONLY - 11"x17" art print of the ERROR Action Card
$10.00
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Mad Scientist Print
US ONLY - 11"x17" art print of the Mad Scientist - The Kickstarter Exclusive Action Card
$10.00
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Devol Institute Print
US ONLY - 11"x17" art print of the Devol Institute
$10.00
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Full Set of all Art Prints
US ONLY - Full set of all four art prints: - Mad Scientist - Error - Devol Institute ... more »
$30.00

Learn About Our Project:

Do you love card games, science or ROBOTS? 

If you answered yes to any of those then you’ll love RobotLab!

RobotLab is a STEM-inspired, color-matching, robot-building card game. It’s made for 2-5 players, takes just a few minutes to learn, 15 minutes to play and is for ages 6 and up.

Devol Institute (aka Robot Lab!)
Devol Institute (aka Robot Lab!)

In RobotLab, you’re a scientist racing to build your robot and win the coveted Devol Prize in Robotics! Along the way you'll need to do some research, dig through the trash, deal with some faulty parts, and do your best to avoid the other scientists trying to stop you. Will you become the first to successfully complete your robot? Let’s get in the lab and find out! 

RobotLab takes its game inspiration from board building games like Settlers of Catan, deck building games like Star Realms, and semi-competitive party games like Exploding Kittens. It’s designed to be simple enough to learn in just a few minutes, yet complex enough for advanced gamers to enjoy.

Why is RobotLab Awesome? 

  • Focused on Playing - We focused RobotLab's gameplay on the two best parts of card games: playing cards & drawing cards. In RobotLab the right move is usually playing your cards, not passing your turn. 
  • Scalable Gameplay - RobotLab is designed for players as young as 6 with enough strategic depth that it’s still fun & exciting for experienced tabletop gamers. You can start playing it with your kids when they are learning to read and understand games, and still be playing it with them when they’re old enough to beat you easily. 
  • Deceptively Simple - There’s one goal in RobotLab: build your robot first! While you’re doing that your opponent has plenty of options to try and stop you. Anything from sneaking into your workshop and installing the wrong parts on your robot, to causing your robot to malfunction is fair game. However, with a little research, you can pull ahead.

 

What's in the Game:

 

Don't take our word for it, here's what other people had to say!

 

 

 

Unfiltered Gamer Review:

 

BoardGameCloset Review: 

 

[toggle gaming] - playtest reactions:

 

Review & Gameplay from LuckyPennyShop.com:

  

Ok, How do you play?

We're glad you asked!

Goal: Be the first to build a robot of one color. You’ll need One Head, Two Arms, and Two Legs

Card Types

These parts are how you'll build your Robot. There are 5 colors and 3 part types: heads, arms, and legs!
These parts are how you'll build your Robot. There are 5 colors and 3 part types: heads, arms, and legs!

 

These are cards that let you do things like look at extra cards or sabotage your opponent.
These are cards that let you do things like look at extra cards or sabotage your opponent.

 Rules

  • Build - You can do ONE thing - Either play a Part or play an Action card. That’s it! Just play one - it’s that simple. 
  • Discard - You can discard as many cards as you want from your hand as long as they are all the same color. You can also get rid of any action cards you don’t want to keep. 
  • Draw - You end your turn by drawing cards! Simply draw enough cards to have 5 cards in your hand, and your turn is done.
These are Bonus Actions. They can be played at any time - even during your opponent's turn
These are Bonus Actions. They can be played at any time - even during your opponent's turn

Outwit your fellow scientists, find the right parts and you'll be on your way to winning the accolades of the robotics community and the world!

2-player game demo video: 

  

THE REWARDS

We really want RobotLab to be a success. We want to deliver on time and within budget, and we also want to get this game to as many people as possible. Our rewards tiers are designed with the top priority being to get you a complete game.

 

$1 - Supporter

Love robots and just want to give us some support and help ensure that everyone else gets the game? WELL AREN'T YOU AWESOME! As a Thank You we will include your name on our supporters list that ships with the game and send you a virtual robot high-five! 

 

$5 - Researcher (Print & Play)

Love robots but prefer to print the game yourself? Well here ya go! As a bonus, your $5 contribution will still help ensure that other people get the game. GO YOU! And as a Thank You we will include your name on our supporters list that ships with the game and send you a virtual robot high-five!

 

$15 - Inventor (Physical Copy)

You know how I know that you love robots? BECAUSE YOU BOUGHT THE GAME! This is the game! You get one physical copy of the game. That's 85 cards made up of Robot Parts, Action Cards and Robot Bodies printed on sturdy 300 GSM card stock (to make sure it lasts through lots and lots of play throughs). 

HAVE FUN BUILDING ALL THE ROBOTS! 

And as a Thank You we will include your name on our supporters list that ships with the game and send you a virtual robot high-five! 

(P.S. You can also get additional copies for $15 each if you'd like - just add it to your pledge.)

 

$30 - Philanthropist (Get One, Donate One)

You get the game and so does someone else! With this tier we'll send you one copy of RobotLab: The Card Game and we'll donate a copy of the game to one of our charitable partners. 

Current partners: Chicago Public LibraryLurie's Hospital for ChildrenAdvocate Children's HospitalExtra Life & The Night Ministry

If your organization would like to receive donated copies of RobotLab - Please let us know.

HAVE FUN BUILDING ALL THE ROBOTS *AND* FEEL GOOD KNOWING THAT SOMEWHERE, SOMEONE ELSE IS ALSO BUILDING ROBOTS BECAUSE OF YOU! 

And as a Thank You we will include your name on our supporters list that ships with the game and send you a virtual robot high-five! 

(P.S. You can also get additional copies for yourself or to donate to our charity partners for $15 each if you'd like - just add the appropriate amount to your pledge and we'll get the details sorted with you after the campaign is over.)

 

SHIPPING

For reward tiers with physical delivery, shipping costs to various areas are as follows:

US: $5
Canada: $10
International: $15

For our European Union backers: This project will ship from within the EU with no additional customs charges and VAT is included in the shipping cost.

 

STRETCH GOALS

Phew. Well if all that wasn't enough for you - don't fret! We do indeed have stretch goals! HERE THEY ARE!

 

 

So, you might be wondering... That Mad Scientist card; what does THAT do?

Having trouble finishing your robot? Stuck on a tough problem and don't know what to do next? Then bring in Devol Institute's resident scientist to help ya out.

But, be warned: He's spent way to many hours tweaking samoflanges, mixing pre-framulated amulite and adjusting roto-hydrators. So, he's a little off his rocker...

 

We reached our first Stretch Goal so we have added ONE copy of Mad Scientist to every deck of RobotLab. (We'll also make him part of the print-and-play reward.)

Goal #1 - COMPLETE - 125% Funded: Mad Scientist Promo Card 

Our other two stretch goals result in a higher quality product for you. Since both of them add cost to our production; the goals are a bit higher.

Goal #2 - COMPLETE - 3 Challenges Completed: Upgraded card stock from a Gloss Finish 270 GSM White Core to a super nice Linen Finish 300 GSM White Core. 

Goal #3 - 150% Funded: Upgraded packaging from a simple tuck box to a super sturdy, laminated, two-part, chipboard box.

 

STRETCH GOAL CHALLENGES

With 9 days left in the campaign we unveiled 9 challenges that our fans can complete. For every three challenges completed we'll unlock one of our stretch goals.

These stack! So, now that we hit our funding level for Mad Scientist and at least 3 challenges are completed: Two Stretch Goals are unlocked. Just 3 more Challenges or $13,500 in total funding and ALL STRETCH GOALS will be unlocked!

  

3 Down!
3 Down!

The first 4 are all about how many fans we can get to follow us on various platforms - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and BoardGameGeek. 

The next 5 are all activities that you'll need to document and post on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts. 

Just be sure to tag us by using #RobotLabCG so we are sure to see what awesome thing you did.

Here's the Full List of Challenges:

Social Challenges:

Activity Challenges:

  • COMPLETE! 5 Robot Selfies (That's a selfie of you with a robot)
  • COMPLETE! 5 Robot Drawings (That's original drawings made by you - not just ANY robot drawing)
  • 3 Videos of fans doing the Robot (Ya know, the dance...)
  • 3 Videos of fans signing "Mr Roboto"
  • 3 Videos of fans impersonating a famous robot (Do your best Wall-E, Johnny 5, C-3PO, Terminator, etc...)

REMEMBER: Tag your Photos and Videos with #RobotLabCG

 

SHARE ROBOTS!

Just high five one of these robots and they'll connect ya to our social stuff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  
 

 

Why are we doing this? 

We love games and robots! Also, we think tabletop gaming is important to the world. It provides a great excuse to put down your phone, turn off the TV, and gather around a table with friends and family. 

This Kickstarter not only helps make RobotLab a reality, but also jumpstarts our game company, XYZ Game Labs. Our mission is to make tabletop gaming accessible to more people. We want to design and publish entry-level games that are also enjoyable for experienced gamers. With our first game, we set out to make a high quality, simple to learn, super fun game that was great for kids and adults. We think RobotLab is that game. 

We're using Kickstarter to get our game launched for 3 reasons:

Validation: We believe that both Robots and this game are awesome. However, our opinion about that matters a lot less than yours. If you believe those things too, then back us and help us bring this game to life.

Exposure: In order to make tabletop gaming accessible to more people we have to do more than just design a super fun, adorable, easy to play but hard to master game - We also have to get into as many hands as possible. Kickstarter is a way for us to get exposure for the game and reach a large market.

Quality: My dad used to say to me: "Don't half-ass it son." Well, he was right. If you're going to do something: DO IT RIGHT. We've crunched the numbers, talked to production vendors and fulfillment houses, we've worked with exceptionally talented artists and consulted every game maker and industry expert that would return our phone calls. We've done everything we can to make this game look, feel, and play awesome. All of that does come at a price. It just so happens that price is the same as our Kickstarter Goal! 

So back us and help us bring RobotLab: The Card Game to life!

 

Hungry for more? Here's a few interviews with Team RobotLab:

Interview with Fox6 News @ Midwinter Gaming Convention:

 

Interview with Game Centric TV: