RobotLab: The Card Game

Created by XYZ Game Labs

A deceptively simple robot-building race for SCIENCE!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

over 1 year ago – Tue, Oct 03, 2017 at 12:59:42 PM

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over 1 year ago – Wed, Sep 27, 2017 at 11:00:02 PM

This is what 437 copies of RobotLab Looks Like

Ok - so 432 of them are in those big brown boxes. 

Today we visited the fulfillment house that will be sending out RobotLab! And are ready to announce: 

Shipping will officially start on October 4th. 

Once the games leave our warehouse here is when you can expect to receive them:
US Backers: 7-10 Business Days  
Canadian Backers: 10-15 Business Days 
International Backers: 20-30 Business Days



We're have a change in plans regarding our local pickup event. Thanks to an overbooking at the venue it turns out that we are forced to push back the RobotLab Launch Party to OCTOBER 10th 2017

Still happening at [toggle] Gaming @ Durty Nellie's in Palatine. Just one week later than planned.

Now, that the date is October 10th: If you want to pick up your game at that event then please send an email to with your Full Name and the Email Address you used for the order by Tuesday October 3rd. 

If you don't let us know by that date then you'll have to wait to get your copy in the mail... So if you're going to be at [toggle] OR just want to start building your robots a few days early: Be sure to let us know by October 3rd.

If you've already requested to pick up your copy in-person on our ORIGINAL DATE we will reach out directly to you to see how you want to proceed.

Progress List Time!


In Progress - Ship Games

over 1 year ago – Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 10:49:46 PM

RobotLab Has Arrived!

This morning our fulfillment partner informed us that they have received our pallets from AdMagic. GREAT SCOTT!

Here's what happens now:

1 - Final Address Updates

We locked down pledges a while back. However, if you have moved since then and you want to update your address you have 48 hours to do so. You should be receiving a message from BackerKit soon instructing you on how to do that and including the address information we currently have on file for you.

2 - Shipping GO!

We will begin shipping within 7-10 days from today! We'll post another update as we get confirmation of the estimated arrival dates once it leaves our warehouse but in general it looks like this:

  • US Backers: 7-10 Business Days
  • Canadian Backers: 10-15 Business Days
  • International Backers: 20-30 Business Days

3 - Local Pickup Event!

If you are in the Chicagoland Area then join us on October 3rd in Palatine for [toggle] Gaming's Tabletop Tuesday at Durty Nellie's! We'll be using that event as our official release party for RobotLab! 

If you want to pick up your game at that event then please send us an email to with your Full Name and the Email Address you used for the order by Friday September 29th.

Next week we'll be going to the warehouse to pick some of the stock (and drop off a bonus that will be included in every box of RobotLab). We'll be sure to post some pictures afterwords.

Progress List Time!

  • COMPLETE - Receive Funds from Kickstarter 
  • COMPLETE - Finalize Card & Art Files  
  • COMPLETE - Finalize Rulebook & Box 
  • COMPLETE - Create Print and Play Version 
  • COMPLETE - Send Backerkit Survey 
  • COMPLETE - Finalize Pledges (May 7th - Don't Forget!) 
  • COMPLETE - Review & Approve Digital Proofs 
  • COMPLETE - Review & Approve Physical Proofs 
  • COMPLETE - Receive Games 
  • In Progress - Ship Games

That's it for this update!

Thanks for your support and GET READY TO BUILD SOME ROBOTS!

- Team RobotLab

over 1 year ago – Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 02:54:23 PM

Update TL;DR

  • GenCon was great. Lots of people played RobotLab. New Projects had great feedback - including the RobotLab Expansions.
  • Shipping will start End of September / Beginning of October. US Backers delivery by Mid-October. International delivery dates TBD.
  • Be on the lookout for a future message that includes information about updating your shipping address / delivery method.
  • If you're a retailer or distributor that is interested in carrying RobotLab for the Holiday / Christmas Season this year: Let us know! We have retail pricing and advance production copies for you to check out. Message us through Kickstarter OR shoot us an email at

Now - On with the show:


GenCon was a HUGE SUCCESS!

The XYZ Game Labs / RobotLab Team!
The XYZ Game Labs / RobotLab Team!

Not only did a bunch of new people get to try out RobotLab in PERSON but the XYZ Game Labs Super Secret Playtest gave us a bunch of important new data about the games we have in development. The RobotLab Expansions need some tweaking but they definitely ratchet up both the strategic depth AND the player interaction. 

Here are some photos from the events!



The Entrance to Super Secret Playtest!
The Entrance to Super Secret Playtest!


Playing RobotLab with the Sabotage and Power Up! expansions
Playing RobotLab with the Sabotage and Power Up! expansions


Playtesting Project Argon (YarnBomb!)
Playtesting Project Argon (YarnBomb!)


More Project Argon (YarnBomb!)
More Project Argon (YarnBomb!)



This is what 20 copies of RobotLab: The Card Game looks like! We received these advanced copies last week and will be using them when talking to distributors and retail. 

Speaking of which: If you or someone you know wants to carry RobotLab just shoot us an email at


That's great - When do I get my copy?

According to our manufacturer we should be receiving the game in Mid-September (sometime between the 15th and the 20th) 

We will start shipping those within 2 weeks from that date. Which means: We're shipping at the end of September / Beginning of October!*

*As long as everything clears customs without any issues and the shipment arrives on time.

For those backers in the US: You should receive your game(s) by mid-October at the latest. 

For those backers in other country: Timing will vary but we will get an estimate for you in a future update.


So, What Happens Now?

If you need to modify your shipping address: In the next two weeks we'll be sending out an update letting you know how to do that.

If you want to pickup in person because you are from Chicagoland: We'll also be releasing details about that in the next update.

If you don't care about either of the items above: Then just sit back and relax. 

That's it for this update. Thanks again and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.



Team RobotLab

RobotLab @ GenCon 50!
over 1 year ago – Sun, Aug 13, 2017 at 10:34:39 PM


If you’re going to GenCon this year, we have some awesome announcements for you!

But first, if you aren't going to GenCon then here is what you'll care about: As mentioned previously our production run has been approved and now we're just awaiting a final delivery date to our warehouse so we can lock in our shipping date to you.

Speaking of locking in dates; there are two items we want you to know about:

  • About two weeks before we start shipping we'll give everyone a chance to update their address just in case you've moved or decide you want it sent somewhere else.
  • If you're local to Chicago, IL; We'll be reaching out to everyone with a Chicagoland address and giving you a chance to get your game a bit earlier than our mass shipping. We'll have a few in-person pickup events happening throughout Chicagoland in October. 


Alright! On to #GenCon50 Updates!


1. RobotLab Preview Events! 

From Thursday to Saturday there will be 6 RobotLab Preview Events! Meaning, you can play the game you backed in person, with Team RobotLab! Here’s the link to purchase tickets. 



On FRIDAY ONLY we will be hosting a very special event: The XYZ Game Labs Super Secret Playtest! At this event we'll be previewing 3 BRAND NEW projects. You folks right here are about to be the FIRST PEOPLE to know what those projects are. But SHHH! They're a secret ;-) Here is a link to get tickets!

XYZ Game Labs: Super Secret Playtest
XYZ Game Labs: Super Secret Playtest


Project Zero - RobotLab Expansions! 

That's right: We're working on two expansions to RobotLab. They are called "Power Up!" and "Sabotage". Here's a preview of a card from each one. 

Power Up! - Assembly Line / Sabotage - Whoops!
Power Up! - Assembly Line / Sabotage - Whoops!


Project Argon - YarnBomb!

This is a new resource management, milestone and trade row game where the goal is to knit the most projects. If you like trade rows, knitting, or competing with other players for the same milestones and resources: Then this game is for you. Here's a preview!

YarnBomb! (Working Title)
YarnBomb! (Working Title)

Project Barium - UNTITLED

This is a new 10 minute strategy based 2-player game. The goal: Be the first to score 5 points. How? Gain advantage on your opponent and then either hit them with a decisive blow OR outlast them! Here's a preview!

Project Barium
Project Barium


3. Find us get FREE STUFF!

We’ll be there in bright orange RobotLab t-shirts! Come find us, talk to us, and grab an exclusive #GenCon50 RobotLab ribbon! Get them before we run out!


Since we love free stuff and we know you do too, follow us on social media for chance to win more free stuff! We’ll be posting social media challenges throughout GenCon for a chance to win a free RobotLab t-shirt. Follow us below! 

Follow Us on Social Media for your chance to win a RobotLab T-Shirt @ GenCon
Follow Us on Social Media for your chance to win a RobotLab T-Shirt @ GenCon