ImmunoWars: the Dutch-made card game that’s making infections fun

As we slowly begin seeing the start of a post-pandemic world (knock on wooden), phrases equivalent to ‘infections’, ‘vaccines,’ and sure — even ‘coronavirus,’ could be made entertaining. 

Not fairly satisfied? That’s since you haven’t performed ImmunoWars but! We sat down with the cardboard recreation’s builders, Rafael Jezior and Dennis de Beeld to seek out out what impressed a recreation the place you can provide your folks illnesses, and what makes the sport stuffed with completely infectious enjoyable. 

Introducing your new favorite recreation

ImmunoWars is a enjoyable, satirical, and but tasteful recreation. It’s all about biowarfare and infectious illnesses, so pull out your mad-scientist goggles as a result of we’re going to unfold some viruses — (and wholesome doses of darkish humour).

Whereas the cardboard recreation is all about technique (and killing off your folks to win), it’s additionally tremendous accessible. It’s straightforward to study and can shortly develop into a brand new party-game favorite — so say goodbye to Playing cards Towards Humanity 👋. On the identical time, the 100 distinctive playing cards assure that each recreation shall be completely different and thrilling.

“In a single recreation I’ve recovered from COVID, HIV, and Ebola solely to die by stubbing my toe,” laughs Dennis. 

All enjoyable and video games, proper?

Naturally, however that’s not all. Whereas ImmunoWars is filled with darkish jokes and sick puns, it additionally comes armed with scientific analysis.  

Particularly, every card presents the gamers with correct details about the whole lot from micro organism and viruses to prescribed drugs and correct lab gear. Coated in a slick layer of satire, you gained’t even realise you’re studying all concerning the origins and signs of the Chikungunya virus.

Dennis explains that the thought behind the sport is to generate extra curiosity within the life science sector and make individuals conscious of the “real looking monsters” (illnesses) on the planet. 

Picture: ImmunoWars/Equipped
Picture: ImmunoWars/Equipped
Picture: ImmunoWars/Equipped

Sounds horrifying? It’s not! The sport teaches you about all of the superb methods during which people can counter illnesses, whether or not by our immune system or know-how. There’s even slightly enjoyable reality on the backside of every card — doubling as particular wins in your subsequent trivia night time!

“A necessary a part of this improvement is making it fascinating to professionals throughout the area but in addition making it enjoyable and playable for individuals who barely know the phrase biology,” tells Rafael. 

How ImmunoWars began

As all good tales do, the historical past of ImmunoWars began with a few pals and some drinks. Again in October 2019, creators Rafael and Dennis wished to play a enjoyable card recreation associated to their research, Life Science and Expertise … however after some fruitless googling, they noticed the necessity to develop one themselves!

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As soon as the idea for ImmunoWars was born, it acquired backing from PLNT — a centre for innovation and entrepreneurship in Leiden. With applications that assist entrepreneurs construct their start-up, PLNT turned out to be the proper haven from which ImmunoWars may take off. 

One other of PLNT’s nice successes? DutchReview, after all. 😉 

The way it’s going

Quick-forwarding to now, ImmunoWars is absolutely developed and is in one of many ultimate levels earlier than you’ll be able to maintain it in your arms — Kickstarter.

Impressively, ImmunoWars has simply reached its €10,000 aim (with days nonetheless left to go!) on the crowdfunding platform, which means there’s not lengthy to go earlier than you would be shelling out the Chikungunya virus, syphilis, or meals poisoning to your folks! (Hopefully solely within the recreation — in case your cooking is that unhealthy, don’t invite us 😂).

However, the Kickstarter aim just isn’t the tip recreation: extra playing cards, growth packs, and added know-how are all within the pipeline too, and a aim to get the sport in recreation shops the world over. 

Prepared for laughter to be the very best drugs? 

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