Biome Builder is here!!!

We have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of our Biome Builder games from the manufacturer and they finally arrived!!

The story ends with this beautiful image:

Biome Builder looks lovely and we are so excited!

Biome Builder looks lovely and we are so excited!

But to show the full event, first, this nice man brought all the boxes:

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Then we had to open the first shipping box...

So far, so good... boxes look nice!

So far, so good... boxes look nice!

And then we were so excited!!

Lindsay shows off our amazing new game!

Lindsay shows off our amazing new game!

And now we will begin shipping out games to our Kickstarter supporters and pre-orders through our website!  In the next couple of weeks, the game will be available on Amazon through Amazon Launchpad in time for the holiday season! 

Trick or treat with Killer Snails & Playcrafting!

Noelle and Adam (an honorary Killer Snail) are playing Biome Builder and handing out Candy at Playcrafting's Trick or Treat Halloween Game Expo!

Not only can you play with the extreme creatures below (Narwhals and Sloths are awesome!) but there will be loads of other fun games to try as well. 

The event will be:

Microsoft- 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

We will be there from 2pm-7pm!

Hope to see lots of you there!

They may look innocent, but the Sloth and Narwhal are full of tricks!

They may look innocent, but the Sloth and Narwhal are full of tricks!

Biome Builder wins First Award!

We are SO THRILLED to announce that Biome Builder won the Best Family Game at the Boston Festival of Independent Games!

Pitching on Dolphin Tank!

Last night we had the opportunity to pitch on Springboard Enterprises Dolphin Tank!

Jessica in mid-pitch

Jessica in mid-pitch

Springboard Enterprise is a fantastic organization that offers unique events on topics useful to founders.  The Dolphin Tank events give founders the opportunity to practice pitching and receive feedback in a friendly environment. We were incredibly fortunate to have the chance to pitch at Davis Wright Tremaine law firm and we were given great feedback by the panelists: Amy Millman, President of Springboard Enterprises; Heather Myers, Strategist Spark No. 9; Kay Koplovitz, Co-Founder & Chairman, Springboard Enterprises andManaging Partner, Springboard Growth Capital; and Jisoo Kim, Associate, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. 

Not only did each of these women offer thoughtful feedback, but we also met many other fantastic people in the audience and we plan to continue these conversations!

Hunting for an adventure this weekend?

Are you on the hunt for an exciting activity this weekend? Team Killer Snails has you covered!

This fast-paced stacking game takes 15 minutes to play and is perfect for everyone ages 5-105!

This fast-paced stacking game takes 15 minutes to play and is perfect for everyone ages 5-105!

We will be play testing our brand new science game Biome Builder at the Discovery Room at the American Museum of Natural History this weekend from 2-5 p.m.

In this game you’ll learn about 48 unique creatures that are part of food chains in 4 biomes. But be careful, there are effect cards lurking in these decks! Your sister’s invasive species card may put the kibosh on your nearly perfect food chain, but you can always use a carrion card to take back the coveted great white shark.

This fast-paced stacking game takes 15 minutes to play and is geared towards players 5 and up. It’s perfect for the budding ecologist in all of us!

Come play with us!

Pronghorns and Parrot Fish and Fruit Bats @ Girls Prep?

On Tuesday, June 20th Team Killer Snails play tested our latest game Biome Builder with the incredible middle school students at Girls Prep in NYC. Over the course of the school day 168 girls at this Bronx school played this fast-paced card game.

Students at Girls Prep Playing Biome Builder

Students at Girls Prep Playing Biome Builder

Sixth-grade science teacher Ms. Hill looked on while her students engaged in gameplay and was excited to see that, “my students are actively applying what they’ve learned in my class about food webs!”

In our continued efforts to ensure that our games are as educational as they are fun, Girls Prep middle schoolers took quick pre- and post-tests around game play to see if building biomes and using effect cards really did improve learning.

Game Designer, Illustrator, & KS Team Member Noelle Posadas Play Tests with Students at Girls Prep!

Game Designer, Illustrator, & KS Team Member Noelle Posadas Play Tests with Students at Girls Prep!

Our results were astounding! After a single period of game play Girls Prep students demonstrated an impressive gain of knowledge of 14.8%! These incredible students were able to improve their ability to:

Explain a biome by 28%
Give examples of a biome by 33.9%
Define/explain herbivores by 5.9%
Define/explain omnivores by 5.9%
Define/explain apex predators by 38.1%
Provide concrete examples of the results of climate change by 13.6%
Explain a food chain by 8.5%

What is more, we were thrilled to see that 31.9% of the students we met in June could see themselves as scientists! These bright students gave a host of reasons why they could see themselves as scientists including:

"I enjoy discovering new things."
"I enjoy learning about the animal and plant kingdom and have thought about becoming a zoologist since 5th grade."
"I could see myself as a scientist because I like new inventions."
"I could see myself as a scientist because I like to explore."
"I could see myself as a scientist because I ask a lot of questions and want answers."

Stay tuned for more results from play testing this fast-paced, exciting new card game in more schools nationwide very soon!

KS Co-Founder Jessica Ochoa Hendrix Playtesting with Girls Prep Students

KS Co-Founder Jessica Ochoa Hendrix Playtesting with Girls Prep Students

Launch events for Biome Builder!

Team Killer Snails has been playtesting and working on our newest game, Biome Builder for over six months and we are so excited to have the first launch event on Tuesday evening!

We will be demoing Biome Builder from 4-7 PM on Tuesday, June 11 at

Money G Card Shop which is located at 1 North Galleria Drive in Middletown NY

Please come out and try the game with us! More details here: 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1488722941189720/

Playtesting at the 2017 STEMinism Conference

Playtesting at the 2017 STEMinism Conference

A Caiman ate a Howler Monkey at the New York Hall of Science Today!

This May team Killer Snails was invited to play test our latest science game at the New York Hall of Science and join in their massive STEM Expo along with some of the most exciting organizations in New York City!

Students play Biome Builder outside the Connected Worlds Exhibit @ NYSCI during the STEM Expo

Students play Biome Builder outside the Connected Worlds Exhibit @ NYSCI during the STEM Expo

Learners young and old took turns building biomes within the exciting new exhibit, Connected Worlds.

KS Consultant Jenny Lam looks on as students play Biome Builder with Designer Noelle Posadas and Co-Founder Jessica Ochoa Hendrix

KS Consultant Jenny Lam looks on as students play Biome Builder with Designer Noelle Posadas and Co-Founder Jessica Ochoa Hendrix

Players used carrion to steal coveted cards from siblings, friends and parents, built food chains in the Sahara Desert, Amazon Rainforest, American Plains, and the Pacific Ocean, and used strategy in enacting invasive species cards to force opponents to stop their stacks.

Q & A About Game Design by High School Students @ the STEM Expo at NYSCI

Q & A About Game Design by High School Students @ the STEM Expo at NYSCI

Museum staff were on hand to get in on the fun and now we’re ready to kickstart this exciting new game so that you too can join in the fun. 



 

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