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Squirmish comes to Kickstarter


A Different Kind of Beast-Fighting Card Game for Kids Begins Crowdfunding Campaign


Minneapolis, MN, Squirmish is a new beast-battling card game for kids that launched on Kickstarter Friday the 13th of May. An alternative to mainstream card fighting games like Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh, the Squirmish deck features 54 unique cards (108 if the game reaches its first stretch goal). Unlike those mainstream monster-fighting games, Squirmish is designed with the emphasis on playing rather than collecting… all of the cards needed to play are included in the deck.

The game is for 2-4 players, takes about 30 minutes to play, and is for ages 7 and up (no babies).

Each card has a different ridiculous character, with names such as “Mr. Bottom,” “Figboot,” and “Big Dumb Bear.” The game-play is pretty straightforward… you draw a card, place a card, move or attack, and resolve special abilities. However, the cards’ wildly-varying special abilities add infinite variety and strategic complexity to the game.

Cards are placed next to each other in the middle of the table facing the player that places it (this makes it so everyone can keep track of their cards). The mass of cards is known as The Squirmish. Cards can only attack cards adjacent to them (unless a special ability lets them do otherwise)
The game also has some funny quirks. Each card has a “battle cry,” which when said in a silly voice when the card is placed gives that card +1 to its attack. Also, some cards belong to groups (such as the “Spooner Valley Cryptids,” “The Fraternal Order of Strange Fellows” and “The Biscuit Sisters”) with group abilities that are activated when more than one member of that group is in play. Players are encouraged to use o-shaped cereal to keep track of a card’s damage.

The game was recently reviewed by the website Board Gaming at Home. Their review (which includes a play-through of the game) can be seen here:

The game was also reviewed at the website Geekdad:

“Overall, I’ve had fun with Squirmish both with my kids and with adult players. I think it’s a lot of fun for families. The dice-based abilities mean that there’s still a good amount of chance involved, which gives less-experienced players a chance to take on more-experienced players, so gamers who want something with pure strategy may not like it quite as much. And don’t forget to shout your battle cries as you enter the fray!” – Jonathan H. Liu on Geekdad.

The first player to knock out three of their opponents’ cards for their victory pile wins the game.

The Kickstarter campaign runs until June 12th. You can see it here:

The game has a website, which includes previews of cards you can learn about before the game is released, so you can have one up on your opponents:

You can download the rules at the Squirmish website here:


Steven Stwalley is a cartoonist, animator and poppa. His comics have been featured in numerous anthologies and gallery shows, as well as in the Hot Ink: Comic Art show at the Minnesota Museum of American Art. He was also a featured cartoonist in the book Superheroes, Strip Artists, and Talking Animals: Minnesota’s Contemporary Cartoonists by Britt Aamodt, published by the Minnesota Historical Society. He often posts webcomics (such as Soapy the Chicken and his collaborative comics with Ben Zmith; Monkey’s Paw and Strip Mall). He has also created numerous comic books, and regularly collaborated with other artists to create comics anthologies and jam comics. Stwalley is a founding member of The International Cartoonist Conspiracy. He works at WORLD MONSTER HQ, the most terrifying cartooning studio in Minneapolis.
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