A Game Where We Embrace Plagiarism and The Reviewer 2 In Us

The Publish or Perish Game is a humorous party game about academic publishing. Players race to publish manuscripts with useless nonsense while sabotaging each other's research and delivering "very helpful" comments, Reviewer 2 style.

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Publish as Many Manuscripts as You Can Before They Are Scooped

The player with the most citations wins the game!

Play Your Cards Strategically to Your Advantage

Use Research Cards like Idea and Data to publish, Mishap Cards to sabotage, and cards like Collaboration and Workshop Attendance to get ahead!

Sprinkled with Fun Facts from 20+ disciplines!

Trivia cards with carefully curated trivia questions and weird but true facts were specifically designed for those who are intellectually curious about everything in the world!

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Extensively Tested by Academics

Created by Max Hui Bai Ph.D., tested by grad students, professors, and scholars from research institutes across the world.

Game Rule

Easy to learn and play! The game rule is just one page! 

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Peer Reviewers Say...

 

"I played “Publish or Perish” last night with my lab. It was a blast—it pokes fun at a lot of absurdities of academia. A perfect 👍 game for a lab party!" 

-Jay van B. Ph.D., Professor (👈👈👈 the viral Twitter review x.com/jayvanbavel/status/1794021182238236956)

 

"I absolutely loved it! I am an academic myself, so the game was particularly relatable for me. My husband enjoyed it as well even though he's not in academia. I really hope we can purchase this game sometime in the near future!"

–Amanda P. Ph.D., Scientist

 

"It was such a creative game and a super fun way to get to know some other conference attendees - the goal was to publish as many "papers" as possible and the titles were absolutely hilarious. Can't wait to see this out in the world!!"

–Julie C. Ph.D, Scientist

 

"AH-MA-ZING. it was an incredible bundle of fun! My friends and I absolutely adored this game! some of them were asking me where they could get this game already! The game mechanics were a lot of fun and a few times we caught ourselves saying "just like in real academia." We really enjoy the game mechanic, the detail that goes into designing every single card, which were all hilarious, and also how real it was while making fun of the entire process."

-Raymond H. Ph.D. student

 

I’ve had my fair share of playing the academic publication game in real life, and I love how this board game is a parody of that. The resemblance is a stroke of genius!” 

–Xuan Z. Ph.D., Scientist, CEO

 

"It was super fun. we had a great time! I particularly enjoyed the congratulations part!"

–Nigel L. Ph.D., Professor

 

“One of my favorite card games I’ve ever played!”  

–Keith B. Trader

 

"It was my pleasure testing the game.  My sister in law would like to bring it to work with her and play with her colleagues. As she put it they are a bunch of people with PHDs and would enjoy playing. If at any time you are willing to sell a prototype, even if it is one that you will not be launching we would love to purchase it from you."

–Jean G. Coach

 

Are you an influencer or a journalist? Do you have a sizable academic following? Write to [email protected] if you want to test a preview copy of the game and see what all the hype is about!

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