Become the greatest inventor of the Victorian age in Great Scott! – The Game of Mad Invention, a farcical card drafting game for 3-5 players.

In Great Scott!, the whimsical 19th century parlour game that never was, 3-5 players build five card inventions with an eye to victory in the inventor’s contest at the Great Exhibition. Combine Animal, Mineral, and Vegetable assets with Destructive, Productive, and Transportive concepts to create one of the greatest inventions not known to mankind!

In a game of Great Scott!, you draft cards to add Assets and Concepts to your invention. Matching sets of cards give bonus points, but the biggest prizes are awarded for alliteration. When your invention is finished, explain what it does and how it works to get extra Commendation points from the other inventors. After three rounds, all your scores are totalled and a new Royal Inventor is crowned!

Great Scott! is easy to learn, fast to play, and is guaranteed to amuse, and with over 950 million possible inventions, you’ll never play the same game twice!

Will your Bedazzling Bat Borne Brass Balloon outdo your rival’s Diabolical Dynamite Driven Duck Dispatcher? Perhaps, if you play your cards right…

Consider carefully; clever card combinations and amusing alliterative amalgamations bring bountiful bonuses!

For Her Majesty, and for science!

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Download the Rules

Great Scott! Rules – version 1.1 (PDF 5.2mb)

Production Gallery

Artwork from the various stages of production of Great Scott!

Great Scott! - The Game of Mad Invention -- Kicktraq Mini

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Sinister Fish Games

About the game

Great Scott! is a card game of mad Victorian inventors. It was successfully funded on Kickstarter in 2016 and released to retail in December that year.

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