Side Effects

Created by Pillbox Games

Use drugs and therapy to treat your psyche in this beautifully illustrated card game for 2-8 players.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

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6 months ago – Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 02:26:31 AM

Wow. Our 36th update. I honestly didn’t think there was a number greater than 32!

But, much like a möbius strip, all things must come to an end.

Thanks for sticking around all this time, listening to us blab on and on about Side Effects. I mean, enough is enough already, am I right? But maybe I’m not right. Maybe, this end is only the beginning.

If you haven’t already seen, we recently launched a redesigned website, equipped with a blog! We’ll be using this PillBlog to post news about Side Effects and future games, so if you enjoyed our updates, please subscribe to our mailing list so that you can receive notifications of new blog posts and other cool stuff.

Join us as we make the jump through time and space.

Through the Phantom Zone and beyond.
Through the Phantom Zone and beyond.

Hold your breath and click these numbers. 5...4...3...2...

The End is Weds. Also, Gifs-count Codes!
10 months ago – Tue, Dec 04, 2018 at 01:33:31 AM

Closin' Up the Shop this Weds

This Wednesday, December 5 is the last day to buy Side Effects. We're not making any more of these beautiful little weirdos, so don't miss out. 

 Click this ----> BUY SIDE EFFECTS 

Quantities are very limited—these are the copper-edged, magnetic box editions from our Kickstarter campaign.


R(X)mas Delivery

All U.S. orders placed before our store closes on Wednesday will be delivered by Christmas. We’re fulfilling orders as they come in, but cannot guarantee Christmas delivery for international orders.

Show Us Your Ha-Ha’s

Gifs count for discounts: Send over a funny, weird, and/or pleasantly upsetting gif, and we’ll reply back with a discount code worth anywhere from $0.01 to $5.00, depending on how much we liked your gif. 

Like getting into heaven or the opening night of a chic new custard store, this is 100% subjective and there are no reassessments. 

 Send us gifs by messaging/tagging us on instagram, facebook, or twitter. We’re @pillboxgames for all of the things.


 You’ve Got Game (& Other Stuff, Too)

All games ordered during our Kickstarter campaign should have already been delivered. If you ordered a game from our Kickstarter campaign and have not yet received it, please send an email to and we’ll get you sorted out. 

All pouches and wooden boxes have shipped within the U.S., and international pouches are going out this week. Mystery boxes will arrive in time for Christmas.

oh no how long have I been watching this
oh no how long have I been watching this

<<Click HERE to order Side Effects>>

Hello, World
10 months ago – Tue, Nov 27, 2018 at 10:13:55 PM

Guess what?? Our flash sale is killin' it! The games are selling like hot cakes (do those even exist anymore?) and...

We’re now shipping games to Mexico, Japan, Canada, most of Europe, China, and more!

Shipping rates vary depending on the country. Shipping to certain countries may not guarantee delivery by December 25.

As the world turns, so do the days of our lives.
As the world turns, so do the days of our lives.

To find out if we ship to your country, click the link below, then select ORDER and then CHECKOUT. You’ll see a form to input your address, including a dropdown menu of Countries. Click on that dropdown menu and you’ll see all the countries we’re currently able to ship to.

Our sale is ending on Dec. 5 and there are VERY LIMITED quantities set aside for each country.

Subtract 2 and carry the 1...
Subtract 2 and carry the 1...

Click this--> BUY SIDE EFFECTS

For Backers’ Eyes Only
10 months ago – Sat, Nov 17, 2018 at 11:33:36 PM

This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read.

Are We Having Fun Yet?
12 months ago – Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 01:00:23 AM

First off, numbies, we cannot thank you enough for all the kind words about the game. We’re loving all the pictures and videos from all over the world. Keep ‘em coming!

Keep 'em Rick rollin' in
Keep 'em Rick rollin' in

This Isn’t ‘Nam


We’ve noticed that there seems to be a wee bit of confusion around some of the rules. Allow us to clarify...

1. Using Therapy

Some of you are simply putting Therapy on top of the disorder you’re treating and leaving it there. This isn’t correct and will mess up gameplay. In the future, please discard the disorder AND the Therapy card when using. Think of it as actually using therapy to work on a specific issue and then discontinuing your treatment when that issue is resolved. You can still relapse, as displayed here...

Drop it like it's cognitive behavioral
Drop it like it's cognitive behavioral

It's also important that those Therapy cards cycle back into the game (via shuffling the discard pile once there are no more draw cards).

2. Using Misdiagnosis

This card is used to swap a disorder in your Psyche with one in your hand. The old disorder then goes into your hand! And the Misdiagnosis card goes into the discard pile. This is particularly effective if you have a treatment for the new disorder you’re swapping in. Observe…

Even Dr. House gets it wrong sometimes
Even Dr. House gets it wrong sometimes

3. Using High Tolerance

Use this to remove one medication on your opponent’s Psyche.

Jen likes to play this card out of turn #houserules
Jen likes to play this card out of turn #houserules

4. Bargaining and Discarding

While you’re only allotted 2 moves per turn, a discard and a deal with another player do not count toward your two moves. You can discard as many cards as you’d like during your turn, and a deal only counts as a move when you put a card into play on the table. We don’t have a video to illustrate this so instead…

Everybody hurts
Everybody hurts

Snail Mail

If you haven’t received your game yet, don’t panic! They seem to be trickling in all over the world, but the good news is that you can track your extras orders!

All tracking codes are in your Backerkit profiles. If you don’t have the link to your profile, click here:

A link will be emailed to you. Click on the link and then hit VIEW CONFIRMATION. There you’ll find your tracking code!

My mail's breath smells like cat food
My mail's breath smells like cat food

If, in a few weeks, you still haven’t received your game, please email us at


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Oh the humanity...
Oh the humanity...