NOTES AND SAMPLE CARDS:
This deck was created in collaboration with MUSE magazine. In the March 2013 issue, the magazine wrote a piece about the Phylo project and made a call for submissions to their readers to create deck artwork.
Entries were moderated, researched, and then used to create the MUSEMON deck. This was released in two installments in two separate magazine issues. Except for the EVENT cards (which highlight the various MUSE characters), all art was created by young readers!
(From the March 2013 issue)
“A 2002 British study showed that kids can identify Pokémon characters—imaginary creatures from a Japanese game—better than actual animals and plants. David Ng, a molecular biologist who brings science to the public, viewed this bad news as a challenge. He and hundreds of enthusiastic strangers are working to create a game that’s just as fun as Pokémon, but involves real wildlife battling for survival, rather than cartoon monsters karate-chopping each other. The game, called Phylo, has over 400 cards featuring plants, animals, microbes, and ecosystem-shaking events like wildfires and oil spills. They’re scientist-approved and drawn by both professional artists and volunteers—like you—from around the world!.”