The Creation of Shranks

Hey everyone! This is Alex Piccirillo. Creator of Shranks, artist for all the cards, and more. Shranks is a game that anyone can play. It’s something that anyone can come across, and play for hours without even realizing. At the same time, it’s a strategy game. You can build your decks, choose your characters, make the best combinations you can, and play competitively.


Shranks was originally created back in 2013. Well, the first version of it. Being in College for a few years, it was created during a night of extreme boredom. Hanging out with my brother, we wanted to find a fun way to pass the time. While originally we wanted to crack-out some of our old card games and give it a shot… it quickly came to our attention that the games were extremely complicated. It would take us some time to sit there, learn the new games, find all of our old cards, and play. So being that I had always loved to make handmade stuff, creating custom board games out of foam board of oak tag as a kid, we wanted to make something ourselves.


So we took our stack of card stock, loaded up the printer, and started printing out cards. Blank cards that we could fill in and draw as we pleased. We printed out 100 cards, and just started creating. First I went through and named all of the cards and attacks. Then we went back, drawing all the characters and items. Eventually all of the cards were unique. When we wanted to decide how you attack, we thought it would be easiest to flip a coin. With that the basis of the game was formed. Everything else happened so naturally I couldn’t explain. The amount of characters in your hand, the placement of the cards, the use of the item cards, it all just fell together very naturally.

First we played it together. Then we brought the game to our parents. Then we brought the game to our friends. We just couldn’t put it down. Every person who played got very into the game very quickly. Using not only the cards but arguments to help turn the game towards their favor. We would play for what felt like minutes, but was actually hours. It was probably one of the greatest things I had experienced.


Time passed, and the game stayed something we only used locally between ourselves. Eventually my thought process shifted. I wanted this to be something that everyone could play and experience. I wanted to share this with other people. Something easy and fun that you could play with your best friends, your family, competitively, endless opportunity. So I went into my chamber, and pretty much locked myself down there working for about a full year. Taking characters my brother and I had created, ideas we had shared, and expressing it all through the game.


After over a full year of constant work, art, coming up with attack names, character health, balancing the game, beta testing the game, fixing mistakes we found, we were finally able to wrap it up. Ending up with over 400 characters in total.

Welcome to Inner Warrior

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]”Escape then Return” is our motto at Inner Warrior.

We want the multiverse we’re creating to be one you can escape to, but we also want you to return to your own world better off for it.

Shranks: The Party Trading Card Game is the first product we’ve released under our new motto. It’s a game you can play with your friends and family and it’s a game you can get as competitive with as you’d like. It’s also a game that is easy to pick up and play yet, due to the variety of characters and strategies, difficult to master.

We want Shranks to be a game that empowers people to play in our world together so they can return to their own more confident, happier, and with a stronger bond.

As long as all of you support us then you can expect more great content to escape to. You can sign up to our newsletter using our form on this page to receive some of that great content for free. Some of that free content includes character introductions, cartoons, comics, and behind the scenes content of some other great content being made.

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Shranks Companion App

Shranks? Yes, there’s an app for that!


Try out the new Shranks Companion App to keep track of your card’s status and health. This way you’ll always remember whether your character has a reroute or is stunned. And it makes keeping track of your character’s life much easier when all you have to do is hit up or down to subtract health.


The app also includes a section to track which characters you have or want. When you click on a character you will also be able to read about their backstory and learn some more about them!


You can find out more about the app and download it here:

Shranks Tracker App