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A particle physics themed "deck preservation" game designed by Mike Mullins. Art by Fabrice Weiss. Only $10 with free US shipping.
A particle physics themed "deck preservation" game designed by Mike Mullins. Art by Fabrice Weiss. Only $10 with free US shipping.
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If you missed out on Pentaquark visit http://buttonshygames.com/products/pentaquark-preorder to pre-order today!

 

 

Some of the biggest questions in the world of science may be answered by studying quarks, the smallest of particles. The problem with trying to study quarks is that you can’t find just one quark; you need to find them in groups called hadrons, or some other exotic particles, like the Pentaquark.

 

In Pentaquark, you are trying to give science a helping hand by collecting the 5 quarks that form this particle at the detector of a massive particle collider. Move cards you need to the detector, discard others so they may come back as anti-quarks, and try to minimize the number of quarks scattered and lost. If too many cards are removed from the game, the Pentaquark has slipped through undetected once again!

Pentaquark is a single player game designed by Mike Mullins with art by Fabrice Weiss. Gameplay lasts 15-30 minutes (you will immediately want to play again) and recommended for ages 12 and up.

The game consists of:

-18 Cards
-Fold Out Full Color Rules-Wallet Packaging

This is part of our Wallet Line and will be packaged in a small vinyl wallet, perfect for taking it on the go. It's pocket-sized, portable and protective... and has proven itself with our growing line of wallet games.

 

The $3 Six-Card Bonus Pack is available in the Game and Bonus Pack pledge level or by adding $3 to any pledge. Here's some info:

Gluons come in each of the 3 quark colors. When one comes into play, you must attach it to a free quark, thereby changing it's color. A blue gluon might change a green up quark to blue and win you the game, or it could turn your red down quark blue and upend your careful planning.

Bosons are very interesting particles emitted when quarks change from one flavor to another. In the game, a boson will have two icons on it, such as up and down. If that boson were to come into play, you must attach it to an up or a down, changing it into the other flavor.

This 6-card expansion can have a dramatic effect on the game. At first everything feels a bit chaotic, but with some due diligence, new strategies will begin to reveal themselves. 

Rules for Gluons, Bosons and Top Cards:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/czf767ctrecfr8t/PQ-QCDPacks.pdf?dl=0

Mike has put together a wonderful video detailing the ins and outs of Pentaquark, from how to play to some strategy for beginners. Check it out below:

 

You can print the full game right here. It's only 4 pages long with just black ink (you can get a feel for it without color since the colors are written on the cards, but it's a game about color so the color will REALLY help later). The rules are just another few pages, and you can even make it work by just viewing them online.

Black and white Print and Play with rules included. (but for the most up to date rules only, go to this link):

https://www.dropbox.com/s/bfn8oimbddq9fyv/PQ-PNP-BW-090816.pdf?dl=0

Please note: The rules are NOT final. They still need to go through editing and graphic design, but any notes that you have at this point are incredibly appreciated.

 

"The gameplay for Pentaquark is so easy, but the longer-lasting effects of those choices make this 18 card game something quite a bit more than what you initially think. Mike Mullins has put together a quick, fun, but rather thinky, game about perfect information, hand management, and of course science! This falls in line with other great solitaire card games, an instant back for me!" - Donny, Shawn, Travis - Low Player Count Podcast

"There's a certain charm to this strange little game. Whether you're a fan of solo games or quantum physicists, you'll find Pentaquark frustratingly fun." - Mike Wokasch / The Indie Game Report

The Indie Game Report - Pentaquark Preview
http://www.theindiegamereport.com/pentaquark-preview/

The Board Game VaultPentaquark - 2 Minute Review

 

The Kwarenteen - Pentaquark Video Review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41zOOM8zHUc

Buzzworthiness: Pentaquarkhttps://boardsandbees.wordpress.com/2016/09/05/0591/

 

$1 - Board Game of the Month Club Rate - Join our Board Game of the Month Club to get promo cards, exclusive microgames, and special rates for our Kickstarters and website sales. Details at https://www.patreon.com/buttonshy

$3 - Print and Play - Print your own copy of Pentaquark using our full bleed, full color, press quality Print and Play files. You can also add-on any other print and play from our library for just $3.

$10 - Pentaquark - One copy of Pentaquark with free US shipping and reduced international shipping. Add additional copies of Pentaquark for just $9 each.

$13 - Pentaquark Plus The Gluon / Boson 6-Card Bonus Pack - One copy of Pentaquark with the Gluon / Boson 6-Card Bonus Pack and free US shipping and reduced international shipping. Add additional copies of Pentaquark for just $9 each.

$19 - Pentaquark plus another game from our library. Choose from any game below (or a special game from Pentaquark designer Mike Mullins, TBA 9/12/16). For more information on any of these games visit http://www.buttonshygames.comAdd additional copies of Pentaquark or any other game below for just $9 each. Add the Bonus Pack for just $3.

$30 - Pentaquark Deluxe Edition - One copy of Pentaquark plus a sweet 12" x 18" playmat. Free US shipping.

 *Playmat art isn't final yet.

Also... we added Launchtime as an add-on! More about it in Update #3. To add it, just click on "edit/modify your pledge" and add $9 US/CAN or $12 INT. After the campaign you will note that you added Launchtime in your survey.

Mike Mullins, who co-designed Dice Hate Me’s Bottom of the 9th, is a solo variant designing savant. Designing solo variants to games like Castle Dice, Compounded, Fleet Warfside and Lagoon: Land of Druids. Mike combined his love for solo gaming and science (he did major in biology and minor in chemistry at Duke afterall) to create Pentaquark for Button Shy Games.

Button Shy is the little guy in the big competitive board game world. Instead of trying to compete with the many great publishers out there, we decided to do things our own way. We order Wallet Games in parts and assemble them here in the US. It's an old fashioned mom and pop style operation, releasing high quality, yet personal little games.

We release a new game each month and have a great following of repeat customers. As a result, we've built the Board Game of the Month Club, a subscription service where you receive unreleased microgames, promo cards, a newsletter with interviews and game-related comics, and big Kickstarter discounts.... every month.

Join us at https://www.patreon.com/buttonshy.

Risks and challenges

We've done our homework and have as much ready as possible before even launching the Kickstarter, but there are always challenges once it's completed. There may be factory delays or errors, which can cause delays for fulfillment. We've had this issue previously and managed to turn it into a positive thing by providing extra content in the final version of the product.

All of our previous projects have been fulfilled as close as possible to the intended date, most have been on time or within one month of the delivery date and some even early.

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