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By the Tiny Epic series designer, a clever filler game that unlocks the dawn of computing with pioneers Ada Lovelace & Charles Babbage!
2,520 backers pledged $95,838 to help bring this project to life.

Fourth Patron Results and Vote #5

Posted by Artana LLC (Creator)

Hi everyone,

Congratulations on unlocking wooden order tokens at $60k!  We're now entering the final week of the campaign and we expect things to start really heating up as we race to the finish.  Wooden engine components are up next so please help spread the word and let's see how far we can take this campaign - thank you all so much for your support!

Fourth Patron Voting Results

Results from the fourth regular Patron vote are in and we have a new winner!  Sir George Stokes, in a landslide victory, will be joining Mary Anning, Michael Faraday, and The Lord Kelvin as the next backer-selected regular Patron included in Lovelace & Babbage. 

Congratulations again to everyone who participated. Only two more votes remain so keep lobbying for your candidates! On that note...

Regular Patron Vote #5

Tonight, we present our next three luminaries for your consideration. Only one can win and only you decide! Portraits below are from the National Portrait Gallery in London including one rare image. As a reminder, voting will be open until 11pm on Wednesday with results announced in a subsequent update. Full rules are available in this update. And now, on to the candidates.Portraits below are from the National Portrait Gallery in London including one rare image.

Charlotte Brönte
Charlotte Brönte

Charlotte Brönte (1816-1855), eldest of the Brönte children including Emily featured here, was an English novelist, poet, and the author of Jane Eyre.

Emily Brönte
Emily Brönte

Emily Brönte (1818-1848) joined her siblings as a writer and was the author of Wuthering Heights.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861), abolitionist, child labor reformer, and poet, fought health issues her entire life, but achieved success through her prolific writing including the poem "How Do I Love Thee".

On To The Voting! 

Here is the link to the fifth poll. Voting will remain open until 11pm (Eastern Time) on Saturday, October 20th. We'll announce the winners when we introduce the final round of candidates on Monday. Have fun!

Another Kickstarter Ending Today

Finally, just a quick shout out to our friends at Genius Games for their Kickstarter Periodic: A Game of The Elements which is ending later today.  

Periodic is a strategy board game designed around the periodic table of elements. In Periodic, you strategically activate periodic trends (such as "increasing atomic mass") to move across the periodic table, collecting elements to score points. As you move across the board, you're also racing to end your turn in specific element groups, competing with opposing players to earn the limited bonus points!  We love Genius and all their games so do go check out Periodic if you're looking for another science game to back.

Thank you, as always, for your support.

Team Artana

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      derekbruff on

      Disciplinary boundaries as we know them today were very different in the mid 19th century. In fact, it was people like Charles Babbage, who co-founded the British Association for the Advancement of Science in the 1830s, that helped carved today's disciplinary boundaries. The irony is, one of the reasons Babbage (and Lovelace) were so inventive was that they came from a tradition where the sciences and the humanities were more blended, yet Babbage helped create a system where future Babbages were hard to come by. Today, we see a move back toward more blurred boundaries, with the STEM to STEAM (STEM + Arts) movement.

      So, yes, let's include some poets and novelists in this game! I think it's entirely appropriate.

    2. Artana LLC 8-time creator on

      @kets and batman - Understood and noted. When creating historical science games, it's often a challenge trying to decide which luminaries to include. Here, as we often do, we're emphasizing scientific contemporaries, but also mixing in a few artists and others to give people a more general feel for the period which we feel is important since science often intersects with many different spheres of society. We're definitely featuring tons of scientists though and these make up the bulk of the personalities in the game.

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      Phyllis Nelson on

      This is supposed to be about science. Literature is not that - it is subjective.

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      These are not the type of luminaries that belong in this game

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      While I'm glad to see that there will be another female patron in the game, I have to say I think Maria Mitchell would be more appropriate than any of these choices. Women in science from this era are so rarely recognized - this seems like a missed opportunity.