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A chemistry board game with elements of strategy, social interaction, just a bit of luck - and, oh yeah, explosions.
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Super Sunday!

Posted by Dice Hate Me Games (Creator)

Maybe it was the great Super Bowl Blackout, or maybe it was just the right time, but we passed $55K last night and that means the Lab Partners Inspansion is a go! Thank you all for continuing to spread the word of Compounded - you have all helped to keep the funding curve growing at a steady and very healthy pace.

So, since we passed $55K that means it's time for some more stretch goals. That's right, we said goals. We've decided to shoot for two upgrade goals for the latter half of the campaign. These are component upgrades that we wanted to include in the box from the beginning, but could not do so without cutting into the shelf price that we were shooting for. If we can reach these new funding numbers, we can bump up the production number, cut down the overall production cost, and sneak these upgrades in!

The first component upgrade would be possible at $75K. We want to upgrade all the player pieces and Wild Elements (each player gets one Wild Element at the start of the game) to colored wooden discs, and produce a custom sticker sheet that will mark the front and back of the discs. You can see what the discs and stickers would look like close up and on a Lab Table below.

The next component upgrade would be possible at $85K. If we reach that funding level we can produce a larger, premium folding score board. Right now, the score track is thick punchboard, and still rather nice, but we can make it better, we can make it bigger - and we can make it fold!

Now, if funding remains healthy, there's a good chance we may well shoot past $85K before the final days of the campaign. If that happens, we have one final stretch goal in mind that isn't a components upgrade and won't go in the box - it'll just be for all the Kickstarter backers. We won't reveal what it is just yet, but we will tell you that there's more than one of them, and they are very useful for containing things in a lab...

Again, thank you all so much for the support and well wishes! This has been an amazing campaign - and it's not even over yet! We'll be back soon with a couple of special videos to mark some Kickstarter milestones we just passed. Until then, since many of you asked for it, we produced an image of all the basic compounds (and a Lab Fire card) that are in Compounded. Until next time, happy gaming!

All the best,
Chris, Cherilyn & Darrell


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    1. Dice Hate Me Games 20-time creator on

      Sorry, Tony - not Troy. I guess I should emphasize "old" and put on my glasses next time. ;)

    2. Dice Hate Me Games 20-time creator on

      Troy - Nope, just an old visual journalist (with a specialty for science infographics) that likes research and consistency. Between me, Darrell (the historied scientist) and a good smattering of chemist advisors, we've tried our best to ensure that Compounded is as accurate as possible.

    3. HPLazarus

      @ Dice Hate Me Games (Chris) - Out of curiousity, are you a chemist? Not a requirement I guess, but it would facilitate design. Either way you seem to know your organic chem well enough to handle questions about "chemical correctness."

    4. Paul Owen on

      You guys are doing great. The numbers are through the roof! When are you going to add "rocket fuel" as a compound? (Oh, wait, you've got hydrogen peroxide already, don't you ...)

      Hey, I love that you're getting sticklers for chemical correctness in your comments here. That's some nerd-deep serious geekness going on.

    5. Dice Hate Me Games 20-time creator on

      Mathieu, Srynerson and Duncan - We appreciate the feedback, but laser engraving is not feasible for us. It is both cost-prohibitive and time-consuming, especially on a large scale. There are other options such as screen printing, but at such a diminutive size, accuracy becomes a big issue. We put a lot of thought into what would be the best option for such an upgrade and this is our best option.

      Bear in mind that if you don't much care for stickers, the game is playable without applying them to the wooden discs. The current Compounded prototype uses just plain wooden discs. The stickers serve an aesthetic purpose, but the only mechanical purpose is that the reverse side of the Claim Tokens are differentiated to remind players that if they place a Claim Token by completing an unclaimed compound that this Claim Token is returned to their reserve, not their active Claim Token supply.

      As for swapping the stretch goals, the folding board is the most expensive upgrade, which is why it sits at the $85K mark and wooden components are feasible for production at the lower level of $75K.

      I hope this gives you all a bit more insight into our decision process!


    6. Duncan McEwen on

      I just want to chime in that I would prefer not to have stickers. I hate putting stickers on as I never get them right and my OCD kicks in. Laser engraving might be another choice. I really like the idea of the pieces being marked, but please investigate something besides stickers.

      I also agree that the board upgrade would be more useful as a first goal (but I think we will get both.) For using this for more exposure to Chemistry, a larger, nicer periodic table would be much better.


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      Hurray for the "inspansion," and I like the new goals, but I'd prefer that the new goals were reversed. The larger folding board has a lot more appeal to me.

    8. Jason Clague on

      I think stickers on wooden tokens are a great idea (TBH - I thought the player tokens were already wooden!). Other games use this approach successfully - the knights from Catan:C&K come to mind.

    9. Jason Clague on

      I think stickers on wooden tokens are a great idea (TBH - I thought the player tokens were already wooden!). Other games use this approach successfully - the knights from Catan:C&K come to mind.

    10. Dice Hate Me Games 20-time creator on

      Mark - the plastic element tokens aren't going anywhere. The wooden upgrade is only for the player pieces - the bits that mark your Lab Table and act as your Claim Tokens on the board. The Wild Element that we mentioned is just a marker that a player receives at the beginning of the game that can be used as any element when placed out into the Research Field. So you'll still be drawing little plastic elements out of the bag - we wouldn't change that for anything! :)

    11. Mark on

      I'll be honest, I kind of like the look of the element tokens in the video. My assumption is those were some sort of formed plastic. I thought they had a good look for the scientist dealing with something non-uniform, or "unknown." Any reason not to use those?

    12. Darrell Louder on

      Naomi - It will not be, in the final product. The above is just a quick 3D rendering to show off the board. Sorry for the confusion on that, but thanks for asking and your support!

    13. Naomi Dushay on

      Great job, y'all! That's not a "valley fold" in the stretch goal board, is it?

    14. Mathieu Boisvert

      Hi to all of the compounded Team and community,
      I have a been a gamer for a while and although I am mostly impressed with what you are presenting here, The wooden tokens with stickers on it is, IMHO, a really bad choice to go with game components life perspective. It is easy to rip, wet or incorrectly stick it etc. There are other more modern ways to go with components. like laser etching if you stay with wooden components or "plastic molded".

      That said, it does not take anything from the games fantastic concept, but for me, putting stickers on game "bits" is a really big turn-off. I would rather keep Sturdy cardboard Tokens than get wooden disks with stickers to apply.

      Maybe you could offer the Wooden Tokens as an extra-pledge and also offer other "bits" upgrades that would include one or the two of the above (wood laser engraved and or plastic bits)

      My thoughts


    15. Dice Hate Me Games 20-time creator on

      Emery - Thank you. That's actually my fault, as I grabbed that compound's previous card state when making the graphic. We upgraded it to Hydrazine for a more balanced points spread, and I had forgotten about the name change. It is labelled Hydrazine in the final compound deck. Cheers, Chris.

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      Emery Shier

      Uh, not sure how much of a problem this is, but the chemical you have listed as diazene is actually hydrazine. Diazene is just H-N=N-H.

    17. Scott Dexter on

      Love the new goals, can't wait to play this!