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Be the first to build an atom out of the very building blocks of the universe. Competitive, team & cooperative play for 2-6 players.

The adventure continues at http://elbowfish.com/kickstarter
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                             WE REACHED OUR GOAL!
A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR WONDERFUL SUPPORTERS!!! 

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The Reviews Are In!

"Pretty please, if you do nothing for me internet, make this game happen. Science and gaming go together like chocolate and peanut butter!"- Ain't It Cool News, AICN Tabletop!

It seems that Antimatter Matters, a quantum physics board game, was made for people like me... Elbowfish is working with PandaGM, who manufactured Pandemic, among others. This is a huge vote in their favor...in one of its most exciting features, the game can be played competitively or cooperatively - Joelle Renstrom, Giant Freakin Robot

"..the perfect recipe for a fun-filled, nerdy evening... a novel way to introduce people to the strange world of quantum mechanics, and the design looks beautiful... Although every player's move starts with the roll of a die, there seems to be plenty of room for strategy in Antimatter Matters."- Editor, Physics Central, Physics Buzz Blog

"Very cool..."  - Author, Futurist, Astrophysicist, and Antimatter Matters Early Kickstarter Backer! David Brin

"Probably the game I am most excited about since I got back into tabletop a few years ago, just a genius idea amazingly executed!"- Backer Charles S Mote, Jr., from Comments here

I’m not a big board game player, nor am I particularly well-versed in the ways of subatomic particles... However, Portland-based game company Elbowfish wants to change all that. The art... looks cool as hell. Victoria McNaly, Geekosystem

"I don’t know a lot about particle physics, but this group does and they have created a board game that promises to be fun while demystifying the rather complex subject." The Halfling

Podcast Down Under:

The crazy Australians at SE2KB - Smart Enough To Know Better: A Podcast About Science, Comedy and Ignorance, interviewed David at 5:00am. Find out if he's coherent as they talk about the game, Elbowfish, Portland zombies, and the challenges of shipping Schrodinger's Cat in a game box.

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We are excited to share Antimatter Matters, A Quantum Physics Board Game (Really!)—the first of our new series of Meaningful Games: fun games that make you think. 

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EXTRAS - Added after campaign launch!

  • STRETCH GOAL [UNLOCKED] $37,500 - SIX Contemporary Quantum Physicist SuperStar Cards in every box!
  • A Limited Edition Exclusive Kickstarter Physics Superstar Card voted on by Backers ONLY. 
  • Custom Scientist Meeples included in every game box standard 

A La Carte Add-ons: 

  •  Backer T-Shirt - add $25 to pledge* 
  •        Kickstarter Exclusive Superstar Card - add $10 to pledge*
  •        Additional copies of the game - add $53 to pledge*
*Add-on items available to pledges of $54 and above
  •        Kickstarter Exclusive Lab Coat - add $50 to ANY LEVEL Pledge

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Antimatter Matters is a science-based, futuristic, set-collection & pattern-building game for 2-6 players. It balances deliberate strategic choices, surprising interactions with other players and the unpredictable nature of the universe.

In regular, non-challenge, competitive mode, average game length is 45 minutes. Team play, cooperative play and challenge modes can vary. 

Antimatter Matters is currently offered for ages 13+ (though we hope to be able to separately fund safety testing & certification, which would allow us to market the game as 11+).

We are working closely with PandaGM, manufacturer of award-winning games such as Pandemic, Alien Frontiers and BioShock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia, to ensure the highest production quality for Antimatter Matters, and we have specified highest quality components throughout.

The goal of Antimatter Matters is to collect the right elementary particles to assemble an atom. You have to avoid hazards like quantum entanglement, antimatter collisions, cosmic radiation and solar flares messing up your instruments—not to mention the actions of other player-scientists pursuing the same goal.

Along the way, you'll learn something about the strange and wonderful world of quantum physics: how a handful of elementary particles interact in various ways to form the nuclei and atoms that make up ourselves and everything we experience in the world around us. 

Antimatter Matters Prototype
Antimatter Matters Prototype

Antimatter Matters is accessible to gamers with any form of color-blindness, as well as to those with limited vision or fine-motor skills, and the rules will be available as a downloadable audio file.

We designed Antimatter Matters to provide competitive, team, cooperative and mixed-play modes—all available right out of the box.

The Time: The not-so-distant future
The Place: SQEAC (pronounced, "Squeak"), the Space-based, Quark & Electron, Antimatter-powered Combiner—a state-of-the-art space laboratory orbiting high above Earth.

As the lead scientist for Project SQEAC, you are in charge of humanity’s first attempt to construct ordinary matter from individually captured elementary particles—up quarks, down quarks and electrons, along with the gluons and photons that bind them together.

A lot can go wrong in the course of this experiment. You face the risk of antimatter-matter particle annihilation, collisions with stray cosmic radiation, equipment malfunctions and other dangers, as you recreate the incredibly hot, dense conditions that occurred in the earliest beginnings of our universe, billions of years ago.

Your scientific peers, in other orbiting space labs, are attempting the same feat. Will you be the first to artificially construct an atom from the basic building blocks of the universe?

Good Luck!

Antimatter Matters includes many modes of play right out of the box. You can play the game in competitive mode, where each Player-Scientist races to be the first to complete an atom and reach the center. You can also play in teams, working cooperatively as a team to build more complex atoms in a race against one or more other teams. 

There is a built-in cooperative mode as well, where everyone works together to construct even more complex atoms, such as carbon. Large teams can compete with other teams using multiple game sets on multiple boards, as in a classroom or tournament environment.

Each mode can be played at regular and challenge levels. The challenge level has additional restrictions on the construction order of your atom as well as more complex atoms to build.

You can even mix and match modes and levels—one player can compete against a team, and different players or teams can play at regular and challenge modes during the same game. This allows players of different ages and skill levels to balance out and play a fair and competitive game. In all, Antimatter Matters includes 7 different modes & levels of play plus countless combinations of mixed-play. 

As part of our commitment to removing all barriers to gameplay, all aspects of the game—from the board to the pieces to the rules themselves— are designed to be accessible to gamers with any form of color-blindness, as well as to those with limited vision or fine-motor skills. We use “multi-coding”in all our designs. For example, each particle piece has a size or shape associated with it, in addition to a unique symbol and color scheme. An audio file of the rules will also be available for download.

Early Prototype Grayscale Visibility Test
Early Prototype Grayscale Visibility Test

Video and photos above show our hand-made prototypes. Actual manufactured game components will be of the highest quality, produced by PandaGM.

Box dimensions = 285 x 285 x 75mm (approx 11.2 x 11.2 x 2.95 inches)

All particle pieces, tokens and player pawns will be 3D solid wood, custom laser-cut, designed to be easy to pick up and hold. Particle pieces will be full-color silkscreened. No punch-card flats here! 

These include:

  • 18 Up Quark Pieces
  • 18 Down Quark Pieces 
  • 6 Electron Pieces
  • 12 Photons/EM Force pieces
  • 12 Gluons/Strong Force pieces
  • 6 Player Meeples
  • 1 Turn Token Disc
  • 4 (2 pairs) Quantum Entanglement Token Discs

Other components include:

  • 2 Dice: Custom moulded, engraved, compressed-resin dice—no cheap plastic here. There will be no gluing on stickers in our games!
  • 101 full-color Game cards: 300gsm Bluecore Casino, double-side coated & linen embossed cardstock. These are the highest quality boardgame cards available—think Magic the Gathering. 
  • [STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED!] 6 Physics Superstar Cards

Board and player mats will be thick cardboard, full-color, matte-laminated, linen embossed (on both sides - top to reduce glare, bottom to reduce sliding).

  • Game Board dimensions: 483 x 483mm (approx. 19” x 19”), full-color, with spinner incorporated.
  • 12 full-color Player mats (6 proton+election, 6 neutron, all color/symbol-coded to player pawns)
  • 1 glossy, full-color, large format, Visual Rulebook

Antimatter Matters MSRP: $69.00 USD

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DOWNLOADABLE visual rulebook & audio version of rules available

Gameplay Video: (Length: 16 minutes)

Elbowfish is a game studio in Portland, Oregon. We design, develop and publish meaningful games with a local sensibility featuring Portland-area artists. To design, develop and publish Antimatter Matters, we teamed up with Portland physics teacher Scott Isler and Portland artist Thomas Conrad Rigby. 

Thomas has created a retro-futuristic look for the game that evokes the optimism of ST:NG-era science fiction along with spectacular current advances in virtual user interfaces—all while respecting the real science of the quantum realm. (Translation: It looks cool!)

Our commitment to providing you with the best game experience doesn't stop with brilliant design, good writing, extensive playtesting and talented featured artists. To ensure the highest quality in safe and sustainable manufacturing, we have teamed up with PandaGM, manufacturers of Pandemic, Alien Frontiers, Belfort, Eclipse, and dozens of other award-winning board games. 

To playtest this game, we enlisted Portland’s thriving board game community, along with various non-gamers of all ages and experience levels, whom we “recruited” with the gentlest persuasion (the bruises will fade, we promise!). We playtest regularly at local game store (and Emergency Zombie Shelter) Guardian Games, as well as on SE PDX Game Nights at Lucky Labrador Brew Pub. 

With our playtesters' generous help, we have fine-tuned Antimatter Matters to feature just the right combination of fun and physics. Above all, it is just a blast to play. Don’t take our word for it—some gamers have become habitual playtesters, joining our table regularly to hone their skills at subatomic construction (and the occasional destruction).

Check out your rewards, ranging from our eternal gratitude to a custom, Kickstarter-only Project SQEAC Lab Coat; from an original, archival-quality fine art print, signed by our featured artist, to an exclusive invitation to our Antimatter Matters launch party—and, of course, the game itself. We are also happy to send copies of the game directly to a school of your choice.

Rewards matrix. CLICK TO ENLARGE Corrections, updates, additions, at http://elbowfish.com/kickstarter
Rewards matrix. CLICK TO ENLARGE Corrections, updates, additions, at http://elbowfish.com/kickstarter

Pledge $15 or more

Earn:
- Our eternal gratitude! 
- A permanent listing on our online Wall of Founders
- Access to downloadables, including:
- - The Antimatter Matters Rules, in PDF
- - The Antimatter Matter Rules, in audio format for the sight impaired.
- - KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE wallpapers and
- - Other digital goodies (including some surprises!).

Estimated delivery: Jul 2013

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Pledge $35 or More

Hey, good looking! We'll send you:
- One of our KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE Limited Edition Antimatter Matters t-shirts (men or women's style, in your size). Accept no substitutes! This is a very high quality 100% cotton t-shirt, Made in the USA and silkscreened to the highest quality right here in Portland, Oregon!
- PLUS, everything in the Digital Supporter Kit.

Estimated delivery: Aug 2013

Add $10 to ship outside the US

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Pledge $54 or More

The early bird gets the game! (plus extras) 

Be the first to own a copy of Antimatter Matters!
We will include you in the very first shipments of our game—OR we'll send the game to a school of your choice.
As an early supporter, we will also send you:
- A KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE Project SQEAC - Antimatter Matters Patch.
- A KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE Bonus Card
- An invitation to a BACKER ONLY Playtest Game Day in Portland, Oregon
- Everything included in the Digital Supporter Kit! 
(transportation and lodging for Playtest Game Day not included)
- Membership in our Early Playtest community - the BBFETT Guild!

Antimatter Matters MSRP: $69.00 USD

Estimated delivery: Nov 2013

Add $25 to ship outside the US

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Pledge $59 or More

We will send a copy of Antimatter Matters to you—OR we’ll send the game to a school of your choice.
- A KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE Project SQEAC - Antimatter Matters Patch.
- You will ALSO receive everything in our Digital Supporter Kit.
- Membership in our Early Playtest community - the BBFETT Guild!

Antimatter Matters MSRP: $69.00 USD

Estimated delivery: Nov 2013

Add $25 to ship outside the US

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Pledge $89 or More

We will send a copy of Antimatter Matters to you—OR to a school of your choice—excessively signed by our entire development team. We're talking box, board, rules, everything SIGNED!
PLUS. a LIMITED EDITION Antimatter Matters print by game artist Thomas Conrad Rigby, SIGNED BY THE ARTIST HIMSELF
- PLUS, an invitation to a BACKER ONLY Playtest Game Day in Portland, Oregon
- PLUS, an invitation to our official LAUNCH PARTY early next year!
- AND we’ll send you a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE Project SQEAC Antimatter Matters Patch
- A KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE Bonus Card
- Everything included in the Digital Supporter Kit! 
(transportation and lodging for Playtest Game Day and Launch Party not included)
- Membership in our Early Playtest community - the BBFETT Guild!

Antimatter Matters MSRP: $69.00 USD

Estimated delivery: Nov 2013

Add $35 to ship outside the US

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NEW LEVEL: New Horizons

Pledge $101 or more

Everything in the Quantum Signature Kit Plus:

- Membership in our exclusive, advance design review community - the VADR Guild!

Antimatter Matters MSRP: $69.00 USD

Estimated delivery: Nov 2013

Add $45 to ship outside the US

Pledge $121 or More

Two of a kind! We will send you TWO copies of Antimatter Matters—OR we can send one to you, and one to a school or your choice—OR, send both to the school! 
- PLUS you will receive an invitation to our official LAUNCH PARTY in Portland, Oregon early next year
-PLUS we will send you TWO KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE Project SQEAC Antimatter Matters Patches 
- PLUS TWO KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE Bonus Cards
- PLUS everything included in the Digital Supporter Kit!
(transportation and lodging for Launch Party not included)
- Membership in our Early Playtest community - the BBFETT Guild!

- Membership in our exclusive, advance design review community - the VADR Guild!

Antimatter Matters MSRP: $69.00 USD

Estimated delivery: Nov 2013

Add $45 to ship outside the US

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NEW: 
Pledge $132 or More

BRICKS AND MORTAR RETAILERS ONLY TRIPLE WIN
The FLGS Reward. 

THREE copies of Antimatter Matters (MSRP $69 each) plus access to PDF rulebook and audio version of rules for the vision-impaired. 

NOTE: This reward is for game retailers ONLY and includes free shipping within the US. You will be required to provide verification that you are a licensed game retailer with at least one physical storefront to receive this reward. Note: Shipping must be to a US address, but your store need not be located in the US.

Estimated delivery: Nov 2013

Ships within the US only

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Pledge $245 or More

We will send a copy of Antimatter Matters to you—OR to a school of your choice—excessively signed by our entire development team. We're talking box, board, rules, everything SIGNED

Scientist - you now qualify to wear  the KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE... (drumroll)... PROJECT SQEAC LAB COAT! This custom lab coat features the exclusive Antimatter Matters Kickstarter Logo. Amaze your friends. Project authority at work and play. Complete Cosmic Ray Protection* (*protection not included)
PLUS a LIMITED EDITION Antimatter Matters print by game artist Thomas Conrad Rigby, SIGNED BY THE ARTIST HIMSELF
- PLUS an invitation to a BACKER ONLY Playtest Game Day in Portland, Oregon
- PLUS an invitation to our official LAUNCH PARTY early next year!
- AND we’ll send you two KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE Project SQEAC Antimatter Matters Patches
- AND a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE Bonus Card
- AND everything included in the Digital Supporter Kit!
(transportation and lodging for Playtest Game Day and Launch Party not included)
- AND Membership in our Early Playtest community - the BBFETT Guild!

- AND Membership in our exclusive, advance design review community - the VADR Guild!
- Late addition: a 2nd lab coat OR two t-shirts!

Antimatter Matters MSRP: $69.00 USD

Whew! I got exhausted just typing all that!

Estimated delivery: Nov 2013

Add $35 to ship outside the US

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Pledge $345 or More

Six of a kind! We will send you SIX copies of Antimatter Matters.
- PLUS We'll send you SIX of our KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE Limited Edition Antimatter Matters T-shirts (men or women's style, in your size) Accept no substitutes! This is a very high quality 100% cotton t-shirt, Made in the USA and silkscreened to the highest quality right here in Portland, Oregon!
- PLUS you will receive an invitation to our official LAUNCH PARTY in Portland, Oregon early next year
- PLUS we will send you SIX KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE Project SQEAC Antimatter Matters Patches
- PLUS SIX KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE Bonus Cards
- PLUS everything included in the Digital Supporter Kit!
(transportation and lodging for Launch Party not included)
- Membership in our Early Playtest community - the BBFETT Guild!

- Membership in our exclusive, advance design review community - the VADR Guild!

Antimatter Matters MSRP: $69.00 USD

Estimated delivery: Nov 2013

Add $145 to ship outside the US

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Pledge $485 or More

Same as the Quarks Kit, but, instead of the t-shirt, 
You'll receive SIX of our KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE... (drumroll)... PROJECT SQEAC LAB COAT! This custom lab coat features the exclusive Antimatter Matters Kickstarter Logo. Amaze your friends. Project authority at work and play. Complete Cosmic Ray Protection* (*protection not included). 
Perfect for schools! (imagine the excitement as they don their official lab coats and embark upon a bold experiment at the frontier of particle physics! Or, just spill grape juice on them in the cafeteria...)
- Membership in our Early Playtest community - the BBFETT Guild!

- Membership in our exclusive, advance design review community - the VADR Guild!
-Late Addition: two additional patches!
- Late Addition #2: two additional lab coats OR three t-shirts!

Antimatter Matters MSRP: $69.00 USD

Estimated delivery: Nov 2013 

Add $145 to ship outside the US

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Pledge $1,200 or More

Everything and the laboratory sink! 
- EVERYTHING included in the Supernova Kit!
- PLUS an extra copy of Antimatter Matters sent to you—OR to a school of your choice.
- AND a full set of SIX INDIVIDUALLY CRAFTED MEEPLES representing six leading QUANTUM PHYSICISTS past and present!
- PLUS we'll send you one of our KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE Limited Edition Antimatter Matters T-shirts (men or women's style, in your size) Accept no substitutes! This is a very high quality 100% cotton t-shirt, Made in the USA and silkscreened to the highest quality right here in Portland, Oregon!
- Membership in our Early Playtest community - the BBFETT Guild!

- Membership in our exclusive, advance design review community - the VADR Guild!
- Late Addition: 2 additional lab coats OR three t-shirts!

Antimatter Matters MSRP: $69.00 USD

Estimated delivery: Nov 2013

Add $90 to ship outside the US

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A LA CARTE ADD-ONS (NEW!)

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One copy of Antimatter Matters: 

- Add $53 USD to any pledge level of $54 and above. 
(Antimatter Matters will retail for $69.)

Shipping (in USD):
 - Anywhere in the US & APO addresses: Free.
 - Canada & Mexico: add $25.
 - Anywhere else: add $40.

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One Kickstarter-Exclusive T-Shirt Limited Edition Antimatter Matters T-Shirt

- Add $25 USD to any pledge level of $54 and above. 

Click for full-size image. Final design may vary slightly.
Click for full-size image. Final design may vary slightly.

Men or women's style, in your size. Accept no substitutes! This is a very high quality 100% cotton t-shirt, Made in the USA and silkscreened to the highest quality right here in Portland, Oregon! 
PLEASE BE SURE TO MESSAGE US YOUR SIZE & M or F!!

Shipping (in USD):
- Anywhere in the US & APO addresses: Free.
- Canada & Mexico: add $3.
- Anywhere else: add $7.

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One Limited Edition, Collectible, Kickstarter Exclusive Quantum Physics SuperStar Card 

- Add $10 to ANY pledge level of $54 or above.

Features a physicist chosen by our backers from today's leading contributors to our understanding of the universe we live in! 

This custom designed card will include an original sketch by artist Thomas Conrad Rigby & fun facts about the featured scientist along with special art on the back. Each card will be numbered, and we will produce only enough required to fulfill Kickstarter orders. When the Kickstarter is over, this card will never again be produced.

Shipping: there is no additional shipping cost for this card.

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NEW: LIMITED QUANTITY, LIMITED TIME:
One Exclusive, Limited-edition, Backer-only PERSONALIZED lab coat 

- Add $50 to ANY pledge level.

Meeple for modeling purposes only. Actual lab coat will be human-proportioned and final art may vary slightly from depicted designs.
Meeple for modeling purposes only. Actual lab coat will be human-proportioned and final art may vary slightly from depicted designs.

Shipping:

  • If you are already receiving one or more games at your pledge level (or as an add-on), there will be no additional shipping cost for the lab coat beyond the shipping fee at your backer level. 
  • If you are not receiving a game and are in the US, Canada or Mexico, please add $5 for shipping.
  • If you are not receiving a game, please add $12 for international shipping.

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To include an add-on when you first pledge, just add the appropriate amount to your pledge total.

To include an add-in if you have already pledged, just click on the "Manage my pledge" button in the upper-right (it replaces the "Back this project" button when you are already a backer).

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[UNLOCKED] $37,500 MODERN PHYSICS SUPERSTAR TEAM CARDS!

*Every* game box will include, standard, 6 custom cards featuring currently active, currently contributing physicists - both theoretical and experimental - who are helping us understand the universe we live in. 

Backers can nominate candidates from around the world, and we will choose 6 outstanding individuals to feature on our Superstar Team Cards. Each Card will include a custom sketch of the featured scientist by artist Thomas Conrad Rigby, along with notable and fun facts about them. 

Backers ONLY will then vote on a 7th Team Member, to be featured on a Kickstarter Exclusive, Collectible, Limited Edition Superstar Card, included in all the "Bonus Card" reward levels - and, also available, DURING THE KICKSTARTER ONLY, as a $10 add-on to any pledge of $54 or above. This Limited Edition Card will include special art and other unique features TBD.

Each Limited Edition Card will be individually numbered and will feature special art on the back. Once the Kickstarter is over, this design will never be produced again.

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***Custom Cut Scientist Meeples now INCLUDED in standard goal!!***

A̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶l̶e̶v̶e̶l̶,̶ ̶w̶e̶ ̶w̶i̶l̶l̶ ̶r̶e̶p̶l̶a̶c̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶s̶t̶a̶n̶d̶a̶r̶d̶ ̶w̶o̶o̶d̶e̶n̶ ̶p̶a̶w̶n̶s̶ ̶w̶i̶t̶h̶ ̶c̶u̶s̶t̶o̶m̶-̶c̶u̶t̶ ̶s̶c̶i̶e̶n̶t̶i̶s̶t̶ ̶m̶e̶e̶p̶l̶e̶s̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶a̶l̶l̶.̶ ̶T̶h̶e̶y̶ ̶a̶r̶e̶ ̶m̶a̶d̶e̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶w̶o̶o̶d̶!̶ ̶T̶h̶e̶y̶ ̶c̶u̶t̶ ̶a̶ ̶d̶a̶s̶h̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶(̶u̶n̶i̶s̶e̶x̶,̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶c̶o̶u̶r̶s̶e̶)̶ ̶s̶c̶i̶e̶n̶t̶i̶s̶t̶ ̶f̶i̶g̶u̶r̶e̶!̶ ̶T̶h̶e̶y̶ ̶a̶r̶e̶ ̶M̶e̶e̶p̶l̶e̶s̶!̶ ̶T̶h̶e̶y̶ ̶t̶a̶l̶k̶*̶,̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶y̶ ̶w̶a̶l̶k̶*̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶y̶ ̶d̶a̶n̶c̶e̶*̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶r̶ ̶p̶l̶e̶a̶s̶u̶r̶e̶!̶ ̶(̶*̶t̶a̶l̶k̶i̶n̶g̶,̶ ̶w̶a̶l̶k̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶/̶o̶r̶ ̶d̶a̶n̶c̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶n̶o̶t̶ ̶i̶n̶c̶l̶u̶d̶e̶d̶)̶ ̶

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Antimatter Matters Was Conceived And Created By Scott Isler

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Development Team:

Game Designer

Leana Galiel Co-Founder & Creative Director of Elbowish

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Game Producer, Writer

David Galiel Co-Founder & CEO of Elbowfish

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Featured Game Artist 

Thomas Conrad Rigby

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Photographer

Tori Galiel

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Videographer

Denis Lemeshchenko

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Video Music:

 La Di Day by Portland's own Podington Bear

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And, our happy horde of playtesters!

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Don't forget to bring a towel.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Every creative endeavor carries risk. The biggest risk of all is lacking the funds to actually produce and distribute a great product. Kickstarter is an effective way to minimize that risk.

So, assuming we reach (and, with your help, blow away) our campaign goal, what other risks are there—and what steps have we taken to anticipate and mitigate them?

Risk: Great idea, but design & development are never completed.

Mitigation: We have been working on this project since August 2012. Game design, ruleset and all card copy is complete. Most artwork (including the board, all cards, all particle pieces, dice and player pawns) is done, and remaining elements are being finalized as we speak. The game has been exhaustively playtested, is well balanced with a refined ruleset, and is now at the stage where every playtest produces enthusiastic new fans. Frankly, we don't consider completion of the game to be a risk or a challenge at this point.

Risk: Manufacturing does not match the standards of the design.

Mitigation: For game production, we have chosen to work with PandaGM, one of the most reputable, respected game manufacturers in the industry. We are working directly with a managing partner at PandaGM to ensure that we have supplied them with accurate specifications, so that they could provide us with an accurate final quote, including the cost and logistics of shipping directly to our Portland location. This quote served as the basis for setting our Kickstarter goal and rewards structure.

Risk: Other rewards and extras cost so much, there isn't enough left to pay for manufacturing, shipping and fulfillment (a common Kickstarter pitfall). Or, the logistics of getting all the rewards ready overwhelms the process and delays the game (after all, we are a game studio, not a garment dealer).

Migitation: We have carefully sourced and received quotes for our other tangible rewards such as t-shirts and patches. We have included the cost of rewards into our calculations, to ensure that we will have enough money left to pay for manufacturing, shipping and fulfillment of the most important reward - the game. Our schedule takes into account necessary production and delivery of these reward extras. Wherever possible, we work with local suppliers so that we can check out the production process in person. And we will personally handle production of our extremely high-quality, archival-ink art prints.

Challenge: The campaign is successful, game and rewards are manufactured, but there wasn't adequate planning for fulfillment.

Mitigation: We have a crew prepared to quickly mail out your games and other rewards as soon as they arrive here in Portland. We have contingency plans to handle an additional fulfillment load if, thanks to your generosity, we dramatically exceed our original goal and have many more games, t-shirts, lab-coats and patches to send out.

Risk: Despite our best efforts, we miss our intended pre-holiday delivery.

Mitigation: We will do everything in our power to ensure delivery before the holidays, but there is always the possibility of delays out of our control (bad weather in the Pacific delaying shipping, a snag with manufacturing, a black hole swallowing the Sun).

We secured firm quotes in advance for all our rewards. PandaGM is committed to helping us expedite the game manufacturing process by guiding us in delivering precise design files to them in advance.

Furthermore, we intend to initiate the manufacturing process as soon as we reach our Kickstarter goal, even if that happens early in the campaign (yay!), rather than waiting the full 30 days plus billing time. That will help us get the game and other rewards into your hands even sooner. Of course, we may not be able to secure the necessary financing to initiate early manufacturing, in which case we'll stick to our original schedule.

Any questions or concerns? Email us at info@elbowfish.com and we'll respond promptly.

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