In Covalence, players work together to accurately build a number of secret organic molecules. One player takes on the role of the “Knower” who has knowledge of the Secret Molecules, while all other players, “Builders”, must deduce what these secret molecules are, based upon clues given to them by the Knower. All Builders must cooperatively utilize a limited number of clues available in order construct their molecules before the clues run out!
Covalence: A Molecule Building Game is the sibling chemistry game to Ion: A Compound Building Game, which was published earlier this year. While Ion was themed around how ions combine to form ionic compounds, Covalence covers another fundamental type of bonding more common in organic chemistry, Covalent Bonding - more specifically, how the elements carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen combine to form organic molecules.
- “This game is a lot of fun. A LOT of fun. I think you have a lot of good things here. ...We played three games and we want to play more” - Johnathan Grothe from Game Krackers
* Once we reach our goal of $7,500 we'll start making what's in the box even better!
One player takes on the role of the “Knower”, who has access to the Secret Molecules while all other players are the “Builders”, who must try to identify the structure of the Secret Molecules through a series of Clue cards given to them by the Knower.
After setting up the Clue cards in front of her, the Knower will randomly designate 3 Secret Molecule cards for each Builder (4 Secret Molecules if there is only one Builder). Each Builder then takes a set of Element Tiles that bear a variety of elements and bonding patterns.
The Knower must study the Secret Molecules designated to each Builder and then give the Builders Clue cards that relate to their specific Molecule!
Each Builder must interpret these Clues as they arrange and rearrange their individual Element Tiles, attempting to deduce the structure of their Secret Molecule.
Builders may request new Clues from the Knower as the game progresses with their limited supply of Clue Tokens.
When the Builders think that the molecular structures they have built match their Secret Molecules, they submit their structure to the Knower with a Guess Token.
If the Builders submit their molecular structures and are wrong, they have exhausted precious resources and are that much closer to losing the game.
If the Builders submit their molecular structures and are correct, they receive more Clue Tokens as a reward and may begin building their next Secret Molecule! If each Builder is able to correctly build both of their Secret Molecules, everyone wins!
Check out this video review of Covalence by 10 year-old Brian. Now here's a young gamer who knows what he's talking about!
- "I really enjoyed it and I think it was great that I could introduce my kid to these types of concepts early on through playing a game.... Covalence was a hit in our house!" - Adam Gray from Brian's Got Game
Edo has a number of published games of his own and a great YouTube Channel full of amazing video reviews. Check out his review below!
A HUGE thanks to all our playtesters, reviews, and previewers!
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It's rare to see Science and Games - my two great interests - intersect.
So, I thought to myself, “why not design a game in which the game play and game mechanics are based entirely, and very accurately, upon some science concept?” As a result, becoming familiar with the science behind these games is an unavoidable consequence of playing them.
This is the fourth game I've personally published through Kickstarter. Did the other three games get published flawlessly? Nope! We had our setups and "learning opportunities", but we're happy to say that our previous Kickstarter success, Ion: A Compound Building Game, will be shipping out in November and our other two games are in backer's hands!
Risks and challenges
All projects have some level of risk, and ours is no different. In an effort to reduce the overall cost of production (and ultimately lower our funding goal) we are continuing to work with the same overseas manufacturing company we did with Ion. We had a great experience working with them and are excited to continue building on our connections.
Our turnaround for delivery will be similar to Ion as we continue to feel out the process with the manufacturer's representatives. We do not expect delays, but anything can happen half a world away just as it could domestically. We rely on our suppliers just as you rely on us, and hope for a relationship of mutual understanding.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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