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An Explosively Fun Card Game for 2 -7 players about the chemistry of basic elements, ionic bonding, and everyday compounds!
An Explosively Fun Card Game for 2 -7 players about the chemistry of basic elements, ionic bonding, and everyday compounds!
An Explosively Fun Card Game for 2 -7 players about the chemistry of basic elements, ionic bonding, and everyday compounds!
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Ion: A Compound Building Game

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Ion is a quick but explosively fun card game themed accurately around a few fundamental chemistry concepts. More specifically, how ions form some of the most basic compounds we use everyday. But don't worry, we didn't leave out the noble gases! 

And as we raise more funds, we will be adding even more chemistry "Stuff" to this game! I.e. Transition Metal Cards, Poly-atomic Ion Cards, Radioactive Element Cards, and bit more fun with pH, Acids and Bases!

            

Each player is dealt eight cards and given three action tiles. They choose one of those cards and pass the remaining cards to the player on their left, while they receive the same amount of cards from the player on their right. 

Selected cards must be either (1) bonded to another ion of an opposing charge or (2) set alone, but they cannot be moved once placed. Players only score points from cards, or sets of cards that are neutral (all charges are balanced). 

So a positively charged Sodium (Na+) bonding with a negatively charged Chloride (Cl-), forming a neutral NaCl compound would score points, however any unbonded Na+ or Cl- would score no points. 

Certain compound goals cards are randomly distributed each round, which players openly competing for. This means you need to also pay attention to what other players are building! 

Lastly, player have available three action tiles which allow them to either (1) select and play two ion cards from their hand rather than just one, (2) select an additional card from the center of the table and play it in their player area, or (3) rearrange the cards in their player area and/or take one no scoring cards from any opposing player. 

Of course I love Ion, but don't take my word for it. Here's what other gamers, game reviewers and educators are saying about Ion.

"It's simple, it's fun, and it get you thinking about ionic bonds and compounds... it's a nice lightweight drafting game and I recommend it. It's fun for adults who are into science, it's fun for kids who are learning about science"  - Eduardo Baraf, Edo Game Previews

"It is a great game, and I have become a fan of your work. I will be purchasing your other games soon!" - Brian Everett, Cloak and Meeple

"its biggest success is its stimulation of questions. Good education is not just about learning; it’s about inquiring and questioning, and Ion hits the nail on the head in that regard. If you’re a parent or a teacher looking to inject some fun into what your students or children may otherwise find a stale subject, perhaps stoking their interest and inquisitiveness in the process, then I can’t recommend Ion highly enough." - Ben Duerksen, COG Gaming

- Citie, Board Game Reviews By Citie

  • *Note: I actually don't know what the text above says, but it appeared to be a part where Citie compliments the game.

*** These reviewers spent a lot of time on their reviews, please show them some love (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc)

I LOVE the sciences and have taught chemistry to students in all grade levels from middle school to college. I have also played tabletop games since I was a kid. 

But 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 a little chemistry is an unavoidable consequence of playing the game.

This is the third game I've published on Kickstarter. Did the other two games get published flawlessly? Nope! We had our setups and "learning opportunities" but we're proud to say...

Linkage: A DNA Card Game was featured in Popular Science Magazine as one of the "Top 10 Things from February 2015" and is now for sale on Amazon with Prime Shipping. 

Peptide: A Protein Building Game is still getting manufactured as we speak... BUT should be out this summer. 

--      John Coveyou      --      Shelley Spence     --       Matt Franklin     --      Tomasz Bogusz     --

The game mechanics are 98% finished and more than 80% of the files are ready for the manufacturer. I've already personally invested more than $4,500 to get this game to where it's at. Funds from this Kickstarter will go to pay for manufacturing our first print run, and shipping you a copy of the game!

Also, all games shipped to EU Backers will be shipped from WITHIN the EU. This means all customs and taxes will be paid by me, so you won't have to pay anything extra.

I know that some retailers would like the full Kickstarter version of the game with all stretch goals at distributor pricing. If you're a retailer, please contact John directly at John@GotGeniusGames.com

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 Peptide. 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 Peptide 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.

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    FOREVER A GENIUS - At the $499 level, backers will receive one free copy of every future game Genius Games publishes FOREVER. This also includes 2 copies of Ion: A Compound Building Game, 2 copies of Peptide: A Protein Building Game and 2 copies of Linkage: A DNA Card Game, in addition to the Print & Play for Peptide. We’ve got a lot in the pipeline, so this is a long-term money saver for our most loyal fans! (Free worldwide shipping)

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