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A Strategy Board Game Accurately Themed Around The Periodic Table! Use Periodic Trends, Discover Elements & Learn Actual Science!
A Strategy Board Game Accurately Themed Around The Periodic Table! Use Periodic Trends, Discover Elements & Learn Actual Science!
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Science Behind Periodic, Science Review Team, and Come see us at Essen or PAX Unplugged

Posted by John Coveyou (Genius Games) (Creator)
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Hi Periodic Backers,  

Five Stretch Goals Unlocked

Passed another big one earlier this week - the $125K for the Science Behind Periodic booklet. (More on that in a minute). 

Another stretch goal coming up at the $200K mark that I'm REALLY excited about  – upgrading the track markers to custom wooden microscopes. Below's an image of something our artist Tomasz mocked up 

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Join our writing team for Science Behind Periodic?

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For those of you new to Genius Games - our Science Behind booklets are short booklets that go along with each game that delve into how the mechanics for that game reflect the actual science, and then go into more detail about the science concepts the game is reflecting. 

Here's the fun part - there are so many of you with experience and impressive credentials in the sciences who were interested in writing that we tried crowd sourcing the first Science Behind booklet for Cytosis ... and it worked incredibly. So we did it again for Subatomic and we've now had a ton of requests for a Science Behind for Periodic. 

So, if you are a scientist, science teacher, or have a strong background in science and enjoy communicating scientific complexities in a way that's accessible and are interested in being part of our Science Behind Periodic writing team, email shelley@geniusgames.org, subject line Science Behind Periodic - [your name] with a bit about your science or education background! We’ll be compiling the writing team in the next two weeks. 

Join our Scientist Review Team?

We're also looking for some feedback on the science in Periodic gameplay. At this point, we're especially wanting feedback on our current Goal Cards AND looking for ideas for new Goal Cards. If you're a scientist or have a strong background in science, would you be interested in giving us some feedback and ideas?!

If you are interested in playing the Periodic PnP and/or giving us feedback on the Goal Cards, email shelley@geniusgames.org subject line "Scientist Review Team - [your name]"

Upcoming Conventions

I've been dreaming about going to Essen Spiel for years... and this year I'm finally making it happen!!

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We'll have a Genius Games booth in Hall 5 - our booth number is 5 i 111. I'd love to meet you - please come by our booth if you have a few minutes! 

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We'll be at PAX Unplugged again this year! Swing by if you want to try out some of our previous games - we'll be at booth 2107 and are planning to reserve a couple tables for sitting down to play a round or three.   

Or, if you are interested in being on the other side of the table to help us demo our games, we'd love that too and would happily get you into PAX with an exhibitor badge. We have only a few exhibitor badges left to give out, so if you're interested, let shelley@geniusgames.org know asap! 

Media Shout-Outs  

Gizmodo and Kutako each gave Periodic some attention over the last two weeks! Always cool to see a geeky game like Periodic highlighted like that.  

Periodic Rulebook Update

Our graphic designer is going through another draft of the Periodic Rulebook, so I should be able to get it up onto the Kickstarter page pretty soon! 

Overflowing with appreciation,

John 

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    1. Löwenpower
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      Looking forward to meeting you at SPIEL, Essen. :-)

    2. Preston
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      The microscopes were great. So disappointed they see gone wow. I need to nerd comment more.

    3. Queen Tara on

      What about graduated cylinders or a beaker for the track marker?

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      charles-etienne jamme
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      I will pass by at Essen - your game Cytosis has been demoed several times at www.alliancemerode.be

    5. Jochen Petzinger on

      For me microscopes are linked more to biology than chemistry, too.
      Typical chemical "symbols"? Bunsen burner (or Teclu burner), erlenmeyer flask, test tubes (in a stand?) or perhaps a simple 3D-molekule (CH4?)

      I'm looking forward to see you in Essen.

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      jogimaster
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      John: Save microscopes for Cytosis expansion or oother biology games. :)

    7. John Coveyou (Genius Games) 12-time creator
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      Well I am a very happy to hear that people are not as enthusiastic about the Microscopes now rather than later :-) Okay, we'll think of something else instead of Microscopes.

      The microscopes were NOT intended to replace the Erlenmeyer flasks, they were intended to replace the track markers. We will look into the Bunsen burner or some other piece of chemistry equipment.

      Any other ideas? ? ? And thanks everyone for giving me your feedback on the pieces.

    8. Xabier on

      Those microscopes look like the ones in Pandemic Iberia

    9. Andrea Bignardi on

      What relevance has microscope to periodic table and chemistry in general?

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      Sally Smith
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      Does the microscope replace the flask from the earlier goal or are they for different things?

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      jogimaster
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      I am for Erlenmeyer flask as well. Bunsen burner would be great too, but probably too fragile as a marker.

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      Rebecca Blanchard on

      I associate microscopes more with biology than chemistry. I think a round Erlenmeyer flask (totally round, not flat on the sides) either wood or plastic is the ideal marker. Having playtested the game, I also think those flasks could be used on the other two tracks. The flasks are a nice shape to pick up, too. I think the stretch goal should be nicer flask shapes and 3 for each player.

    13. Biomage on

      Interesting... but I’m not sure many chemists use microscopes.

    14. Oglik Naes
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      Love the microscopes!!! At this rate I’ll have science meeples of all sorts in no time!

    15. Efren Rodriguez
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      Microscope? Why not an Erlenmeyer flask or Bunsen burner? :-)