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Subatomic was created by John Coveyou of Genius Games. He designed Subatomic to be a game that helps to educate about atoms in a fun way. John loves to learn and play games. He has a masters degree in  Environmental and Chemical Engineering. He worked as an Engineer until he quit his job to design games full time. He currently works full time for Genius Games and he also teaches game design at Webster University in St Louis Missiouri. Genius Games is known for being a STEM based publishing company that creates games that are both educational and fun. Other games that Genius games is known for are Ion: A Compound Building Game, Covalence: A Molecule Building Game, Virulence: An Infectious Card Game, and more.

He reached out to Kickstarter to launch his game on February 7th to launch Subatomic. John had no idea what to expect with this campaign but after it launched a few backers started trickling in and then more and more and MORE! Within a few hours they had blazed past their funding goal and unlocked three of their stretch goals. Backers were able to vote on parts of the game such as the design of the collectors edition metal coins, and the subatomic cards. John presented an unboxing video for his backers to show them what the interior of the game would look like. They were successfully able to raise $267,364 for the creation of their game.

Subatomic is an atom building board game it is themed around the science behind particle physics and chemistry. Players compete to build elements using their subatomic particles. Their deck of cards is used in order to create protons and neutrons. There are also particle wave duality cards that they can use in order to create electrons. The science behind the game is completely accurate which makes it a great game for teaching science. The game seamlessly blends science and strategy gaming.

Subatomic can be played with 2-4 players in an hour or under and is a great resource for teaching high school or middle school about science.  The graphics on the game are very simple and fun and it creates an engaging environment where science can be learned. Players can work to build different elements in the game and each of them create an atomic mass. There are also scientist cards that can be drawn that allow you to gain more benefits during the game. To find out more about how Subatomic is played or to view their kickstarter campaign you can visit the links below.

Game Information:
Number of player: 2-4
Suggested Play Time: 40-60 minutes
Suggested Age: 10+

Included in the box:
44 quark & Photon Cards
46 Proton, Neutron, & Electron Cards
24 Element Cards
21 Scientist Cards
41 Colored Wooden Cubes
12 Clear Glass Beads  
32 Energy Tokens
4 Player mats
1 First Player Marker
1 Game Board
7 Bonus Tiles

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: February 6, 2018
Ship Date: November 2, 2018
Website: Genius Games