An ongoing Kickstarter project
has come up with the perfect recipe for a fun-filled, nerdy evening: quantum mechanics and board games. The people behind indie game company Elbowfish are trying to reach their $33,000 crowdfunding goal to distribute their physics-inspired board game called Antimatter Matters.
In the game, 2-6 Antimatter Matters players assume the roles of scientists in the not-too-distant future trying to assemble matter from stray elementary particles. The standard version of the game pits the scientists against one another in a race to create a hydrogen atom by collecting fundamental particles: electrons, quarks, gluons, and even photons.
You can see the creators describing their game in the video below.
The world of Antimatter Matters is filled with risk. Cosmic ray radiation, antimatter-matter collisions, and equipment malfunctions are but a few of the quantum dangers facing would-be atomic scientists. Players will navigate through the world with an eight-sided die, and players can use action cards to stymie their opponents' quest to complete the atom.
So far, the game looks like a novel way to introduce people to the strange world of quantum mechanics, and the design looks beautiful. The game board features a slew of physics references including three "energy levels" that players reach, entangled quantum pieces, and particle spin.
Board game aficionados over at /r/boardgames
initially expressed some reservations about the game's roll-and-move emphasis, but Elbowfish has since expanded their description about the game on their Kickstarter page
. Although every player's move starts with the roll of a die, there seems to be plenty of room for strategy in Antimatter Matters.
Different game modes range from competitive to collaborative, and players can increase the difficulty by building more elaborate atoms like the deuterium isotope of hydrogen. To level the playing field, older players can work toward the more difficult deuterium atom while younger atomic scientists can aim for a hydrogen atom in the same game.
As of this writing, the game has received a little under half (about $13,500) of its funding goal ($33,000) with 12 days remaining. You can fund the game
yourself for as little as $1, and you can learn more about the game from the prototype manual