Game On: Periodic: A Game of The Elements
“Game On” is a series in which we examine the companies, creators, and games in crowdfunding. We look at the journey, ideas, and concepts the creators wanted to bring to market with their product.”
John Coveyou of Genius Games teaches Game design at Webster University in St. Louis. He has a Masters Degree in Environmental and Chemical Engineering, and a Bachelors degree in Environmental biology. He started Genius Games as a way to share the love of learning and teach through games. Their goal is to demystify intimidating concepts in the science and engage the players in a lifelong process of inquiry. John Coveyou created board games as a child but waited until 2013 to quit his engineering job and find his own board game company. He has taught chemistry and physics to students all the way from middle school through the college levels.
John launched his game Periodic-A Game of The Elements on Kickstarter on September 18, 2018. The game was fully funded in a few hours and also blew through a couple stretch goals. John took his game to the Stonemaier Design Day and it was rated in the top 5 games. Their project was successfully funded with $236,208 within a month of launching.
"Periodic: A Game of The Elements is a strategy board game designed around the periodic table of elements, as well as some of the most fundamental principles in chemistry that can be derived from the structure and function of the periodic table. In Periodic, you activate periodic trends (such as "Decrease Atomic Mass" or “Increase Atomic Radii”) to strategically maneuver across the periodic table, “discovering” elements to score points. But that’s not all… You must also couple “discovering” elements with ending your turns in specific families of elements, like Noble Gases or Transition Metals. This allows you to move up the Academic Achievement Track in a race against other players for the limited spots, and additional points, at the end of the track.”
In Periodic there is also an Academic Achievement Track where players are competing to race up in order to acquire a limited number of points at the end of the track. When they end their turn in specific families of elements then they can move up the track. The game is offered in Spanish and English and comes with colored microscope and flask meeples that as a fun design feature. This game is perfect for educating people about the periodic table.
Suggested Players: 2 to 5
Suggested Play Time: 40-60 minutes
Suggested Age: 10+