Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Kickstart the Week with Compounded: Better Gaming Through Chemistry

Compounded is missing link between science nerds with board game nerds (forget about the Big Bang Theory). It's a game where players must manage their elements to build chemical compounds. Does that sound nerdy enough?

It's actually very accessible for all types of gamers and their non-gamer friends, And it's a lot of fun. I played it back at Origins 2012 and here was my reaction:

While at the DiceHateMe booth, I was able to play my first full game of Origins. It was Darrell Louder's Compounded, which I sadly missed out on at Unpub 2 and various events since. In the game, players must commit chemicals to various tiles on the board, trying to make chemical compounds. You also have to claim the compounds before someone else jumps on it, or before it catches fire. I had a blast playing this game, and can't wait to play it again. The design is very solid, and seeing the graphic design work that they've started on this, I can't wait to see how nice the final product looks.
I'm happy to say the final product looks amazing. Right in line with the Dice Hate Me product line. 

Did I mention it has a periodic table of the elements scoring track?

The early success of this project is a good sign, as well as a good way to measure the quality of the game. It was fully funded within 36 hours of its launch, and is now about to hit the 400% mark. The reviews and recaps have been very positive, and the momentum hasn't shown any sign of slowing down.

If you're interested in chemicals, lab fires, elements, pressing your luck, and high quality board game production... you should probably check out Compounded. The base game is $42 on Kickstarter and ships in August.

Compounded on Kickstarter:

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