So sorry... this game is SOLD OUT 😢

Subatomic Collector’s Edition! The only version for the consummate Upstart!! ?

A top 5 Finalist in the 2017 Stonemaier Design Day event… and a solid deck building game based in real science. John Coveyou crushes it again!!

Another scientifically accurate game that is actually a good time!!

You know how it is… you’re scrolling around on Kickstarter and looking for something that might pique your interest… and you pause for a minute to look at a game that in some way teaches people a little something about science or mathematics. And then within 3.14 seconds you are scrolling along looking for something else because try as they might, whoever is making that game simply cannot make it FUN!

Well hold onto your hats!  John Coveyou over at Genius games has this formula on lockdown!!

Subatomic follows on the heels of Cytosis – another sweet scientific success story by Genius Games! [Triple points for amazing alliteration! ?]

Haha. Sorry about that… I got a little carried away.

Collector’s Edition – all good… all the time.

Just for clarity’s sake, this is the Collector’s Edition of the game. This is not the same version that is selling on Amazon and Walmart and wherever else!! This is Upstart and we NEED those metal coins, darn it! Except for Tang Garden where we weren’t allowed to buy them <sigh> ?

So, this edition of the game comes complete with metal coins that replace the cardboard energy tokens in the retail game, a wooden annihilation track marker, an embossed game box, and foil stamping on the game board to match the metal energy coins. Tiny tweaks that add extra enjoyment to the gaming experience!! Well, at least for me 😉

O.K. Drew… stop gushing… take your meds… and say something about the actual gameplay!!

Quarks, Photons, Protons and deck building  fun!

There it is. You’re welcome. Hahaha.

No, no… I’m just teasing… a little. This is a well-designed deck builder where players will use their cards and their wits to build atoms, claim element cards, store energy, or purchase additional cards to enhance the functionality of their personal decks!

The majority of gameplay takes place on your personal player board; where you are thinking back to high school chemistry and wondering why you didn’t pay better attention. No, no… haha… it’s where you are working to accumulate subatomic particles that meet or exceed the number of subatomic particles required to build the elements displayed on the main game board.

SO, if you’re trying to claim that tasty Beryllium card on display, you’ll need to have at least 4 protons, 5 neutrons, and 2 electrons built on your player board. Once you meet or exceed the element requirements, you can claim that card and add it to your end-game armament. A really neat feature is that the particles can be used directly from your deck (1 proton card) or crafted using multiple cards from the deck; e.g. 2 up Quarks and 1 down Quark to create 1 Proton. Science Geeks Unite!!! ???

Random related side note – if you haven’t read “The Quark and the Jaguar,” you should consider checking it out. A fascinating read! Moving along… (if you click on the book title it’ll take you to the Amazon listing… and no, I do not have nay sort of financial relationship with Amazon or Murray Gell-Mann.. hehe)

The 5th Element

Players can also use the cards in their hand to purchase scientists (that provide additional actions) or additional/upgraded proton/neutron/electron cards; all with the intent of building those elements even faster and mopping up your opponents by publishing that grad school paper before them!  I mean, by having the highest value elements and winning the game!

To keep things a little interesting (and give the strategy a tad more depth), players place end-goal markers each time they claim an element. These goals increase points scored for certain cards or give bonuses for certain set collections. Nice!

When any player collects their 5th Element card, the game ends and final points are calculated. Highest points is the winner. 5th Element… I loved that movie! What happened to Bruce Willis? Hmmmm…

ANYway. Here are a couple of helpful videos to give you an even better idea of the gameplay.

Hey everybody, Rhado’s Run-Through can be found HERE! Don’t forget to turn on the Klingon subtitles!!

Dice Tower review with Tom Vasel is HERE.

Final elements of the write-up (smile)

This is an easy-to-learn deck builder that plays quickly, provides plenty of fun and a perfectly sized dash of strategic depth! Bravo! And, it’s actually based in science but isn’t dry and boring. I mean, I don’t find science boring… haha… but you get my meaning. ???

Another hit by Genius Games that will feel right at home on your science-geek shelf!! ?

Ages: 10+
Players: 2-4
Play Time: 40 – 60 minutes
Designer: John Coveyou
Artist: Tomasz Bogusz
SKU: Genius Games 001
Selling for $50-60 on a variety of
sites; but all were out of stock at the
time of this listing (AUG 2020). Metal
coins are selling for $20 on their own!
Our Price: $39.50
Link to BGG: Subatomic




So sorry... this game is SOLD OUT 😢



Subatomic Collector’s Edition

Subatomic: An Atom Building Game is a deck-building game in which players compete to build a number of available elements.

The Collector’s Edition: includes metal Energy Tokens, a custom wooden Annihilation Track Marker, an Individually Numbered copy of the game with an upgraded embossed inked box.

Each player starts with the same small deck of cards that consist of proton, neutron, and electron cards. They use these cards to build upon their current atom (by playing these cards face-up as subatomic particles) in an attempt to construct one of the available element cards. Alternatively, players may use their hand of cards to purchase more powerful cards for later use (by playing them in combinations of face-down cards as energy and face-up cards as subatomic particles). Subatomic introduces a unique variation on deck-building with a highly accurate chemistry theme, with the ultimate goal of building elements to score points, but allowing many varying types of strategies.

~Description by publisher

Additional information
Weight 4.1 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 9 × 2 in

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