Covalence is a chemistry-themed cooperative card game where
players work together to accurately build a number of secret organic
molecules. One player has knowledge of a set of Secret Molecules. All
other players must deduce what these secret molecules are, based upon
clues given to them. Players must cooperatively construct their
molecules before the clues run out!
One player takes on the role of the “Knower” while all other
players then become the “Builders”. The Knower has access to a number of
Secret Molecules and will give the Builders clues about these as they
attempt to identify their structure. After setting up the Clue cards in
front of her, the Knower will randomly designate 3 Secret Molecule cards
for each Builder (4 Secret Molecules if there is only one Builder).
Each Builder then takes a set of Element Tiles that bear a variety of
elements and bonding patterns. Gameplay:The Knower must study the Secret
Molecules designated to each Builder and then give each Builder clue
cards that relate to their specific Molecule!
Each Builder must
interpret these Clues as they arrange and rearrange their individual
Element Tiles, attempting to deduce the structure of their Secret
Builders may request new Clues from the Knower as the game progresses with their limited supply of Clue Tokens.
the Builders think that the molecular structures they have built match
their Secret Molecules, they submit their structure to the Knower with a
If the Builders submit their molecular structures
and are wrong, they have exhausted precious resources and are that much
closer to losing the game.
If the Builders submit their molecular
structures and are correct, they receive more Clue Tokens as a reward
and may begin building their next Secret Molecule! If each Builder is
able to correctly build all of their Secret Molecules, everyone wins!Ages: 8+ | Players: 2 - 4 | Playtime: 20 - 40 minutes
ION: A Compound Building Game is a simple card drafting game where players select from a number of available ion cards and noble gas cards, with the objective of forming either neutrally charged compounds or sets of stable noble gases.
How to Play – Chemistry Games 101
Each player is initially dealt eight cards. They choose one card and pass the remaining to the player on their left, while they receive the same amount of cards from the player on their right (this is commonly referred to as “card drafting” or “pick and pass”).
Selected cards must be either (1) bonded to another ion or (2) set alone. Players only score points for neutrally balanced cards. So a positive charged Sodium (Na+) bonding with a negatively charge Chloride (Cl-), forming a neutral NaCl compound. would score points.
Points are scored at the end of each round and player may gain additional points for building specific compounds listed on the goal cards for that round. After three rounds the player with the most points wins!
The game comes with multiple expansions including a Transition Metals expansion, a Polyatomic Ion expansion, and a Radioactive Card expansion.
Ages: 8+ | Players: 2 - 7 | Playtime: 20 - 30 minutes
In Peptide, players make a set of thoughtful selections from a number of
openly available Organelle Cards (that are then removed) creating an
interactive open-card-drafting mechanic. Players do this in order to link
Amino Acid cards side-by-side, thus building a protein chain, and thus
Peptide is an open-card-drafting similar to a
worker placement, except players take the
openly available cards rather than placing
workers or meeples, creating a very intense
experience with few rules.
Ages: 13+ | Players: 2 - 6 | Playtime: 30 - 45 minutes