Anti-Matter Matters Boardgame – A Kickstarter Project

Anti-Matter Matters

Support your local Game Designer

Just like shopping locally helps the economy where you live, the same can be said for supporting your local Game Designer. By finding out the game designers in your community you are helping to drive innovation and creativity in your region. Many, if not most, major metropolitan centers have at least a few game designers. Just last night I found out that we have a new set of game designers in Portland; at least they are new to me. They are called Elbowfish Gaming and are located right here in Portland. Thanks to GameStorm for letting me know about them and their Kickstarter Project for a new game called Anti-Matter Matters. Right now they have a Kickstarter Project that is nearing the end of it’s funding time. It is so close to being funded and I really want to see their game in person and for sale. I went and helped with their kickstarter campaign and urge you to as well, but hurry as it closes this Saturday July 13th!!

So what is the game?

Good question. It is a board game about particle physics. Honestly I don’t know a lot about particle physics myself, but this group does and they have created a board game that promises to be fun while demystifying the rather complex subject of quantum physics. They have been test playing at Guardian Games, a local gaming shop, and they say while being fun it also stays true to the science. The game is rated as age 13+ and plays with 2-6 players. They are hoping to eventually do the extra testing and stuff that will allow them to mark the game 11+. But that means I can play this with my son now and my daughter too in the not too distant future.

I urge you to give what you can and help make science fun, and bring this game to life

Here is a quote from Elbowfish Gaming’s website that I just love:
“Play is a universal, social activity. Games can be more than diversions. They are a medium of expression that, like film, books, television and theater, can provide thought-provoking, emotional, transformative and entertaining experiences.”

Orycon 32

We are busy starting preparations in our house for this years Orycon event in November, this year it is November 12-14 at the Lloyd Center Doubletree.  Orycon is a Science Fiction convention held each year in Portland, the theme for this year is The Dark Side of Fantasy

P.N. Elrod
Author Guest of Honor
Sharyn November
Editor Guest of Honor
Chad Savage
Artist Guest of Honor

The convention is something I have been attending for the last several years.  During the day there are workshops, seminars and discussions to attend on a wide range of subject from costuming (my favorite) to writing and even true science itself.  After dinner time many people get dressed up in a variety of costumes from the basic to the elaborate.

One of the big costume genre’s that has taken off in the last few years is Steampunk.  My husband and I are planning to join in this year, assuming I can get our costumes completed in time.  He is going as a mad scientist and me as a clockwork doll, should be quite interesting.

Last year we brought the kids along for ½ of the convention, the headed off to a sleepovers at grandpa and grandma’s house for the other half.  It was a the perfect compromise in allowing the kids exposure to conventions but still left us the second half of the time to act like we weren’t responsible parents.; especially at the evening room parties.  Though the Greater Portland Costumer’s Guild, held a milk and cookies party the night the kids were there and me and the kids spent our evening there or at the dance.

If it sounds at all interesting I would recommend it, currently the price for admission to con is $45 for the whole weekend, well worth the money, but the closer to con it gets the higher the price goes.  Hope to see you there!!