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Subatomic: An Atom Building Board Game

Subatomic is a deck-building game about building elements from subatomic particles! Players begin the game with a small deck of quarks and photons. Each turn, players draw a new hand of cards and decide to either build up their atom to score points, or buy stronger cards for their deck. Players use their quarks and photons to build protons, neutrons and electrons.

They then decide to either (1) place these subatomic particles within the atom on their player mat (racing to build up an entire atom which will score them points), or (2) use them to buy proton, neutron and electron cards which go into their deck (making their deck more powerful and allowing them to build atoms even faster in the future!).

Players may also “hire” famous scientists like Marie Curie, Niels Bohr, Maria Goeppert-Mayer and Albert Einstein. Players use scientists to break the standard rules of the game, like turning energy into matter and replicating cards played by other players!

Subatomic is great for the science classroom or a game night with family and friends. Subatomic is easy to learn, but exciting to master and encourages strategic timing and optimizing available resources. All the concepts covered in Subatomic are concepts that would be introduced in a basic high school level chemistry course. And it does so in a way that is fun and intuitive for everyone!

Game Setup


Each player begins with a weak deck of Up Quarks, Down Quarks and Photon (Gamma Ray) Cards.

Players start with a hand of 5 cards. They use their Up Quarks and Down Quarks to create Protons and Neutrons, and use their Photo (Gamma Ray) cards to create Electrons. 

They can either use these Subatomic Particles to either:  
(1) Purchase Subatomic Particle cards that get mixed into a player's starter deck, making it more powerful, like this... 

(2) Build up the atom
 on their player mat (in order to claim Element Cards, which are what score them points) like this... 

When a player claims an Element,
 they also place two Goal Markers on the board, competing over control for additional end game points. The catch is, you can only place those Goal Markers only on End Goals that do NOT match the Element you just built. 

So, if you built a Helium, you can place a marker on any End Goal spot except Helium. At the end of the game, you'll get points for End Goals based on the Elements you built during the game IF you have the most or second most Goal Markers on any given End Goal.

Player can also remove weaker cards from their deck (cull their deck) by Annihilating cards from their hand for a cost of 2 energy, like this...