When I was in High School and when I first went away to college, I wanted to be a physicist. Science had always fascinated me, and so taking classes like “Quantum Physics” sounded fun. Unfortunately, a semester of Calculus II, Chemistry, and Physics II (and the subsequent 5+ hours of advanced math homework every night) sort of burned me out. I still love science. I just like my math problems to have more actual numbers than Greek. As such, Pentaquark has certainly piqued my interest. It’s a solo card game that’s up on Kickstarter.
In the game, you play a researcher at a large particle collider. It’s your job to find the elusive pentaquark. You do this by moving the cards you need into the detector. Cards you don’t need are sent out to return later as anti-quarks. However, quarks are slippery little buggers. They’ll get away from you if you’re not too careful. If too many cards are removed from the game, you’ll never be able to get the pieces you need.
The game’s currently on Kickstarter and is doing rather well. They’re over 12x funded. Thing is, there’s only 8 days left if you’d like to get in on the action.