It’s round about 4 billion years ago. Earth has just recently cooled off enough to have water on its surface. Impacts of comets and meteorites have almost ceased. The sky is orange and dense with thick clouds, through which a faint Sun barely shines. A vast, greenish, muddy ocean covers almost the entire planet. The little dry land is black volcanic rocks and barren. But deep in the ocean and in a few oases, something is cooking: life is about to emerge.
AEON is a board game about the Origin of Life on Early Earth. It was developed by scientists in the framework of the CRC 235 "Emergence of Life" funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and will be published by the Deutsches Museum.
In AEON, you and your friends represent prebiotic environments where Life might have emerged. Together, you build a network of chemical reactions that transforms simple prebiotic reactants into complex molecules. Eventually, these molecules will allow you to establish the basic mechanisms of life which make the reactions more efficient.
The first player to create all the requirements for the emergence of biological evolution wins the game.
AEON is already a fully developed game that you can print and play right now. Once the game is published, you will be able to buy it at the Deutsches Museum.
You can also get a copy by contributing to our crowdfunding campaign.