Orgo prototype
Orgo pieces on a table
Nitric acid molecule card

Orgo Multiple Choice FAQ

What is Orgo, anyway?

A game without rules.
A fun toy for geeks.
Some wooden pieces and a deck of cards in a cigar box.
I didn't order this, I don't know what it is.

How do I play?

Pick a molecule card and construct it with the pieces.
Make a molecule with the pieces and figure out what it is.
Make up your own rules (and send them to me).

Which elements are included in Orgo?


Is Orgo actually any fun?

Absolutely! Orgo is at least as fun as learning organic chemistry.
Orgo is science, not entertainment. Stop trying to have fun and get back to studying.
Video game sales are down while organic chemistry enrollments are up. You decide.

Can I buy a set?

For $200 you can buy an autographed limited-edition prototype.
For $50 you can pre-order a set via Kickstarter.
For $20 you can buy a cheaply-made set from Amazon.
No. No copies of Orgo exist. Even the prototype shown was burned at a desert festival in a display of ritualized impermanence.

What future plans might you have for Orgo (depending on interest)?

18 more molecule cards (54 total), including TNT and acetaminophen.
Automated card production, with the molecule name on the back.
Add larger functional groups (COOH, ketone, amine, methyl, etc).
Add Sulfur and Phosphorous atoms and bonds.

How was Orgo made?

The atoms and bonds (svg) are lasercut from 3mm plywood.
The deck of 36 molecule cards is printed on cardstock. (pdf: p1 p2 extra)
The inside cover (svg) is pasted onto the inside of a cigar box.
Special thanks to Helen Cook for her help in bringing Orgo into existence.

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