Life of Albert Einstein Is Latest Focus of Local Innovation Researcher

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A game called Einstein, designed by Dirk Knemeyer, a principal in Arlington, MA-based Involution Studios, was offered for sale on the Kickstarter crowdfunding website today (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/artana/einstein). A tabletop game that puts players in the shoes of esteemed scientist Dr. Albert Einstein during one of four phases of his professional life, Einstein is a celebration of the many influences — both scientific and personal — that enabled him to revolutionize the rules of physics.

Einstein, the new tabletop game designed by Dirk Knemeyer

Einstein, the new tabletop game designed by Dirk Knemeyer

“Dirk Knemeyer is the kind of researcher and storyteller who brings personalities like Dr. Albert Einstein to life in the right way,” said Anthony Iliakostas, a Business Affairs Manager at Greenlight, an agency that represents the Albert Einstein Estate.

A game called Einstein, designed by Dirk Knemeyer, a principal in Arlington, MA based Involution Studios, was offered for sale on the Kickstarter crowdfunding website today (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/artana/einstein). A tabletop game that puts players in the shoes of esteemed scientist Dr. Albert Einstein during one of four phases of his professional life, Einstein is a celebration of the many influences — both scientific and personal — that enabled him to revolutionize the rules of physics.

“At Involution we help progressive companies invent and innovate at the bleeding edge of software and digital technologies,” said Mr. Knemeyer. “This has led us to explore the work and process of the great geniuses of history, from Socrates to Leonardo da Vinci to Dr. Einstein. While this is ostensibly a lever to help our clients, it has also inspired me to create games that help tell the story of great minds via a fun and interactive medium. Dr. Einstein was a particularly fulfilling study. Not only was his problem solving process unique and insightful, but even beyond his science and innovation, his life was truly inspiring."

Prior to creating Einstein, Mr. Knemeyer researched, designed and published games on the War of Currents battle over the AC and DC electricity standard in the 1880s, and about the important people and advances of the scientific revolution.

“Dirk Knemeyer is the kind of researcher and storyteller who brings personalities like Dr. Albert Einstein to life in the right way,” said Anthony Iliakostas, a Business Affairs Manager at Greenlight, an agency that exclusively represents the Albert Einstein Estate. “We’re thrilled with Einstein and look forward to more people learning about Dr. Einstein’s rich life.”

Einstein is a tile matching game, where each player has a set of differently-shaped tiles that represent four branches of science: physics, mathematics, chemistry, and philosophy. Players have their own set of inspiration cards that give them shapes they need to construct, along with imparting an anecdote from Dr. Einstein’s life. These are ordered chronologically, with each player getting a stack that correspond with the part of Einstein’s life they are playing as: Young, Prime, Globetrotting, or Wise.

To learn more about Einstein visit Kickstarter.com and search for “Einstein”. To see how Mr. Knemeyer’s research into innovators like Dr. Einstein are being leveraged by corporations visit Involution Studios at http://www.goinvo.com.

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