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Primo: The Beautiful, Colorful, Mathematical Board Game

A new board game claims to make math addictively fun by highlighting the power of prime numbers.

Designed by Seattle-based math education enterprise Math For Love, Primo is built around what its creators call "one of the unsung ideas in math," namely that prime numbers make multiplication easy. 

As explained on the Math For Love website,

The game is a race. Arithmetic is the engine, but not the end. Players add, subtract, multiply, and divide their way to the center of the board, knocking each other back to start and collecting Primo cards as they land on primes (the red circles) along the way. It’s a very easy game to learn, and infinitely replayable. Kids (and adults) practice their arithmetic without even noticing that they’re learning, and the game makes prime numbers intuitive and multiplication legible.

Math For Love is funding the initial rollout of Primo via Kickstarter, and the campaign ends this Friday. 

Check out Primo's Kickstarter page or the coverage the game got in the New York Times "Wordplay" column.

Start Date: 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014