I get stressed by real-time games. Is that what Pendulum is?
Pendulum is a turnless worker-placement game featuring simultaneous play. It does involve timers, but it’s not a frantic race against time. Rather, players are weighing the cost/benefit analysis of placing workers on actions where they’ll remain longer (and get better benefits) versus actions where they’ll be available sooner (and get weaker benefits). Also:
- The timers are only active during each round, the timed portion of which lasts around 6 minutes, so there are regular breaks in the action.
- Players control when they actually flip the timers. So if you’re not ready to flip a timer, you can just wait until you or someone else is ready.
- If you need to “pause” the game, you can turn the timers on their sides.
- Sand timers can sometimes be off by a few seconds, but this impacts all players equally in Pendulum (opposed to each player having their own sand timer).
- We’ve included a variant in the game that allows you to play without the timers but retain the other mechanisms.
What if the sand in my sand timers gets stuck?
Give the timer a little tap, and the sand will proceed to flow. Sand timers sometimes have a sediment in them that needs to break up a bit–this can take multiple uses. If your sand timers have issues after a few uses, just let us know and we’ll replace them.
After our manufacturer, Panda, learned about the issues reviewers were having with their advance copies, they wanted to ensure that as few as possible of our customers experienced that issue, so they sent all of the timers back to their partner factory and requested a new quality check and replacements. When Panda received the timers back from that factory, Panda also performed a quality check on the timers and found a defective rate of only 0.25% (that’s 1/4 of 1%, not 25%). Even those 30 sets of timers may not have issues after a few uses, but if they do, we’ll be ready to replace them.
Is Pendulum language independent?
Pendulum is 95% language independent. If you have one English speaker at the table, you’ll be fine. Though there will soon be localized versions of Pendulum too.
Why is the world in Pendulum called “Dünya”?
The artist and worldbuilder, Robert Leask, selected this name from the Turkish word for “world.” It’s also found in other languages.
Why should I preorder from Stonemaier Games instead of waiting a few months for the retail release?
While we will offer a preorder discount, delivery much earlier than the retail release date, and a guarantee that you’ll actually get an individually numbered first-run game in a timely manner, we absolutely support anyone who wants to order the game from their retailer of choice. Every copy of Pendulum is identical (except for the individual numbering, which is limited to the English first printing).