Prime Minister Boris Johnson played Prometheus during Covid virus recovery
A strategy board game invented by a Wiltshire math professor has found a new fan: Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The PM received the Prometheus strategy game during the Covid-19 pandemic by its inventor Chris Curtis.
The futuristic and fast-paced strategy game is already a hit at number 10 and in 11 countries around the world and is contributing to the well-being of children in UK schools.
After inventing the strategy game Prometheus, Chris Curtis waited seven years to patent it for fear others would copy his idea.
At the age of 22, Mr Curtis was the youngest head teacher of mathematics serving since 1989 at Frome College in Somerset.
Now 58, he said: “I’m proud to bring a game into the mainstream that brings people together in a way that computer games can’t.
“Prometheus came to me in a dream over seven years ago after I commissioned a hearth sculpture of Prometheus from renowned artist John Robinson.
“When I was working at Frome College I was given one percent of a million pounds to spend and came across John Robinson’s sculptures at Bangor University.
“This led to a new sculpture for the Prometheus Center – a math and theater building at Frome College.”
“The idea for the Prometheus game came to me in a dream and is based on the number of corners or vertices of dynamic game pieces.
“Knowing that Prometheus now occupies a prime spot at Number 10 Downing Street is of course wonderful, but knowing that the game is and will continue to be played and enjoyed around the world is a dream come true.”
Prometheus launched publicly at Weaving Shed in Bradford on Avon on Wednesday night and is set to become the go-to board game for Christmas.
Since its launch, it has received instant popularity in schools in countries around the world, including the Stonar Independent School in Atworth.
The game was presented to Mr Johnson as he recovered from Covid and was accepted with great enthusiasm as “a gift for the nation”.
Prometheus, translated in Greek mythology as “foresight,” is easy to learn for ages seven and up and fun to play for the whole family.
No two games are the same and the games last about 15 to 20 minutes, which is much shorter than many games of chess.
The strategy game has already received many accolades in schools, colleges and universities. It is now regularly played at the Stonar Independent School where it takes place alongside the Chess Club.
Curtis, who is now a private tutor, says play is already proving to have a positive impact on improving well-being and controlling math anxiety.
Bella (Grade 12) said, “Prometheus is an amazing new game that has more complexity than checkers and is also more playable than chess. It’s easy to learn and tactically intense.
Aaron (13th grade) said: “Prometheus is a fantastic game! It sharpens your mind and really gets you thinking! It is also exceptionally well done. Evolutionary strategy is exciting with seemingly endless possibilities for problem solving and risk taking. We love it! ”
Alfar (12th grade) said: “Prometheus is so creative! It’s tactically and strategically harder than chess but easier to learn.
The consumer version of Prometheus has a suggested retail price of £ 34.95 and is manufactured by Cartamundi at its Waterford, Ireland factory, alongside the hugely popular board games Monopoly and Cluedo.
It is available online and will soon be available through Amazon. The color deluxe version has an MSRP of £ 199 and the Super Deluxe version has an MSRP of £ 245.