As the economic game models a feudal past, so the science game imitates the retro futurism of the 1930s. In the empire, only the Guilds have much in the way science training and lab equipment – just enough to fulfill their charter duties. The number of real scientists in the empire can be counted on the fingers of one hand.
The general process for this minigame is that players acquire Science project cards, decide what project to research, acquire science dice (d6), and then roll science dice to progress the chosen project towards completion. Science actions can be undertaken only by characters that have a Science rating of +1 or more.
Science Project Cards
At the start of the game, the number of project cards will be quite limited. As some projects are completed, new project options will be unlocked. The following sources exist for Science project cards:
|Discovery||Completing some science projects will unlock new science projects.|
|Exploration||If you explore a world, you may discover a Science project.|
|Imperial Archives||The Librarian Guild can draw Science project cards as a build action.|
|Imperial Minister||Can potentially use a Ministry of Conscription action to acquire Science dice.|
|Terran Scientist||Can give anyone the Scientific Method project card.|
|Trade||Players are free to trade a Science project card to one other player once they have completed the project.|
Some examples of Science Project cards (these are draft). Red text indicates a penalty or side effect that players need to remember. Most of the science projects involve pure science, warfare, economics, and superweapons.
Science dice can be kept in reserve, traded with other players, or used on researching science projects. You can acquire one science dice from the following sources:
|Source||Number of Dice|
|Science Rating||One die per point of science rating your character has.|
|Science Projects||Some completed Science projects grant bonus science dice.|
|Imperial Minister||Government power use can create some science dice.|
|Science Action||The Science build actions can build sets of three science dice.|
|Science Conference||Any character with a science rating can grant you a bonus die by visiting your world and sitting down for a one-minute conversation about science.|
Rolling the Science Dice
You can progress research on any, all, or none of your science projects. You can only roll science dice for each project once per World Phase. Each project card has six progress squares, numbered from 1-6. A die can only be placed in an empty square, with a number matching the number rolled on the dice. Extra dice with the same number are wasted research. Keep the project card and dice on your world table.
After rolling Science dice, you can spend a Zing token to either:
- Reroll three science dice of your choice; or
- Change the number rolled on one science die to a number of your choice.
Note: Your projects are public knowledge once you put a science die on them.
Completing Science Projects
When all six progress squares are filled, the project is completed. Inform Control of your accomplishment, and to get any unlocked project cards. Make notes on any bonuses you now have, and you can now trade the project card to another player for them to use.
Creating Your Own Science Project
Open projects can be found in the game, which allow you to create your own science project. You will need to discuss your ideas with Control. Anything that is too much of an “I Win” project without serious penalties or side effects will likely to be rejected. Creating a last minute invention to counter someone else’s super weapon is, however, very genre appropriate.