|Summary: Each player picks one of 4 Final Theories of the Universe and tries to publish the research needed to support their theory and win the Nobel prize. A straight-forward optimization game, or is it?
Players chose a senior researcher, a university, a Final Theory of the Universe, and start with 2 Post Docs each. Each player sets their groups' focus value, which they can change with each turn. This focus value, the size of their group, the human forces that affect you on each turn, and how well you reward your Post Docs determines your research success each turn.
For each "publication" you get to draw a piece from "The Unknown" in an attempt to be the first to assemble your final theory. But you must also pay your Post Docs, and the amount of funds available depends on your success in winning NSF grants. This, in turn, depends on the manner in which present your theory to the public.
The search for truth may be pure, but the forces that affect you are not. Just how does one play the game of science, anyway?
|Pieces: 4 Final Theories, 4 universities, 1 NSF Grant Award Probability sheet, 7 senior researchers, 26 post docs, 90 Humanity cards, 4 Group Focus rings, 4 Research Success counters, 1 "Coffee & Pizza" die, 1 "Riesling & Sushi" die, 1 NSF Grant Award die. 30 1-mu notes, 6 1-Weinbuck notes, 4 Final Theory puzzles of 8 pieces each, and one bag labeled "The Known".