In Lovelace & Babbage, players "program" the world's first computer, the Analytical Engine, to help famous Patrons solve challenging problems. Compete against your fellow programmers in real time. Develop your Subroutines and upgrade the shared computer. Receive Influence from Patrons in five areas of society. Balance speed, care, and clever maneuvers to win!
How to Play
Choose Your Programmer!
Each player will choose a starting deck of personal goal cards associated with a particular programmer. These goals will be unique to you, and as you achieve them, you’ll earn special abilities to bolster your game plan (or hinder your opponents’) in future rounds.
Build Your Program!
Each player will have their own program pad on which they’ll write inputs based on the shared computer board in the middle of the table. Writing these inputs will cause your starting number to change based on the mathematical input you’ve used, and you’ll use them to try and hit certain goal numbers based on your personal goals and the available patrons.
Help Famous Patrons!
It’s a race against your opponents to input your code to hit the numbers on the patron cards. If you’re the first to get your program there, you’ll solve that patron’s problem, and you’ll get to choose a resource of you choice, which will earn you end game points! But if you’re too slow, you’ll get whatever resource is leftover - or maybe none at all!
Play Time: 15-30 Minutes