We’re delighted to bring you a fabulous new game by designer Scott Almes of Tiny Epic fame!
In Lovelace & Babbage, players program the world’s first computer 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!
Lovelace & Babbage is full of thoughtful fun and a modern-day twist on the dawn of computing. We hope you’ll embrace your inner programmer and come join the campaign!
Play as a pioneer of early computing – such as the brilliant Ada Lovelace or the marvelous Charles Babbage – to program the very first computer. Each player has their own unique Subroutines and they compete to create the best personal program.
At the game’s start, the computer is simple and you have a limited number of Operations, letting your individual strategy take shape. Later rounds bring enhancements to the computer for additional scoring opportunities.
Your goal is to identify a sequence of Engine Components in real time so your personal program generates values matching Patron and Subroutine cards. Doing so gains Influence in five different areas from the Patrons and unlocks expanded abilities for your programmer via Subroutines. Everyone’s program starts at the same place – what you do after that is up to you!
As the computer evolves, and your personal program choices impact everyone else, the race to see which programmer is best really heats up! Winning will require just enough speed to stay ahead of your opponents and just enough care to not go TOO fast. After four rounds, whoever scores the most points by developing their own computer program and collecting Influence in various areas is declared the winner!
Welcome to the fabulous world of the first computer engineers – Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage!
Playtest rules are available for more detail.