Playing Scientopoly online
There is a Google Docs version or two where you can play with someone remotely. The Google Docs version includes a built-in chat utility, although it is easier to play if you talk aloud over Skype.
One major difference between the online versions and the board versions is that it is necessary online to have a detailed record of play. This does not need to be extensive, but it must include each dice throw and each financial transaction, both the debit and matching credit. This is because it is all too easy to make mistakes (or cheat!), far more so than in an over-the-table game. Below is an example of several consecutive throws from the start and finish of a real 2-player game. The status target for the end of the game was 12. The balances are computed automatically by the spreadsheet, as is the current status total.
See the notes after the table for explanations. Note that the winning throw lands B on A's Edinburgh. B only needs one status increase to win, but first B has to pay A the $3600 Idle Org service fee and B only has $2000 cash. So B has to see if he can raise the remaining $1600 by selling back upgrades and mortgaging property to the bank. This is shown in the next several lines. B ends up raising enough money, pays A the required service donation, receives the service, increases his status to 12 and wins the game from behind.
|0||Start of game||6000||6000||50000|
|12||A||3||los angeles, buy||+1||-1000||+1000||2680||5220||53100|
|. . .||an hour or so later . . .|
|145||B||9||edinburgh, pay A first, then status||1060||2000||58940|
|146||B||x||sell 6x upgrades, squirrels at 50%||+600||-600||1060||2600||58340|
|148||B||x||sell 6 upgrades usa||+1800||-1800||1060||4900||56040|
|150||B||x||Get status. WINS!||+1 =12||4660||1300||56040|
- Line 0. $6000 is a good starting balance, along with $1000 for passing Go. The bank starting balance is arbitrary.
- Line 1. A player gets an instant-service status increase if he buys a service property from the bank.
- Line 2. All doubles should be shown, not just the dice total. Three doubles in a row sends the player to SP Hole.
- Line 2. Show the number of the card, just in case of later questions.
- Line 11. No need to note B's actual dice score as it wasn't a double.
- Line 146 and following. Sometimes it needs more than one line to make it clear what is happening with complex transactions. Use more than one if necessary. Electrons are cheap.
Google Docs allow the free hosting of spreadsheets which multiple users can read/write simultaneously. Their spreadsheet also includes a chat utility for all users of that spreadhseet at that time, although it is easier to play the game if you can talk to the other player(s) over Skype or similar. Watch the video for details of how to play over Google Docs.
Make your own copy of this Google Docs spreadsheet. Save it to your (free) account on Google Docs. Make sure you allow sharing of the document, and send the link to the other player.
Make your own copy of this Google Docs spreadsheet. Save it to your (free) account on Google Docs. Make sure you allow sharing of the document, and send the link to the other players. More coordination is needed than with only two players.
3- or 4-player versions
Edit the 5-player version to take out the rows and columns from the log that you don't need, then proceed as before.