- Designer Workshop - w/ Tutorials
This page is about the 2nd Edition of Invention.
In any battle to conquer the world, the force with the better technology will have an advantage. In this map each of the four contenders for world dominance has a 'tech tree' which represents technological developments they can invent.
New to Invention? See the quick start guide at the bottom!
This description assumes you are familiar with wargear terms like 'artillery border', 'view border', 'fortify border', 'factory' and 'capital'. If you do not know what those mean, check out the FAQ: http://www.wargear.net/help/display/FAQ
|A game in progress. We see things from China's, the Green player's, perspective. Green was recently invaded by Blue, but has the first three green (life) techs, so is not out yet.|
There are four 'civilizations' that are assigned to players randomly.
Each player starts with a capital city (marked with a star). If you lose your capital you will be eliminated (unless you've taken possession of another capital already).
Players always start with their capital city (London, DC, Capetown, Beijing), and their 'homeland'. The 'homeland' is the territory that borders the capital. Each civilization also has a 'nation' which is the wargear continent that the capital is attached and share the same name as the civlization (i.e. Britain, USA, South Africa, China). There are six super-continents on the world, corresponding to the continents in traditional Risk: North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, and Oceania. South America & Oceania are independent from the other civilizations.
|South Africa||Capetown||South Africa||Africa|
Continents on the world map work like regular Risk (i.e. control all the members at the beginning of your turn, get units to place).
You can research new technologies on the tech tree. These technologies will make it easier for you to crush your opponents.
Tech points are deposited in your flask automatically at the beginning of your turn. If you control more than one capital, you will get tech points in the flask for each capital you control. You can earn tech points in 3 ways:
1) Based upon the size of your empire.
2) Controlling 'laboratories' (territories with flasks on them)
3) From specific science (blue) techs
Technologies (techs) are represented by territories in your tech tree. Attack from your flask to “research” technology and gain their benefits. Optional Technologies (can be skipped when researching) are marked below with italics and with a circle on the board.
Their are three separate branches to the tech tree:
These bonuses are placed automatically for you
|Granary||+1 in Capital|
|Conscription||+2 in Capital|
|Sanitation||+1 in every controlled territory in Nation|
|Nationalism||+2 in every controlled territory in Nation|
|Medicine||+1 in ever controlled territory in Super-Continent|
|Propaganda||+2 in every controlled territory in Super-Continent|
|Radar||view territories within super continent except capital cities & laboratories|
|Flight||fortify within the super continent|
|Computers||+3 tech points each turn|
|Satellite||view entire map except capital cities & laboratories|
|Advanced Flight||fortify anywhere in the entire world|
|Internet||+5 tech points each turn|
Attack from Flight to take your Plane which has fortify borders to every territory in your Super-Continent. Advanced Flight works similarly, but you attack your Jet and it allows fortifies all over the world.
You attack directly from the war techs using your tech points.
|Artillery||+1 artillery attack to Nation|
|Missile||+1 artillery attack to Super-Continent|
|ICBM||+1 artillery attack to all territories on map (not capitals)|
|Nuclear ICBM||+2 artillery attack to all territories on map. (not capitals)|
|Espionage||+0 attack enemy tech (red techs are attacked at -1)|
|Assassination||+0 attack capitals|
Owning laboratories (territories with a flask in them), gives you tech points. Laboratories have a synergistic affect, so the bonus increases more than linearly as you get more laboratories.
When you use Espionage to take an enemy technology, you can reap some of it's benefits for yourself, but they don't always work the same. This section explains the differences. You can also get into this situation when a capital is captured, but an elimination doesn't occur (i.e. when the original owner of the capital had two capitals).
Green Technologies - Take an enemy green tech, and it works for you. You still need to have territory that the factory bonus would get applied to. For example, take the final green tech from China and any territories you own in Asia will get +2 at the beginning of your turn.
Radar & Satellite - These work just the same. Take them to expand your vision.
Computers & Internet - These do nothing for you, unless you also take the enemy capital, because they only put bonuses into the flask associated with that civilization. You are just denying the bonus to your enemy by taking them.
Flight & Advanced Flight - You can attack from these to the enemy plane/jet. Then once you control those, you can use them to fortify your troops. As the borders between the tech and the planes are attack only on the second edition of Invention, using espionage to take an enemies flight or advanced flight is the only way to get your tech points onto the board as usable troops on the second edition board.
Red Technologies - If you have units in an enemy red tech, you can use them to attack just as if they were your own.
|UK||Start with 2 extra units in flask.|
|USA||War technologies start with 2 less neutral each|
|Africa||5 extra units in home land|
|Asia||Life technologies start with 2 less neutral each|
|Attack Sides||Defense Sides||Board Location||Expected attacker losses per defender|
|6||6||Normal attacks & Assasination||.85|
|7||6||Artillery, Missile & ICBM attacks||.48|
|7||7||Artillery, Missile & ICBM attacks against Labs or Home Lands||.8|
|8||6||Nuclear ICBM attacks||.32|
|8||7||Nuclear ICBM attacks against Labs or Home Lands||.49|
|6||7||Land attack against Home Lands||1.24|
|6||8||Land attack against Capitals||1.62|
Review vocabulary section (just below). On your first turn, place your units in your Homeland, use your tech points in your big Flask to take Artillery (1st red tech) & clear out your Nation, then use your units in your homeland to take and secure your Nation. If you start with 3+ territories next to a Lab, try to take it on your first/second turn. Go for Australia or South America if you start with a strong presence there.
Focus on expanding near your capital first. Hold your nation and get laboratories in your super continent. Try to get the first 2-3 green techs and Computers (3rd Blue Tech) first, then work on more advanced techs.
Work on territories in the main world as if it was a typical big world map. Once you have a few continents secured, try to take a capital. Once you have a capital focus on getting laboratories and the first 2-3 green techs. Then try to get computers, and then go for ICBM, and other advanced techs.
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Special thanks to CK66, Cona Chris, Livia, and Mongo for all the help with dev games.