You control a start-up company in the early days of the U.S. electric industry. In the beginning you only have your lead inventor, some shares of preferred stock, and some money. Over the course of the game you will be hiring other famous technicians and business people to work for you. Each luminary in the game has their own unique ratings, and the inventors also have their own special abilities.
The actions that you allocate this team of exceptional historical figures to take will determine the fate of your company. There are four focuses in the game: claiming electric projects on the map, advancing up a tech tree, investing in public relations to improve public opinion of your company or the technologies it uses, and buying and selling stock on a dynamic market. You will need to pay attention to all of them but can win the game by specializing in just a specific one or two of your choice, or trying to build a more balanced company. The path you take is up to you.
A game of Tesla vs. Edison takes six turns, broken into three phases of two turns each. At the start of each phase you reveal luminaries that will be available to be hired via an auction, along with the propaganda opportunities that you will have for the phase ahead. After the luminary auction is over the turn begins.
Proceeding in order from the most famous company to the least, players choose one of their luminaries to take one of the four available actions. This process continues until each player has exhausted all of their luminaries and taken the corresponding actions. Each action takes less than a minute. Then, at the end of the turn, profits are distributed to players based on their current stock price. This will fluctuate during each turn and is impacted at different times and in different ways by each of the four core actions: claiming projects, discovering and, if available, patenting new technologies, engaging in public relations, and buying and selling stock.
After the sixth turn is over the player with the most valuable stock portfolio, including holdings in your and your opponent’s companies, wins the game.
Contents:1 board, depicting the United States, ca. 18905 inventors: Tesla, Edison, Brush, Maxim, Thomson35 Stock certificates102 Wooden markers in 6 colors36 Luminary & Propaganda cards1.64 Million dollars in luxurious bills12-page rule book
No. of Players: 2 - 5
Min. Age: 14