20th Century Technologies

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor

Discovering 20th Century Technologies


Hey there! Today, I want to talk about the incredible technologies that emerged in the 20th century. It’s truly amazing how these inventions have shaped the world we live in today. So, join me as we embark on a journey through time, exploring some of the most influential technological advancements of the last century!

The Telephone: Connecting People Like Never Before

Let’s start our journey by looking at the telephone. Can you imagine a time when people couldn’t simply pick up a phone to talk to someone far away? Well, before the telephone was invented, that’s exactly how things were. But thanks to Alexander Graham Bell and his invention, we can now connect with loved ones, no matter where they are. It’s simply incredible!

The Television: Bringing Entertainment into Our Living Rooms

Next up, we have the television. Now, I know it may be hard to believe, but there was a time when people couldn’t sit back and enjoy their favorite shows from the comfort of their own homes. The television changed all that. Suddenly, people had a window to the world, right there in their living rooms. It revolutionized the way we consume media, and it’s hard to imagine life without it.

The Computer: Opening Up a World of Possibilities

Now, let’s talk about the computer. When I say computer, you might think of a sleek laptop or a powerful desktop machine. But did you know that the first computers were massive machines that took up entire rooms? It’s true! It’s amazing to think how far we’ve come since then. Computers have transformed the way we work, learn, and communicate. They’ve opened up a world of possibilities, and we owe a lot to those early pioneers in the field of computing.

The Internet: Connecting Us in Ways We Never Imagined

Speaking of communication, let’s not forget about the internet. Ah, the internet – a true game-changer! It’s hard to put into words just how much this invention has impacted our lives. With the internet, we can access information from all around the world, stay connected with friends and family, and even shop for groceries without leaving our homes. It’s a technological marvel that has truly brought us closer together.


Well, my friend, we’ve reached the end of our journey through the 20th century technologies. I hope you’ve enjoyed this exploration of some of the most groundbreaking inventions of our time. From the telephone to the internet, each of these technologies has played a crucial role in shaping the world we live in today. So, here’s to the visionaries and innovators who brought us these marvels – may their legacy continue to inspire future generations to push the boundaries of what’s possible!

Hey there! Let’s talk about institutions and how they work in the game.

A. Institutions

Institutions are special buildings that serve different purposes in the game. There are three types of institutions:

  1. Mines – These increase the production of coins.
  2. Laboratories – These increase the production of science points.
  3. Hospitals – These increase the production of victory points.

When you acquire a new institution, you add it to your region during the Upkeep phase, following the rules for attaching new land tiles. However, when it comes to scoring points, the institution doesn’t count as a land tile.

Here’s an important thing to note: institutions don’t have any citizen tokens or garbage tokens on them. And if you’re wondering, railroads can’t transport garbage through an institution tile. But don’t worry, citizens can still be transported, and I’ll explain how in the section on locomotives.

So, next time you’re playing the game, keep an eye out for those institutions. They can have a big impact on your coin, science point, and victory point production. Have fun!

Institutions don’t just magically create coins, science points, or victory points. Instead, they have the power to boost a nearby city’s production. To benefit from the technology tile’s production bonus, the city needs to have a citizen token occupying it.

It’s important to note that a city can only receive a production bonus for something it can produce by itself. The city and the institution must be right next to each other and connected by a rail link that doesn’t pass through any other cities.

However, if two cities are connected to an institution by a rail link that splits before reaching any other cities, both of them can enjoy the production bonus.

In this country, we have a total of 4 coins, 8 science points, and 1 victory point. Now, let’s dive into the details.

The laboratory plays a crucial role in increasing the science point production in cities A and B. Each of these cities produces 3 science points, thanks to the influence of the laboratory.

However, city C is not as fortunate. It doesn’t enjoy the benefits of the laboratory because it is not connected to it by a railroad. As a result, city C only produces 2 science points on its own.

Now, let’s talk about city D. Although it is connected to the laboratory, it doesn’t contribute any science points by itself. Therefore, city D misses out on the science point bonus as well.

In this country, we have 3 coins, 4 science points, and 0 victory points. Unfortunately, City E won’t get the laboratory bonus because the rail link goes through another city.

But City F is in luck! It will receive the bonus and produce 2 science points.

B. Single-use Technologies

These technologies are special because they aren’t connected to our land tiles. Instead, we keep them near our player board. There are a few different single-use technologies:


Hey there! I’ve got some really exciting news for you. Thanks to a groundbreaking medical breakthrough, you can now boost the population of your country! How cool is that? Just imagine the possibilities. With this amazing technology, you can place one of your citizen tokens on the special tile.

Now, let’s talk about how it works. During the Upkeep phase of any round, you have the option to place this citizen token in any city in your country that doesn’t already have a citizen in it. It’s like magic! With a single move, you can expand your population and make your country even stronger.

But here’s the catch – this technology is a one-time deal. It only gives you one token, and not one token every round. However, once you’ve placed that token in a city, it becomes a permanent part of your country. Just like all the other citizens, it’ll stay there and be part of your growing population.

Oh, and by the way, have you heard about the Bridge technology? It’s another exciting development in this game. But we’ll get to that later. Right now, let’s focus on the incredible opportunity to increase your country’s population. It’s a game-changer, my friend!

So go ahead, take advantage of this amazing advancement and watch your country thrive. The choice is yours, and the future is bright. Good luck, and may your population soar to new heights!

So, here’s the deal. Your engineers have been hard at work building a bridge. And now, it’s time for you to take that bridge and place it on a nifty technology tile. Now, pay attention, because during the Upkeep phase of any round, you get the opportunity to add this shiny new bridge to your railroad system. Sounds exciting, right?

But hold your horses, my friend. There’s one important thing you should know. This bridge is a one-time deal. Yep, you heard me right. You only get one bridge out of this technology. So, make sure you choose wisely where to place it. Because once it’s there, it becomes a permanent part of the landscape. No take-backs, no moving it later. It’s there to stay.

Now, let’s talk about how this magnificent bridge works. Basically, it’s like an extra railroad track. But here’s the catch – when you place the bridge, you gotta follow some rules. Don’t worry, they’re not too strict, but they’re important to ensure everything runs smoothly. Here’s what you need to keep in mind:

  1. The bridge must be entirely on one tile. Yep, you can’t have it split across different tiles or anything. Keep it all in one place, whether it’s a land tile or an institution tile.
  2. The bridge must be straight. No curvy bridges here, my friend. It’s gotta be a straight shot. But hey, you can make it as long as you want. So, get creative!
  3. Lastly, the bridge can’t cross any railroad tracks or cities. But don’t worry, it can still end at a track or a city if that’s where you want it to go.


Hey there! Let me explain how this bridge works. You see, when you have a recycling center on the right land tile and a garbage token on the left land tile, this bridge comes to the rescue. It allows the recycling center to get rid of that pesky garbage token so that you no longer have to worry about it.


When I look at the bridge, I can’t help but wonder about its purpose. It’s a structure that connects two separate areas, a link between two parts of a city. And as I stand here, I can’t help but feel a sense of intrigue. This bridge holds so much potential, not just for transportation but for progress and growth. You see, this bridge, with its solid structure and sturdy foundation, serves a greater purpose. It acts as a catalyst, a driver of scientific advancement. You might be wondering how a bridge can be linked to scientific progress. Well, let me explain. This bridge has an incredible power. It gives each city it connects an extra point of science production. Just think about it – every time someone crosses this bridge, every time a traveler steps foot on it, it’s like they are carrying a small piece of knowledge with them. And that knowledge, that insight, is shared with the city they enter. Imagine the possibilities. This bridge, with its ability to elevate a city’s science output, can spark a chain reaction of discoveries, innovations, and breakthroughs. It’s a double-edged sword, really. On one hand, it can regenerate a city’s response to scientific challenges, fueling research and development. But on the other hand, it can also create a sense of competition. Cities, now aware of the potential scientific gains, will strive to outdo each other. They’ll invest more resources, allocate more funds, and push the boundaries of knowledge. The race for scientific dominance begins. So, my friend, the bridge is more than just a physical connection. It’s a symbol of progress and collaboration. It’s a gateway to new ideas and discoveries. And if you’re someone who appreciates the value of science and its impact on society, then you’ll love the bridge. You’ll see it as a beacon of hope, a testament to human ingenuity. Of course, choosing the right location for a bridge is crucial. You have to take into account the needs of the city, the flow of traffic, and the potential for growth. It’s a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. But with these factors in mind, with an understanding of the bridge’s potential, you can make an informed choice. So, my friend, next time you see a bridge, remember that it’s more than just a structure. It’s a symbol of progress, a catalyst for scientific advancement, and a testament to human curiosity and innovation. Let’s embrace the power of the bridge and the possibilities it holds. Together, let’s cross new horizons and explore new frontiers. With these thoughts in mind, I invite you to embark on your own journey of discovery. Follow the path that leads you to new knowledge, new experiences, and new perspectives. And who knows? Maybe one day, you’ll be the one crossing the bridge, carrying that small piece of knowledge with you, and sparking a new era of scientific progress.


Uh-oh, this bridge is a total no-go! See, the problem with it is that it stretches across two tiles, which makes it illegal. Not cool, right?


So, here’s what happened. During the game, both bridges were put in place at the same time. Pretty cool, huh? Now, I can use a locomotive, which is like a super cool train, to move the citizen token on the left land tile to the city on the right land tile that doesn’t have anyone living in it. Or, I can move the other token from the right to the left. It’s up to me!


Imagine a scenario where a hospital is built near a river that separates two cities. In this situation, the hospital would only serve the city it is located in. However, if a bridge were to be constructed across the river, both cities would benefit from the hospital’s services and production.

Let’s think about it this way: without a bridge, only one city reaps the rewards of the hospital. But with a bridge, both cities can share in the benefits of the healthcare facility. It’s like unlocking a double bonus for both communities.

Facilitating Connections

I’m excited to share with you a new recycling campaign that my team of social engineers has developed! With this initiative, you can make a positive impact by taking part in the recycling efforts of our community.

During the Upkeep phase of each round, you have the power to remove 1 garbage token from any land tile. This action can only be taken once per Upkeep phase, but it’s a small step that can make a big difference in keeping our environment clean and sustainable.

Please note that it’s not possible to pay extra or use additional resources to remove more garbage tokens. We believe that every small action counts and can contribute to a cleaner and healthier world for all.

Let’s start by focusing on the Park. This green space is a vital part of our community, and by actively participating in the recycling campaign, you can help maintain its beauty and cleanliness. So, be sure to take advantage of this opportunity during the Upkeep phase.

Together, we can make a real impact in preserving and protecting our environment. Join us in this recycling campaign and be a champion for a sustainable future for all.

Unlike other one-time use features, this park is not a one and done type of establishment. You can visit it more than just once.

So here’s the thing – instead of impacting the environment in a big way, this technology has an immediate impact that you can see right there in the upper left corner.

C. Cool Technologies

These awesome technologies aren’t tied to the tiles on the land, you can keep them close to your player board. They give you a special power that you can use once in each Upkeep phase.

Fast Train

Hey there! So, you’ve come up with this cool passenger rail line. Pretty neat, huh? It’s the only way to get your citizen token moving after it’s been placed in a city. Each time we go through the Upkeep phase, that fancy locomotive of yours lets us transport one citizen token to a city that’s not occupied.

Now, here’s the deal: we can only move that token between two cities that are connected by railroad tracks or bridges. Oh, and no sneaking through other cities, alright? We can go through one or more institution tiles, though. Just keep that in mind.

Let me show you a few examples of how you can legally relocate that token using your awesome locomotive. Check ’em out:

When you have multiple locomotives, you can make multiple moves.

Hey there! Let me break it down for you. You can’t just move the citizen token from city A to city C because the rail link goes through city B. Even if city B is empty, it’s still not allowed. BUT, there’s a clever way around it! If you happen to have 2 locomotives, you can make a sneaky move. First, you move the token at city B to city C. Then, in the same round, you move the token at city A to city B. Ta-da! That way, you achieve exactly what you were aiming for. Pretty cool, right?

Garbage Transport

Garbage trucks are like the heroes of the city. They help us get rid of trash in a quick and efficient way. Just like trains, they play a crucial role in keeping our communities clean.

With the garbage truck technology, you have the power to move a garbage token from one place to another within your region. It doesn’t matter how far the distance is or if there are any rail links available. This technology can get the job done.

During the Upkeep phase, you can use the garbage truck once. It’s important to note that Upkeep happens before Production and Recycling. So the garbage token you move can still be recycled later in the same round.


Hey there! I have some exciting news to share with you. Our brilliant scientists have come up with a groundbreaking recycling technology. And guess what? You get to be a part of it!

Here’s how it works: during the Upkeep phase of each round, you have the option to pay the specified cost in order to remove one garbage token from any land tile. Isn’t that amazing?

But here’s the thing, you can only remove one garbage token per round. Don’t worry, though, you can’t pay extra to remove more garbage. So make sure to plan ahead and set aside enough resources to cover this cost.

What’s great about this technology is that you can use it even if you don’t have any recycling centers in operation. It’s like having a magical cleanup tool at your disposal!

Keep in mind that Upkeep occurs before Production, so remember to budget accordingly. This means making sure you have enough resources to utilize this fantastic ability.

Environmental Cleanup

I’ve got great news for you! Technology can actually help solve some of your problems. With this amazing technological advancement, you have the ability to move your pollution marker to the right by paying the specified cost. How cool is that? Keep in mind that you can only use this feature once during each Upkeep phase.

But wait, there’s more! Unfortunately, you can’t pay extra to move your marker further. So, it’s essential to plan ahead and make sure you have enough resources saved up to cover this expense. Remember, Upkeep comes before Production, so it’s wise to have some extra funds set aside.

Now, let’s talk about the major benefits this technology brings to your life. This innovative solution, known as “Quality of Life,” is a game-changer. It enhances your overall well-being and makes your everyday existence more enjoyable. It’s like having a magical wand that instantly improves your circumstances.

So, don’t underestimate the power of technology. Embrace it, and witness the positive transformation it can bring to your life. Say goodbye to your worries and say hello to a brighter future!

Hey there! I’ve got something super cool to tell you. This awesome technology can actually make your country’s standard of living even better. But, like most things in life, it comes at a price. Here’s how it works:

During the Upkeep phase, which happens once in a while, you have the chance to pay a certain cost and get a certain number of victory points in return. It’s like a little trade-off. But here’s the catch – you can’t pay more money to get extra victory points. And you can’t pay only part of the cost to get a partial bonus. Nope, it’s all or nothing, my friend.

Now, here’s a little tip for you: Upkeep happens before Production. So, if you want to take advantage of this technology, make sure you’ve saved up enough resources to pay for it. It’s kind of like planning ahead for a rainy day.

Important Info for Round Five

You might be thinking that round five is too late to start investing in multiple-use technologies. But guess what? It’s not! In fact, if you acquire a multiple-use technology in round five, you can use it not once, but twice. Yup, you heard that right. You can use it in round five and then again in round six. Talk about getting more bang for your buck!

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