I've received this game last Friday and I am seriously puzzled about the scoring : here it goes :
The rules state that any scientist (even when covered) will count towards defining the majority. The highest number will receive the highest points and the 2nd highest, the lower amount of points. If present with an equal number of scientists, the points will be split...
Having a look at the example included :
- red and green are both present with 2 (green includes 1 covered scientist) : 6+3 divided by 2 is 4.5 > makes 4 each (as per the rules?)
Yes, fractions rounded down as per the rules.
- red receiving 4 for the grave : ok
- blue receiving 2 for the stone road : also ok but why the mentioning of the green player? That he doesn't count as he's covered???
(By the way, the example shows the blue and the yellow player not on stone roads but on two seperate city walls)
The green player is mentioned just to clearify the fact, that covered figures do not count on city walls.(… and other places. Covered figures only count on cities.).
What about the points for the yellow player on the stone road?
The yellow playing figure is placed on another (again city wall and will be awarded seperately.
- wooden road : yellow and green will be sharing 2 points? So that's one for each???
That's a total of 2 points for the wooden road. Split in this example into 2 (2 players with the same number of scientists on the road).
And what's the point of scoring those elements in a specific order (cities / graves / etc...) > as far as I can see it, it doesn't really matter I think?
That's only for better overview.
Hope that helps and all the best from germany.