I couldnt find a clear answer in the rules, but if you dont start an explorer on a path does it score 0 points? Im assuming 0 points because of the lost cities card game. Anyone have an official answer?
reinforcing the above with a rules quote with my highlight.
Scoring an expedition
Each figure on the board earns a player victory points: • Each adventurer earns the player as many points as shown on the space where he is standing. Each researcher brings the player double the points shown on the space where he is standing.