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Rick Yarto
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Everything makes sense in this game for me but the use of the tags on the right hand size of cards. When the tags are steel and titanium, they represent alternatives to paying with strictly MegaCredits for cards. Is that it? What are the other tags for, like Science and Jovian? Requirements? Alternatives to paying?? Thanks.
 
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requeriments to play other cards or for effects triggered by other cards.
 
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A Jovian tag in your tableau is required (in the base game) to play Beam From A Thorium Asteroid.

A varying number of Science tags in your tableau is required for 10-11 to play some 10-11 Corporate Era cards.

I seem to remember another Basic Card that is important for Jovian and one or more important for Science, but can't remember them.
 
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Frank Hamrick wrote:
A Jovian tag in your tableau is required (in the base game) to play Beam From A Thorium Asteroid.

A varying number of Science tags in your tableau is required for 10-11 to play some 10-11 Corporate Era cards.

I seem to remember another Basic Card that is important for Jovian and one or more important for Science, but can't remember them.


There is also a card that provides points at end of game for Jovian tags.
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Basically, if you look through the card deck, you'll see that many of them reference tags in various ways. It'll be several games probably before you see all the ways tags might be useful.

Another simple one is that science tags are on the the possible awards a player can unlock.
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Jonathan Fryxelius
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OK, a few points which might help make this clearer.
1. The tags (all round icons except oxygen) are just like keywords that tell you what the project card represents in real life. If a card has a science tag and an event tag, it means that some scientific happening just occured when you played the card. Tags have NO RULES applied to them. They do nothing on their own. They are only referenced by other effects.
2. There is no steel or titanium tag. There is a building tag and a space tag, which - on purpose - remind you of steel and titanium by having the same color and associated symbol (but not the same symbol). Note also that all resources are square icons, all tags are round icons.
3. There is a resource called steel. This resource has a rule (depicted with icons on the player board) that says that if you play a project with a building tag, steel may be used to pay for part or whole of that cost. Then, each steel resource substitutes 2M€ of that card's cost.
3. Likewise, titanium has a rule for letting you pay for cards with a space tag.
4. Other cards may have tag requirements, meaning you need those tags in play before you can play that card.
5. Other cards may have effects that reference a certain tag.

Because of the rules applied to steel and titanium, a lot of people think you can pay with plants for plant tag cards, or energy for power tag cards. But those resources do not have that extra rule.

To better understand the iconography, look at the shapes.
* Round icons are tags
* Square icons are resources
* Hexagon icons are tiles

* Red-bordered resources can affect any player.
* Brown box around resources mean production of those resources instead of actual resources.

Hope this helps.
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