Official Guide – WoMen in Science

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This guide aims to tell you everything you need to know to enjoy the game, and more.
 
 

Controls

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Mouse & Keyboard

 
 
The avatar’s movement is controlled with the WASD keys (ZQSD on AZERTY keyboards).
 
 
The mouse controls interactions with the world. When the pointer hovers a world object that you can interact with, an icon appears. If it is red, it means that you are too far, or you currently don’t have the necessary tool in your tool belt. When the color is not red, you can left-click to perform the action. If it is a repetitive action, such as waving the axe multiple times to cut a tree, you can simply hold the button until it’s finished.
 
 
In the inventory, the right-click is used to consume food or use some items. In shops, it is used to sell an item. If you drag and drop a stack of items with a right-click, or if you press SHIFT, it will only move one item. If you use the middle-click or press CONTROL, it will move half of the stack.
 
 
The ESC key opens the options menu, M opens the map, I the inventory. F8 opens the bug report window.
 
 

Gamepad

 
 
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The avatar’s movement is controlled with the D-Pad (8) or the left stick (1). When you approach an interactable world object, an icon will appear. Pushing the A button will perform the action. If there are multiple objects in range, pushing X will cycle to the next one.
 
 
The Y button opens and close the inventory. B opens the options menu.
 
 
The left and right bumpers (2 & 7) will change the currently selected tool in your tool belt.
 
 
 

Growing Plants

Acquiring seeds and planting

 
 
You can buy seeds directly from Albert’s shop, or craft them from fruits or vegetables you harvested. You can also occasionally harvest random seeds, sometimes with random genetic traits, when you cut grass or flowers. The seed packet color lets you know what temperature the plant will tolerate – red for hot, blue for cold. If the temperature is not adequate, planting a cold tolerant plant outside in summer for example, the plant will wait without growing.
 
 
To plant seeds, you first need to till the soil with your hoe. Then you select the seed packet in your tool belt, and apply it to the tilled space. The packet will be consumed.
 
 
Trees and vines can be bought from Wangari in the city market on Tuesdays. You may need to unlock some basic skills (Agroforestry, Grafting) before buying them.
 
 

Effects of plants

 
 
The different effects of plants are: attracting pollinators (pollinated flowering/fruiting plants will benefit from a productivity bonus), fixing nitrogen (fertilizes the soil), weed control which decreases competition (productivity bonus) , pest repellent (repels pests that decrease productivity), and climbing plant support (bonus for climbing plants like soybeans)
 
 
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Here we can see a soy plant with two genetic traits. The icons on the bottom show (from left to right) that the plant is fertilized, does not have weed control, climbing support or pollinators, but is protected from pests.
 
 
The 3 Sisters
 
 
Native Americans knew these benefits well, and planted corn, peas/beans, and squash close together. Peas (soybeans in game) fertilize the soil, corn provides support for them to climb, and squashes (watermelon) control weeds with their broad leaves.
 
 

Irrigation

 
 
Most plants need to be watered every other day or they will die. This can be done manually (watering can), via an automatic watering system, by a drone, or when it rains. Some plants have a genetic defect that makes them more sensitive to lack of water. A single day without being watered will kill them immediately. Other plants may have a protective gene, so they will survive dormancy no matter how long the drought lasts.
 
 
Hydroponic, Aeroponic and Aquaponic plants don’t need to be watered or fertilized, since it happens automatically by design.
 
 

Pest control

 
 
Pests will randomly attack your crops and lower their productivity. Some plants like onions and marigold naturally repell pests and can be used to protect others. You can also use your pesticide pump, but – unless you have unlocked the biocontrol skill – it will also affect pollinators.
 
 

Fertilizers and soil quality

 
 
Plants use the nutrients available in the soil in order to grow. With each harvest, the soil is impoverished. Poor soil will result in reduced harvests. Nutrients can be returned to the soil via chemical fertilizers, but their effect is temporary (1 harvest). Some plants such as soy provide bacteria that fix nitrogen from the air, which fertilizes the surrounding soil (2 harvests). Finally, compost is composed of organic matter rich in nitrogen and carbon, as well as bacteria and fungi which will allow continuous fertilization for a long period (3 harvests).
 
 
It is also possible to leave an area fallow, after ten days the soil recovers half its nutrients (1 harvest) and after 15 days in full (2 harvests).
 
 
Compost can be purchased or made using a composter. With a composter, it is interesting to try to balance the quantity of Nitrogen and Carbon (respectively, green matter and brown matter). If balanced the compost will heat up and be ready twice as fast. You can also accelerate the formation of compost by adding a mixture of bokashi bacteria, which will allow anaerobic degradation of organic matter.
 
 
Animal manure is a great source of nitrogen for composting.
 
 

Temperature and light

 
 
Some plants prefer coolness, others like heat. It is therefore necessary to take the seasons into account when choosing what to plant. In spring and fall, which are cool seasons, you can still grow heat-loving plants using a greenhouse, a polytunnel, or growing them indoors with heating and lighting.
 
 
In summer, it is possible to grow plants that prefer to cool indoors with an air conditioning system and lighting.
 
 

Genetics

 
 
Seeds harvested while cutting grass or crafted can have random genetic traits :
 

  • High Quality
  • Extra Productivity
  • Fast Growth
  • Needs Less Water
  • Pest Repellant
  • Low Quality
  • Low Productivity
  • Slow Growth
  • Needs More Water
  • Pest Attractor

Once you have the Genetic Mapping skill, you can use a CRISPR machine (you can craft it or use the one located in the university’s laboratory) to remove and add genes to your seeds. In the seeds appearing naturally, you can have up to two positive traits. With the CRISPR machine you can have 3.
 
 

Pot cultures and hydroponics

 
 
Rather than growing in the ground, one can choose to grow in pots (placed outside, in greenhouses, or inside), in hydroponics (the roots are in a mixture of water and nutrients) which eliminates the need for fertilizing or watering.
 
 
Aeroponics is similar to hydroponics except that the nutrient mixture is sprayed at regular intervals which gives more oxygen to the roots that are in the air, for a higher yield.
 
 
Aquaponics consists of using nutrients from an aquarium, thus harvesting both fish (or crustaceans) and plants. Pots and hydroponic systems can be placed outdoors, in greenhouses or indoors (with a light source).
 
 
 

Raising Animals

Before buying animals, you need to create a building for them. Small animals like chickens and rabbits will live in a coop or deluxe coop, and large animals (cows, goats) need a barn.
 
 

Buying Animals

 
 
There are two ways to buy animals. You can go to Temple Grandin in the farm, south of the player starting position and buy babies. Their genetics will be randomized, so you can have animals of any color. If you want to buy adult animals and chose their color, you will need to unlock the animal market festival.
 
 
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Reproduction

 
 
If you have both male and female animals in the same building, and there is enough free space for the little ones, the females will get pregnant and produce babies. Cows and goats will only have one offspring, while rabbits and chickens will fill up all available space (up to 5 babies in a deluxe coop).
 
 
The colors of the babies will be transmitted from both parents. Some colors such as grey or chocolate in rabbits are a combination of two different genes (black + white = grey, brown + black = chocolate). Some colors are recessive and need genes from both parents to be the same (Teal color in rabbits for instance). Other colors are dominant, and just one gene will prevent the other one to express itself. Because of that, it can sometimes take two generations to discover that your animals had a recessive color.
 
 
The rarest colors will cost more, and can be a good investment if you intend to sell the offsprings.
 
 

Keeping animals happy

 
 
The happiness of your animals will grow if you pet them regularly, but decrease if they don’t have food and water when they can’t feed outside (rainy days and winter) or if their building is dirty (manure). Barn animals eat hay, while coop animals eat a special animal feed. Both can be crafted or bought.
 
 
The first time you click an animal will pet them, the second time will open their information panel where you can kill, sell, rename or move them to another building if you have more than one.
 
 
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Milk, eggs, meat and resale

 
 
Adult hens will produce eggs almost every day if they are happy. They do not need a rooster. Milk is more demanding, a cow will need to have a baby before she produces milk, so you’ll need to have a male and free space in your barn. At anytime you can remove an animal either by selling it or butchering it. The second option will give you meat if the animal is old enough.
 
 
 

Buildings

There are 5 buildings in game. The shed is a small building that can be used to store boxes, machines and potted or hydroponic plants.
 
 
The coop and deluxe coop are used to raise small animals like rabbits and chickens. The standard coop has 4 spaces and deluxe coop has 6. Coops include a feeder that the animals will use when they can’t eat outside (rainy days and winter)
 
 
The barn is used to raise larger animals (goats and cows). They have a water feeder and a hay feeder, balls of hay can be transferred inside using the outside ramp.
 
 
Greenhouses permit to plant hot weather plants in Spring and Fall. During the winter, you can plant cold weather plants.
 
 

 
 

BluePrintPriceWoodRocksPlastic
Shed3004510
Coop450605
Deluxe Coop6008020
Barn80010025
Greenhouse400301515

 
To create a building, you need to buy its blueprint. You can then reuse it to build as many buildings of the same type as you like. Using the blueprint on your terrain will create a foundation zone. You will have to bring materials (wood, rocks, sometimes plastic) to upgrade the zone until the building is finished.
 
 
Unfinished buildings can be destroyed with the axe. Destroying a finished building will produce an object that you can use to move the building somewhere else. If there are animals in the building, they will disappear until the building is placed somewhere. If you destroy the object, the animals will be lost.
 
 
 

Skills

There are 3 skill trees : Agronomy, Electronics and Food Chemistry. The skills are unlocked using points representing Hard Work, Knowledge, and Creativity. Most points are earned by questing, playing minigames, discovering new genes, and bringing artifacts to the museum. You will aslo earn Hard Work points when you work on your farm and occasionally knowledge point when you do a task for the first time.
 
 
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Agronomy

 
 
There are 12 skills in the agronomy tree : Agroforestry, Grafting, Bee Friendly, Beekeeping, Stingless bees, Composting, Permaculture, Biocontrol, Aeroponics, Aquaponics and Hydroponics.
 
 

Electronics

 
 
The smallest tree with only 6 skills : Blockchain, Robotics, 3D Printing, AI, Deep Learning, and LIDAR.
 
 

Food Chemistry

 
 
There are 11 skills, mostly related to cooking : Maillard Reaction, Emulsion, Coagulation, Umami, Sous-Vide, Espuma, BBQ & Smoking, Saponification, Alcoholic Fermentation, Lactic Fermentation and Acetic Fermentation.
 
 
 

Museum Artifacts

When you meet Carl von Linneaus for the first time, he will tell you that you can bring the artifacts you find to his museum. When you talk to him there, a dialog option will allow you to donate your artifacts. He will then inspect your inventory (and may comment depending on what he finds there, if you have fish or cheese for example) and remove the artifacts he finds. Each artifact triggers a quick explanation of what it is.
 
 

 
 
The spots where you can dig artifacts change every day, and there are always 5. White particles are visible on top of the spot, but they can be difficult to see. An artifact detector can be built to make the search much easier (but you have to keep it as your current selected object for it to work).
 
 

 
 
 

Museum Artifacts : List

Artifact NameDescription
Blond WigA blond wig! That will be perfect to illustrate the disappearing blond gene myth.
 
 
 
 
 
If you are familiar with genetics, you know that some genes are dominant and others are recessive. The blond hair gene is recessive, which means that you need to have one from your father and one from your mother to be blond.
 
 
 
 
 
That led people to imagine that blonds would disappear. But the genes are still there, and that is why two parents with dark hair can still have a blond child, if both give him the blond gene that is not expressed in themselves.
Bonsai KittenA bonsai kitten! Would you believe that people thought this was a real thing in the early days of the internet ?
Cat BoxSchrödinger’s cat box! It’s a thought experiment in quantum mechanics. According to the current interpretation, the cat should be both alive and dead until it is observed, which of course is not possible.
 
 
 
 
 
It shows that scientists haven’t yet fully understood how the mathematics of quantum mechanics translate into reality.
Dragon in my garageCarl Sagan claimed he had a dragon in his garage. But it is an invisible one, moreover it is completely undetectable. The analogy explains why we should not consider arguments that can’t be scientifically tested, because if we can’t test it, how is it different than if there was nothing at all ?
Flying Spaghetti MonsterAh, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a satirical deity that shows that our tolerance and respect for beliefs must stop where the science class begins. If we decide to teach creationism on par with Darwinian evolution, then we should do the same for all types of beliefs, including pastafarism.
Grey GooThe infamous gray goo! Imagine if we could build self-replicating nanomachines. They could be extremely efficient to clean up an oil spill or terraform a planet, but they could also destroy our world in a matter of days.
 
 
 
 
 
This brings us to another philosophical question: why do we not detect other advanced civilizations in the Universe? Could it be that any civilization reaching a certain technological level is doomed to disappear? I’m glad that for now this is just science fiction.
Iron MaidenOuch! It stings! There is no evidence that iron maiden such has this one ever existed during the Middle Ages.
Moon RockWhat do we have here ? Looks like a moon rock! That may not be enough to convince people that the moon landing wasn’t a hoax, though!
 
 
 
 
 
It’s usually when they learn the astronauts installed reflectors that could be seen from observatories around the world that they realize they had to be there.
Occam’s RazorAh, Occam’s razor, a very useful tool for scientists. It can be tempting to create a more complex explanation for a phenomena. This principle states that you should always use the simplest explanation, the one that requires the fewest assumptions while still explaining all the results.
Pierre Brasseau’s PaintingNice painting! It was exposed in an avant-garde modern art gallery. Some art critics judged it as excellent work, not knowing it was a hoax and that Pierre Brassau was actually a chimpanzee.
Space PenThere are many urban legends about NASA, one of them is that it spent millions creating a pen that would work in space, while the Russian agency would simply use pencils.
 
 
 
 
 
The space pen was actually developed by a private company, and both agencies bought a few hundreds for about $4 per pen.
Perpetual Motion MachineThe elusive perpetual motion machine! You can find many plans and prototypes, but strangely, once you want to try one, it never works. Probably because they defy the laws of physics!
Russel’s teapotIsn’t that teapot supposed to orbit the sun between Earth and Mars ? At least, that’s what Russell claimed to explain that the burden of proof lies upon the person making an unfalsifiable claim.
 
 
 
 
 
In other words, we don’t have to prove that there is no teapot in the sky, it’s up to the person claiming there is one to prove it.
Selfish GeneThe selfish gene, by Richard Dawkins! Great book! It explains natural selection from a molecular perspective, and how our group behaviors evolved.
 
 
 
 
 
It is also where the word “meme”, a culturally transmitted entity, comes from. That was years before the internet became popular.
Tongue MapWhat is this ? A map of the tongue ? Oh yes, until the 1990s, it was taught in schools that some parts of the tongue were exclusively associated with a specific taste like salty, sweet or bitter. It was later found that tastes come from all regions, although some are more sensitive than others.
Ummo LetterUmmo letters! Not everyone has heard of this one. In the 1960s, letters circulated in the scientific community pretending that they were from beings from another planet. It lasted 25 years, and quite a few scientists fell for it.
Viking HelmetDid you know that there is no evidence that Vikings wore horned helmets ? The popular image came from operas and cartoons during the 19th century.
Astronaut PetroglyphExtraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. It will take much more than a drawing to prove that alien astronauts visited our ancestors.
Bermuda TriangleMmmmh… A map of the Bermuda Triangle. There have been some incidents there, but considering the number of planes and ships that pass through on a regular basis it shouldn’t come as surprising.
Bigfoot signBigfoot is one of my favorites cryptozoology creature, second only to the Loch Ness Monster.
Two sided brainAre you left-brained or right-brained ? Do you use only 10% of your brain ? Let’s use 100% to dismiss these myths!
Crop Circle KitNice! A cord and planks, those are all the tools you need to make crop circles!
Detox DrinkThere’s nothing wrong with liking green milkshakes or seeking to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. But PLEASE, don’t call it a “Detox” diet …
 
 
 
 
 
The human body has kidneys and a liver to remove toxins. These wonderful organs will detox you for free, day after day!
Geocentric Solar SystemOh, I love those! Look at the little planets, and even Pluto is there! Too bad it’s a geocentric model though.
Face on MarsPardei… pardo ? Pareidolia! That’s our human tendency of seeing things such as animals in clouds, or faces on the surface of Mars.
Fortune CookieA fortune cookie ? Let’s open it …
 
 
 
 
 
It says “Fortune cookies are actually pretty uncommon in China”. No one knows for sure, but it might be an American adaptation of a Japanese cake.
Goldfish in a bowlI can’t remember, was it 3 months ? Yeah, that’s it, goldfishes have been tested and we know that they can remember things for 3 months, or possibly longer. They can be trained, too!
Iguanodon PictureIt’s not easy to imagine what a dinosaur looked like from a few recovered bones. It should come as no surprise that our understanding changes over time, and the many different representations of the Iguanodon are a perfect illustration of this.

 
 
 

Museum Artifacts : List (Continued)

Ley LinesOh, Ley Lines! It’s really tempting to look for alignments between historic structures. But any random distribution of points will provide the same kind of alignments if it’s big enough.
Tinfoil HatYou don’t need to read my mind to know that of all the uses of aluminum foil, making hats would not be the one I recommend.
Useless BoxAaaah! Marvin Minsky’s useless box. All it does is to turn itself off, and I can’t help but feel that it judges severely the one who had the audacity to turn it on.
Lochness MonsterA picture of Nessie! Sorry Bigfoot, but the Loch Ness Monster will always be my favourite cryptid.
Piltdown SkullThese remains were attributed to the Piltdown Man. It was supposed to be the “missing link” between humans and apes. The skull was in fact a composite of orangutan mandibles and a human cranium.
Dürer’s RhinocerosDürer’s Rhinoceros is even more amazing when you realize Dürer never saw one himself and relied exclusively on testimonials. There are a few errors, but for the year 1515, it was pretty accurate.

 
 
 

Crafting

You can craft basic items directly from your inventory. More complex crafting recipes will require a cooking station, a barbecue, a winemaker kit, a 3D Printer, or an extractor. Some recipes require unlocking a specific skill before they can be used.
 
 
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Crafting Quality

 
 
Some items have a quality rating (bronze, silver or gold star). When crafting these items, a wheel will appear and roll to decide the quality of the item(s) produced. If you use quality ingredients, a different wheel is used with better chance of high quality results. When crafting multiple items at once, all will be of the same quality.
 
 
Seeds will have random genes according to their quality level. Gold quality seeds have two positive genes, silver have one positive gene, and bronze have one positive and one negative genes.
 
 
 

Crafting : Recipe List

ItemSkill RequiredMachineIngredients
Cooling System3D Printing3D Printer1 Motor, 10 Plastic Wire
AlcoholAlcoholic Fermentation10 Corn, or 1 Honey, or 10 Potatoes, or 1 Wine
Artifact DetectorLIDAR3D Printer1 Rasduino, 1 Magnet, 10 Plastic Wire
Bee’s waxExtractor1 Hive Frame or Melipona Hive Frame
ButterExtractor1 Cream
Chicken Feed2 Corn, or 10 hay, or 4 Soy, or 2 Sunflowers
Compost (bokashi)5 Manure, 1 Bokashi starter
Cooking Station3D Printer50 Wood, 50 Rocks
CreamExtractor1 Raw Milk
Extractor3D Printer1 Motor, 1 Rasduino, 10 Plastic Wire
Fences, Fence Door5 Wood (10 for a door)
CRISPR gene editing machine3D Printer1 Rasduino, 2 Motor, 50 Plastic Wire, 2 Magnet
Grow Lamp3D Printer1 Motor, 10 Plastic Wire
Hay1 Green Matter
Hayball5 Hay
Heat System3D Printer1 Motor, 10 Plastic Wire
Hedge Row5 green matter
Honey / Melipona HoneyExtractor1 Hive Frame or Melipona Hive Frame
BatteryRobotics3D Printer8 Battery Cells
Bearing3D Printer4 Plastic Wire
MotorRobotics3D Printer1 Rotor, 1 Stator, 5 Bearing
RotorRobotics3D Printer1 Magnet, 2 Bearing
StatorRobotics3D Printer1 Magnet, 3 Plastic Wire
Storage Box50 Wood
Robot DogDeep Learning3D Printer4 Motor, 4 Bearing, 2 Battery, 20 Plastic Wire, 1 Rasduino
MilkExtractor1 Raw Milk or 1 Almond or 2 Soy
Aeroponic SystemAeroponics3D Printer2 Motor, 30 Plastic Wire
Hydroponic SystemHydroponics3D Printer3 Motor, 30 Plastic Wire
Aquaponic SystemAquaponics3D Printer1 Motor, 15 Plastic Wire
BBQBBQ30 Plastic Wire, 20 Wood
BeehiveBeekeeping80 Wood
Bug HotelBee Friendly50 Wood
Compost HeapComposting80 Wood
DroneAI3D Printer4 Motor, 8 Bearing, 2 Battery, 20 Plastic Wire, 1 Rasduino
Melipona HiveStingless Bees120 Wood
PolytunnelPermaculture3D Printer5 Plastic Wire
WaterstationBee Friendly50 Rocks
Winemaker’s kitAlcoholic Fermentation3D Printer50 Wood, 50 Plastic Wire
Perfume (7 flavors)Saponification1 Alcohol + (fruit/flower)
Soap (7 flavors)Saponification1 Cooking oil, 5 rocks + (fruit/flower)
Planting Pot5 Rocks
SaffronExtractor4 Crocus flowers
Seeds (18 types)Fruits or Vegetables
SprinklerRobotics3D Printer1 Motor, 5 Plastic Wire
Sprinkler ProRobotics3D Printer3 Motor, 15 Plastic Wire
Sprinkler Pro UltraRobotics3D Printer5 Motor, 25 Plastic Wire
BaconMaillard ReactionCooking Station1 Beef meat or 1 chicken meat
Cheese (bleu, brie, cheddar,
 
 
 
gouda, mozzarella)
CoagulationCooking Station2 Milk
CheeseburgerCooking Station
 
 
 
or BBQ
1 Flour, 1 Tomato, 1 Tomato Sauce, 1 Beef Meat, 1 Cheese
Chocolate MousseEspumaCooking Station1 Chocolate, 2 Egg
Cooked EggCooking Station1 Egg
Cooked FishCooking Station1 Fish, Cooking oil, Soy Sauce
Cooked PrawnCooking Station1 Prawn
CornbreadCooking Station1 Flour, 1 Egg, 1 Milk
Corn cobBBQBBQ1 Corn
Dandelion SaladCooking Station4 Dandelion, 2 Egg, 1 Bacon
FlourCooking Station2 Corn or 1 Almond or 4 Potato or 4 Soy
FriesMaillard ReactionCooking Station2 Potato, 1 Cooking Oil
Fruit MousseEspumaCooking Station1 Egg + 1 Cherry or 8 Strawberry
KombuchaAcetic FermentationCooking Station5 Chamomile + 1 Honey or Melipona Honey
MayonnaiseEmulsionCooking Station1 Egg, 1 Cooking Oil
MirepoixCooking Station1 Onion, 2 Celery Leaf, 1 Carrot
Miso soupUmamiCooking Station1 Tofu, 1 Soy Sauce, 1 Onion
Cooking OilCooking Station4 Soy or 2 Corn or 2 Sunflower
PancakesCooking Station1 Flour, 1 Egg, 1 Milk, 1 Cooking Oil
PastaCooking Station1 Flour, 1 Egg, 1 Tomato Sauce
PizzaCooking Station1 Flour, 1 Tomato Sauce, 1 Onion, 1 Mozarella
RamenUmamiCooking Station1 Flour, 1 Tofu, 1 Soy Sauce, 1 Egg
Red WineAlcoholic FermentationWinemaker’s kit4 Blue Grape
RibsBBQBBQ1 Beef Meat, 1 Tomato Sauce, 1 Soy Sauce
Rose WineAlcoholic FermentationWinemaker’s kit4 Red Grape
SaladCooking Station5 Lettuce, 2 Tomato, 1 Mayonnaise
SatayCooking Station
 
 
 
or BBQ
1 Soy Sauce, 1 Wood + (chicken meat or beef or fish or goat or tofu)
SauerkrautLactic FermentationCooking Station2 Cabbage

 
 
 

Crafting : Recipe List (Continued)

Smoked MeatBBQBBQ1 Beef Meat, 1 Mirepoix, 1 Bacon
Soy SauceLactic FermentationCooking Station5 Soy
Steak FriesSous-VideCooking Station1 Fries, 1 Beef Meat, 1 Salad
StewCooking Station1 Mirepoix, 1 Red Wine + (1 beef or 1 goat or 1 rabbit meat)
TofuCoagulationCooking Station4 Soy
Tomato SauceEmulsionCooking Station4 Tomato
TortillaCooking Station1 Flour
Vol au VentCooking Station1 Chicken Meat, 1 Flour, 1 Mirepoix

 
 
 

Festivals & City Projects

As you progress in the game, you can decide how the city should evolve by unlocking festivals and deciding how 3 areas of the city should be used.
 
 

Festivals

 
 
Drone Festival
 
 
Once unlocked, the drone festival will take place on day 7 of each season. A small cutscene will warn the player on the day it happens. The festival is located in the city center. You can buy drones and irrigation material from Melon Husk.
 
 
A workstation triggers the drone race itself, with a different map for each season. In Spring you have an outside map with geysers that increase your drone’s speed and flags that give you more time. In summer, the race takes place in a mine, with pillars that block your path. The fall map is outside again, and introduce winds that will move your drone left or right. The winter map has snow and a mix of all the obstacles from the other seasons.
 
 

 
 
The difficulty is adaptive. At first, every time bonus gives you 5 extra seconds, but if you fail once it will give you 6 seconds and 7 if you fail 3 time or more. You’ll win third place if you arrive to the line in time, second place if your arrive with 10 seconds left or more, and 1st place if you have 20 seconds.
 
 
Agriculture Fair
 
 
The agriculture fair happens on day 30 of Spring and Fall, and takes place in the city center. It is the only place where you can buy adult animals and chose their colors. There is also a special Quiz game, you can buy food from Yvonne and trees from Wangari.
 
 
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Hackathon
 
 
The hackathon festival occurs on day 15 of winter and takes place in the makerspace. It unlocks the hacking minigame (a game similar to Wordle) and 5 new levels for Bot Arena. You can buy electronics from Grace Hopper and play a special quiz game.
 
 

 
 

City Projects

 
 
Each city zone can evolve in 3 directions : productivity, community or environment.
 
 
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Beach Zone
 
 
The beach zone can be transformed into a marina with boats, increasing commerce and offering slightly better prices for the player, a beach park with palapas, or an ecological reserve where turtles will come to nest.
 
 
Waterfall Zone
 
 
The waterfalls can be transformed into an hydroelectric dam giving free electricity, a park or an ecological sanctuary for butterflies.
 
 
Volcanic Zone
 
 
In the volcanic zone, you can use the geyser to create a geothermic power plant, create a park with educational paths or an ecological reserve that will host bisons.
 
 
 

Things you may have missed (Easter Eggs and References)

Science and History

 

  • Yvonne sometimes brags that she makes a mean Beef Stroganoff. During friendship events, she will also offer some stew to the player. This is a nod to the obituary of the real Yvonne Brill – [buzzfeed.com]  in the NY Times, which started by talking about her cooking, her husband and kids, before mentionning her remarkable work in aeronautics.
  • The robot dog that is unlocked with the “Deep Learning” skill is named “Keras K9”. Keras is an open source Python library – [keras.io]  for Deep Learning, that can be used for computer vision among other things. The look of the robot is clearly inspired by Boston Dynamics.
  • The “Rasduino Pie” device is an obvious reference to Arduino and Raspberry Pi.
  • The quest asking to bring 20 eggs to Jonas Salk is a reference to the massive amount of eggs used to produce vaccines.
  • The antivirus dialog with Anne Droyd is a nod to the antivax movement – [wikipedia.org] .
  • In Grace Hopper’s house, there is a Jolly Roger pirate flag and a clock that turns backwards, just like in her office in real life. There are also multiple references to her philosophy of “It’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission” and “If it’s not bolted down, bring it home!” in quests and friendship events.
  • When the player first interacts with Grace, she seems interrupted while saying “DATA DIVISION”. It suggests that she was thinking of a program in COBOL, a programming language she helped create.
  • During a friendship event where he gives money to the player, Jonas says “Here! Just don’t waste it on mink coats and Cadillacs!”. The real Jonas Salk was said to have little interest in money, putting it “in the category of mink coats and Cadillacs”, in other words, unnecessary things.
  • The University building and it’s fountain is inspired from the Gembloux Agro-Bio-Tech university in Belgium, where Ben, the developer, briefly studied agronomy.

 
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Video games and media

 

  • A question that randomly appears in the agriculture fair’s quiz minigame is the meaning of “Orangutan”. One of the suggested answers is “Concerned Ape”, the well known creator of Stardew Valley.
  • On the second day, a cutscene with Alexa tells that she plays “Spyrim” (Skyrim). A dialog choice lets the player answer with a reference to the “arrow in the knee – [knowyourmeme.com] ” meme.
  • In the summer drone race, some color variations of the map represent sigils from The Witcher. Some others are magical glyphs from the 1980’s game Dungeon Master, spelling the words “Zo Kath Ra” that are used at the very end of the game.
  • There are many references in the hacking minigame (itself being a mix of Wordle and the Fallout hacking minigame). You may notice references to Kali Linux, the 1994 game System Shock, the 1983 “Wargames” movie, the hunter2 IRC password meme, the blue MS-DOS editor, hex editors in general, and the easy to remember 0xBADCAFE hexadecimal address
  • When bringing artifacts to the museum, the dialog analyses the inventory content to make comments on some items. For example, if there is cheese, Carl will ask if there are old socks in there. This is a nod to Cespenar’s dialog in Baldur’s Gate II.
  • The bacon item’s description just state “Mmm… bacon”, a reference to Homer Simpson.
  • The church logo and dialog with Anne Droyd reference the “Invisible Pink Unicorn”, a parody religion that appeared on usenet group alt.atheism in the 1990s. (Another parody deity, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, is referenced as a museum artifact.)
  • Depending on dialog choices in the first meeting with Anne Droyd, she will introduce herself as a real human and refer to the player as if they are a robot pretending to be human. This is a nod to the r/totallynotrobots forum on Reddit.
  • Melon Husk sometimes presents himself as “a self-certified armchair rocket scientist with a theoretical degree in physics – [fandom.com] “. The last part is a reference to Fallout New Vegas.
  • Anne Droyd sometimes says “Some people choose to see the ugliness in this world. The disarray. I choose to see the parody.” (WestWorld), “How can you challenge a perfect, immortal, machine?” (System Shock), “Have you tried turning it off and on again ?” (IT Crowd). Anne Droyd also mentions that she met an Eliza who talked a lot. It’s the name of the first chatbot created in the 1960s.
  • Telkes sometimes says “If you say “Solar Power” three times in front of a mirror … the sun core will enter in nuclear fusion and continue to provide free energy just like every other day”, a reference to Candyman.
  • Jonas says “Excuse me, I came here to make Science progress and chew bubblegum, and I’m all out of bubblegum.”, a reference to “They Live” (1988) and Duke Nukem 3D.
  • During the Agriculture Fair, Melon Husk stays near the animal pen and says “See that, it’s actually made of chicken. You kill it, free chicken!”, a reference to British sketch comedy television show the Mitchell and Webb Situation.
  • The achievement for unlocking the Agriculture Fair is named “Harvest Moo”, a reference to Harvest Moon. There is also a reference to kid’s cartoon “Bob the builder” and the movie “Top Gun”.

 

Running gags

 
 
Telkes sometimes mentions that bringing Anne Droyd to swim in the sea was a bad idea, hinting that they short-circuited. Anne will tell a completely different version, as from their perspective it was just a dream but they woke up finding fishes. The scene is actually pictured in the spring drone race, but will pass very fast unless you slow down when you arrive at the beach part.
 
 
 

Cheat codes

To facilitate debugging, there is a command line that can be used to get money, points and objects, and change the time and date. It is highly recommended that you do not use them until you become bored with the game, as it could spoil a lot of the fun you’ll have in your first playthrough.
 
 
Cheat codes can create situations that do not normally happen in game and could provoke major bugs, please use them with caution.
 
 
As of July 2022, using cheat codes does not prevent Steam Achievements from working, but it could change in the future.
 
 
The console is invoked by pressing the F1 key.
 
 

Commands:

 

  • MaxMoney: instantly earn 1 million.
  • MaxPoints: get 999 points of each category.
  • SetHour[0-23] : set the current time of day to hour [0-23]
  • NextDay: changes the date, skipping the usual checks like plants watering (meaning your plants won’t die if you skip days repeatedly)
  • NextMonth: change the season
  • Rain, Snow, Rainstorm, SnowStorm, SpringWind, SummerWind, FallWind, Sun: triggers the corresponding weather.
  • CutScene[scene-id] : starts the corresponding cut-scene. Cutscene ids = ALEXA_BIGNEWS, DRONE, QUIZZ_HACKATHON, VALLEY_PLANT, ALEXA_VR , DRONE_RACE_INTRO, QUIZZ_INTRO, VALLEY_RES, BEACH_MARINA, HACKATHON_INTRO, QUIZZ_LAMARR, VOLCANIC_PARK, BEACH_PARK, INTRO, QUIZZ_MARKET, VOLCANIC_PLANT, BEACH_RES, INTRO_ROBOTISM, QUIZZ_TELKES, VOLCANIC_RES, CSWU_PERFUME, QUIZZ_BRILL , VALLEY_PARK
  • Give[Object Path] [amount]: Invokes an inventory object. For example : “Give Prefabs/Items/ExtractorObject 1” will create an extractor.

 
 
 

Cheat Codes : Objects

Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Almond
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Apple
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/AppleFrozen
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Apricot
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Bacon
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Beet
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/BlueGrape
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Cabbage
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Carrot
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Celery_leaves
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Celery_root
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Chamomile
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Cheese
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Cherry
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Chocolate
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/ChocolateMousse
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/CookedEgg
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/CookedFish
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/CookedPrawn
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/CookingOil
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Corn
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/CornBread
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/CornCob
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Crocus
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Dandelion
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/DandelionSalad
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Egg
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Fish
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Flour
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Fries
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/FruitMousse
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Honey
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Kombucha
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Lavender
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Lettuce
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Marigold
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Mayonnaise
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Meat
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/MeliponaHoney
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Melon
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Milk
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Mirepoix
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/MisoSoup
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Onion
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Pancakes
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Pasta
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Pea
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Pizza
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Plum
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Potato
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Prawn
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Ramen
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/RedGrape
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/RedPepper
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/RedWine
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Ribs
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/RoseWine
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Saffron
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Salad
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Sauerkraut
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/SmokedMeat
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/SoySauce
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/SteakFries
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Strawberry
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Sunflower
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Tofu
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Tomato
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/TomatoSauce
 
prefabs/Items/Consumable/Tortilla
 
Prefabs/Items/Fences/Fence
 
Prefabs/Items/Fences/Fence2
 
Prefabs/Items/Fences/Fence_Hedgerow
 
Prefabs/Items/Harvestable/4FruitsTreeObject
 
Prefabs/Items/Harvestable/AlmondTreeObject
 
Prefabs/Items/Harvestable/ApricotTreeObject
 
Prefabs/Items/Harvestable/BeehiveObject
 
Prefabs/Items/Harvestable/CherryTreeObject
 
Prefabs/Items/Harvestable/GrapeVineTreeBlueObject
 
Prefabs/Items/Harvestable/GrapeVineTreeRedObject
 
Prefabs/Items/Harvestable/MeliponaBeehiveObject
 
Prefabs/Items/Harvestable/PlumTreeObject
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Blond wig
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Bonsai kitten
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Cat box
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Dragon
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/FSM
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Grey goo
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Iron maiden
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Moon rock
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Occam razor
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Painting
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Pen
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Perpetual motion machine
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Russel teapot
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Selfish gene
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Tongue map
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Ummo letter
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Viking helmet
 
Prefabs/Items/Plants/SeedBeet
 
Prefabs/Items/Plants/SeedCabbage
 
Prefabs/Items/Plants/SeedCarrot
 
Prefabs/Items/Plants/SeedCelery
 
Prefabs/Items/Plants/SeedChamomile
 
Prefabs/Items/Plants/SeedCorn
 
Prefabs/Items/Plants/SeedCrocus
 
Prefabs/Items/Plants/SeedLavender
 
Prefabs/Items/Plants/SeedLettuce
 
Prefabs/Items/Plants/SeedMarigold
 
Prefabs/Items/Plants/SeedMelon
 
Prefabs/Items/Plants/SeedOnion
 
Prefabs/Items/Plants/SeedPea
 
Prefabs/Items/Plants/SeedPotato
 
Prefabs/Items/Plants/SeedRedPepper
 
Prefabs/Items/Plants/SeedStrawberry
 
Prefabs/Items/Plants/SeedSunflower
 
Prefabs/Items/Plants/SeedTomato
 
Prefabs/Items/Tool/Axe
 
Prefabs/Items/Tool/Compost
 
Prefabs/Items/Tool/Hoe
 
Prefabs/Items/Tool/Pickaxe
 
Prefabs/Items/Tool/Polytunnel
 
Prefabs/Items/Tool/Pump
 
Prefabs/Items/Tool/Scythe
 
Prefabs/Items/Tool/WaterCan
 
Prefabs/Items/3DPrinterObject
 
Prefabs/Items/AeroponicsObject
 
Prefabs/Items/AirConObject
 
Prefabs/Items/AquaponicsObject
 
Prefabs/Items/BarbecueObject
 
Prefabs/Items/BarnBluePrintObject
 
Prefabs/Items/Battery
 
Prefabs/Items/BatteryCell
 
Prefabs/Items/Bearing
 
Prefabs/Items/BeeWax
 
Prefabs/Items/BugHotelObject
 
Prefabs/Items/Butter
 
Prefabs/Items/CompostHeapObject
 
Prefabs/Items/CookingStationObject
 
Prefabs/Items/Coop2BluePrintObject
 
Prefabs/Items/CoopBluePrintObject
 
Prefabs/Items/Cream
 
Prefabs/Items/DroneObject
 
Prefabs/Items/ExtractorObject
 
Prefabs/Items/GreenhouseBluePrintObject
 
Prefabs/Items/GreenMatter
 
Prefabs/Items/GrowLampObject
 
prefabs/Items/Hay
 
prefabs/Items/HayBall
 
Prefabs/Items/HeatingSystemObject
 
prefabs/Items/HiveFrame
 
Prefabs/Items/HydroponicsObject
 
Prefabs/Items/Magnet
 
prefabs/Items/MeliponaHiveFrame
 
Prefabs/Items/Motor
 
Prefabs/Items/PlantingPotObject
 
Prefabs/Items/PlasticWire
 
Prefabs/Items/RasduinoPie
 
prefabs/Items/RawMilk
 
Prefabs/Items/Rotor
 
Prefabs/Items/ShedBluePrintObject
 
Prefabs/Items/SmallRock
 
Prefabs/Items/Soap almond
 
Prefabs/Items/Soap apricot
 
Prefabs/Items/Soap chamomile
 
Prefabs/Items/Soap cherry
 
Prefabs/Items/Soap lavender
 
Prefabs/Items/Soap strawberry
 
Prefabs/Items/Soap watermelon
 
Prefabs/Items/Sprinkler1 Object
 
Prefabs/Items/Sprinkler2 Object
 
Prefabs/Items/Sprinkler3 Object
 
Prefabs/Items/Stator
 
Prefabs/Items/StorageBoxObject
 
Prefabs/Items/WaterStationObject
 
Prefabs/Items/WinemakerKitObject
 
Prefabs/Items/Wood
 
Prefabs/Items/Fences/FenceDoor
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Astronaut
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Bermuda
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/BigFoot
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Brain
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/CropCircle
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Detox
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/EarthCentered
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/FaceOnMars
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/FortuneCookie
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Goldfish
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Iguanodon
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/LeyLines
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Lochness
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/PiltdownSkull
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/Rhino
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/TinfoilHat
 
Prefabs/Items/Museum/UselessBox
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/BeefMeat
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/GoatMeat
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/RabbitMeat
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/ChickenMeat
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/BlueCheese
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/GoudaCheese
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/BrieCheese
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/MozzarellaCheese
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/CheeseBurger
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Satay
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/VolAuVent
 
Prefabs/Items/Pelt
 
Prefabs/Items/Perfume almond
 
Prefabs/Items/Perfume apricot
 
Prefabs/Items/Perfume chamomile
 
Prefabs/Items/Perfume cherry
 
Prefabs/Items/Perfume lavender
 
Prefabs/Items/Perfume strawberry
 
Prefabs/Items/Perfume watermelon
 
Prefabs/Items/HuskBoxObject
 
Prefabs/Items/Consumable/Stew
 
Prefabs/Items/Manure
 
Prefabs/Items/Fertilizer
 
Prefabs/Items/Bokashi
 
Prefabs/Items/ChickenFeed
 
Prefabs/Items/Worms
 
Prefabs/Items/Alcohol
 
Prefabs/Items/GeneSplicingMachineObject
 
Prefabs/Items/Tool/ArtifactDetector
 
Prefabs/Items/SpotRobotFlute
 
 

Written by ben

 
 
Here we come to an end for the Official Guide – WoMen in Science guide. I hope this guide has helped you with your gameplay. If you have something to add to this guide or believe we forgot some information to add, please let us know via comment! We check each comment manually by approving them!
 


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