Terraforming Mars board game
Terraforming Mars board game

Terraforming Mars

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In the 2400s, mankind begins to terraform the planet Mars. Giant corporations, sponsored by the World Government on Earth, initiate huge projects to raise the temperature, the oxygen level and the ocean coverage until the environment is habitable. In Terraforming Mars you play one of those corporations and work together in the terraforming process, but compete in doing the best work, with victory points awarded not only for your contribution to the terraforming, but also for advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar systems and other commendable achievements. The players acquire unique project cards, which represent anything from introducing plant life or animals, hurling asteroids at the surface, building cities, and establishing greenhouse gas industries to heat up the atmosphere. You compete for the best places for your city tiles, ocean tiles and greenery tiles. When the terraforming process is complete, the player corporation with the most victory points wins.

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  • Cannot play this game too many times. It is enjoyable with all numbers of players and can choose how competitive you'd like to be. One of, if not, my favorite(s).
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    Boring and ugly.
  • Great mechanics in this game and the theme is cool. As others have mentioned, the components are a bit flimsy - no insert in the box and the player boards tend to be flimsy enough to bend slightly. The gameplay makes up for the inadequate components IMO.
  • Was all ready to love this, but didn't. Bummer. Got into it later with the app, which polished up the graphic design and added a tasty layer of sound design. But starting to wane now again...
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I've been interested in this expansion since I first watched the review after playing #Terraforming Mars this summer.  No one ever seems to have it in stock locally, and I've stopped searching online for it as the mutliple times I've looked-same issue.  I've only played muliple hands solo just to get a feel of the game and I'm looking to do a full solo mode game soon.

I played #Terraforming Mars w/ 3.  I won by 10 points.  Didn't do any card drafting since that tends to add a little bit of time to the game length and we have a pretty hard stop time.  I would have preferred drafting but my cards had pretty decent early synergy with my corporation which is always nice. 

Ended with 2 games of #Bang!: The Dice Game which I won neither of them.  The last game ended with us all dying on the Indian attack, which was a hilarious way to end the evening.

I've got #On Mars which tries to hint at the oxygen>life cycle, #Kepler-3042, #Terraforming Mars, and #Gaia Project, plus a couple games based on the Apollo Missions that are both kinda sciency. 

All my other space games are just space exploration or battle I suppose.

Worth it?