How to play Terraforming Mars?
In this game, the players control a corporation, and buy and play cards describing different projects that directly or indirectly contribute to the terraforming process. In order to win, the player has to accumulate a good terraform rating and many victory points. Victory points are awarded for anything enhancing mankind’s grip on the solar system.
Time is measured in generations, and each generation consists of a Turn Order phase, a Research phase, an Action phase, and a Production phase. Players access new cards during the Research phase, take turns doing various actions in the Action phase, and produce resources and gain income during the Production phase. The game takes around 2hrs to play in total.
The game ends when there is enough oxygen to breathe, oceans enough to allow Earth-like weather, and the temperature is well above freezing. It will then be possible, if not comfortable, to live on the surface of Mars.
What’s included? (there’s a lot!)
- Game board
- 5 player boards
- 17 corporation cards
- 208 project cards
- 8 reference cards
- 200 player markers (transparent plastic cubes, 5 colours)
- 200 resource markers (opaque plastic cubes in gold, silver and copper)
- 3 game board markers
- 9 ocean tiles
- 60 greenery/city tiles
- 11 special tiles
- A first player tile
- Rules booklet