Terraforming Mars is a strategy board game for 1 to 5 players in which the player(s) take the role of corporations working together to terraform the planet Mars by raising the temperature, adding oxygen to the atmosphere, covering the planet's surface with water and creating plant and animal life. Players compete to earn the most victory points, which are measured by their contribution to terraforming and to human infrastructure. Players accomplish these goals by collecting income and resources which allow them to play various projects, represented by cards (drawn from a deck of over 200 unique cards), which increase their income or resources or directly contribute to terraforming the planet or building infrastructure. Wildly popular, for both solo and multiplayer board game players Terraforming Mars ranks in the Top 5 for both Strategy and Overall game on Board Game Geek of thousands of ranked games.
The expansions are listed in the order they were released. A brief description of each: Hellas and Elysium adds a double-sided board representing two new regions of Mars (in these kinds of games, new boards significantly increases replayability). Venus Next adds a new side-board representing Venus as a new terraforming opportunity and Venus related cards. Prelude adds cards that players take during setup to jump-start their production and terraforming. Colonies adds areas around the solar system for players to travel to and colonize, providing alternate ways of obtaining resources without having to play cards. Turmoil adds a Martian government with political factions, each with their own agenda, which players can influence to gain bonuses.
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