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Swedish Championship

This weekend we gathered all FryxGames brothers to participate in one of Sweden’s largest board game fairs, LinCon. It has been 4 days of intense demoing, prototype testing, discussing and not least arranging the Swedish Terraforming Championship. The 20 spots available for the championship were quickly claimed, and the Friday was spent playing the three games leading up to the final on Saturday. Each participant thus played 3 games against other players, where the winner got 4 Tournament Points (TP) and any player within 5 points from the winner got 3 TP, players within 10 points received 2 TP and ending within 15 points gave 1 TP. After the three matches, the 5 players with the highest TP got to play in the finals.

Here we present the finalists:

5th place: Jenny Rydén
4th place: Valentina Chapovalova
3rd place: Henning Persson
2nd place: Aron Enström
1st place and Terraformer of the Year: Jonas Hagelid

Terraformer Finalists, Jenny Ryden, Aron Enström, Jonas Hagelid, Henning Persson, and Valentina Chapovalova. 

Conflict of Interests

As promised, we give you a new character for After the Virus. As tough as Robert may be, he’s up for a challenge when Angela comes to town to take control of the neighborhood gang. Having lost her biker brothers to the zombies, she’s been spending several weeks searching for a new community with which to battle the zombies and claim her revenge. But with all that anger along with last week’s release of the Confrontative Variant, where players can play against each other, it is not quite clear who she’ll be aiming her rifle at.

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Angela is the fifth character for After the Virus. You can download a print-and-play-friendly pdf here. With a rifle in play from the get go, she has a way of dealing with the zombies in her discard pile, which will abound with the help of Concussion Grenades and a trusted MC. As with the other characters, you will find some of the campaign missions easier, and some others significantly harder to complete. And if you get too frustrated with the campaign, just challenge your friend to a duel with the Confrontative Variant.

In fact, head over to the BoardGameGeek forum and help us decide which is the new gang leader: https://boardgamegeek.com/article/28914544#28914544

King of the Hill

In the post-apocalyptic zombie world, everyone needs to look after themselves. In our game After the Virus, we let players cooperate to survive, but the demand for a confrontative variant of the game has increased, and we’re here to deliver!

Daniel, the designer of Wilderness and Fleets, likes brutal take that games and came up with a new variant for After the Virus. We have uploaded a pdf file for it on the game page, if you want to print it, but here are the rules:

Last man Standing

By Daniel Fryxelius

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Two or more players may engage in this competitive mode, where each player plays a generic solo game where the goal is to survive longer than all the other players. The players play their turns simultaneously, waiting for the others to finish their turn before starting the next turn.

Players start at wave 0 and with 1 zombie card in their draw deck.

In order to interact with the other players, you need to save Survivors:

* You may spend 1 save to add an extra zombie card to each opponent’s next reshuffle. This is marked with the white marker for those opponents. When a player reshuffles, he/she adds extra zombie cards according to their white marker, which is then moved down to zero again.

* You may spend 2 saves to increase each opponent’s wave number, which is marked immediately.

* These actions can be combined in any way.

* Saves may not be used to retrieve cards from the area deck!

* The saves must be used immediately.

Example: Adam gets 5 saves in one go, using VIP + 2 Survivors. He chooses to increase his opponents’ wave by 2 and increase their white markers 1 step. When Ruth, who used to be on wave 4, reshuffles, this means she reaches wave 7 (1 normal+2 from Adam), and adds 8 zombie cards (7 from wave + 1 from white marker)! Then her white marker goes down to zero again. Good luck, Ruth!

Next week, we’ll get more familiar with this lady.

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App Trailer

For anyone interested in the digital app for Terraforming Mars, Asmodee Digital has released a teaser trailer for it on youtube, which we present below:

We greatly look forward to the release of the app.

Meanwhile, we’d better put our heads together to survive the zombie apocalypse in Jacob’s new game After the Virus. If you haven’t played it yet, make sure to check it out here and on BoardGameGeek, and if you want to see it played, Jacob has been recording some play-throughs to help people get into the game. If cooperative games aren’t really your thing, make sure to stay tuned for next week’s update, where we introduce a new game mode for After the Virus :)

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After the Virus with Jacob

Want to know what After the Virus is all about? How to play it? Or are you having trouble with a specific mission? Don’t fear – author Jacob has begun to make playthrough videos for the different missions in After the Virus, where he both showcases the missions and characters, as well as explaining the rules. Enjoy!

YouTube series for After the Virus with Jacob Fryxelius

The plan is to show all the missions, so the playlist will be expanded over the next few weeks.

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Terraforming Mars digital version!

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We are happy to announce that Terraforming Mars now has its own page on Steam, for the upcoming digital version of it. We’ve collaborated with Asmodee Digital and LuckyHammers to make a faithful translation of the game for digital devices. The game will be available on PC, iOS, and Android, and will feature the complete game with unchanged rules. You can play the original solo mode, or solo against AI opponents. AI opponents are also available in multiplayer, where you can either play on the same device by pass-and-play, or networked with users on the same, or even on other platforms.

We’ve had some demos with the studio, and are blown away by the amazing graphics, stylish design, and dynamic elements. Are you interested yet? If you want information about this project, and want to help us get exposure on Steam, be sure to add Terraforming Mars to your Steam wishlist.

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Gaming Weekend

This weekend, FryxGames gathered in Linköping (we live in 4 different cities) to hang out and play/develop our games. It’s so much fun when we meet and have some time together!

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Just to show that we have quite a lot in the works, we had time to play Terraforming Mars with expansions, Brawling Barons with expansions, a new version of Space Station, Angels and Demons, Fate, Time Shadow, Garbage Heap, Trader, and Conquerors from Milky Way.

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Otherwise we are always busy with expansions and reprints for Terraforming Mars these days. Prelude may be a small package, but it’s going to be great!!

Warm wishes from the Fryxelius brothers!

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Next expansion: Prelude

The next expansion for Terraforming Mars is Prelude, scheduled for release summer 2018, with a pre-release at Origins.

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Prelude is a small expansion that lets you kickstart your terraforming! It focuses on the early stages of Mars colonization and tells the background story of the corporations. When choosing corporation and starting hand, each player also draws 4 Prelude cards, and chooses 2 of them to boost their corporation. The expansion opens up powerful starting combos and increases player asymmetry.

BoardGameGeek Corporations

During this last fall, FryxGames and BoardGameGeek held a joint contest where BGG users could submit ideas for new corporations in Terraforming Mars. We had not anticipated that more than 300 entries would come in! After many considerations, 3 winners were selected and playtested in the BGG community. After some modifications and refinements, we are now able to present our final winning corporations!

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We are very excited about these new additions to TM, which will be available through the BGG Store in late spring:
https://boardgamegeekstore.com/

Happy New Year

FryxGames wishes everyone a Happy New year, with new content for Terraforming Mars! Somebody asked for presents and fireworks?

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