Terraforming Mars

Spiel des Jahres?

Terraforming Mars has been nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2017, the most prestigious board game award in the world for strategy games (the more famous Spiel des Jahres is only awarded simpler games). It is the first Swedish game ever to be nominated, and there were only three nominees. The final verdict from the SdJ jury is expected this summer, and we look forward to their decision regardless of the outcome.

In Sweden, we’ve had a Terraforming Mars tournament at LinCon, a large convention for board gamers. We congratulate Valentina, Terraformer of the Year, for her success in the final. A good combination of Jovian tags paved the way for her victory.



Game of the Year 2016

Terraforming Mars was announced Game of the Year 2016 by Board Game Quest this week. We are thrilled and humbled by the success. The game is currently ranked 11th of all board games according to BoardGameGeek.


Terraforming Tutorial

We have started to upload tutorial videos for Terraforming Mars, created by graphic designer Isaac Fryxelius. It is made as a video series covering different aspects of the game. Enjoy!

(Can’t see the videos? Click here!)






Tiles and Placement Bonuses:

Milestones and Awards:

Game End and Scoring:

Solo Play:

The videos are also available on the Terraforming Mars game page, as a video playlist on YouTube, and on the game’s BoardGameGeek page.

New batch of Terraforming Mars

Hi all,

today we received our new batch of Terraforming Mars. Customers in Sweden, and especially in Stockholm, Malmö, Linköping, and Karlstad can get a hold of a copy through us. For everyone else, Stronghold Games has recently opened up preorders for the game on their website. The new print run should hit the stores in a few weeks.

We will soon publish a video tutorial series where you can learn how to play the game. Stay tuned!

Terraforming Mars Expansion

We are proud to present the first expansion for Terraforming Mars;

TM: Hellas & Elysium

The first expansion to Terraforming Mars will be released this summer, and consists of a double-sided game board presenting two new areas of Mars.

Elysium takes the players almost to the exact opposite side of Mars, vast lowlands for oceans in the north and a dry, mineral-rich south. Place a tile on Olympus Mons, the highest peak in the solar system, to get three free cards!

Hellas, the southern wild, includes Mars’ south pole and the enormous 7-hex Hellas crater that just begs to become a gigantic lake. Building around the pole will give you new placement bonuses in the form of heat and even water.

Each of these maps consists of completly new sets of Milestones and Awards with relevance for each particular map. Place three tiles in the south  to become Polar Explorer, or race to have the most tiles adjacent to water on Elysium!


Next Print of TM

We are currently printing new games of Terraforming Mars, and they are planned to be released in February. We ourselves only sell the game at fairs we attend, so if you want a copy, keep your eyes open for news from

Stronghold Games if you want an English copy.

Schwerkraft if you want a German copy.

Rebel Games if you want a Polish copy.

The first expansion for Terraforming Mars is planned to be released in mid 2017.


Terraforming Sweden

During the past two weeks, we’ve had our 4 pre-release events in Sweden. A lot of people came to get their first terraforming experiences and a piece of Mars (of course we served chocolate Mars bars). It has been amazing! We’ve received great reviews, ratings, and comments, and the enthusiasm and support we’ve got has been overwhelming.

Our pre-releases were a fantastic series of events: In Stockholm, Jacob held a speech to the first Swedish buyers of Terraforming Mars. In Karlstad, Jonathan sold several Future Packs (our three sci-fi games with their expansions). In Trelleborg, Enoch was surprised by his local TM-supporters, who had made a cake, T-shirts, coffee cups, and even a jig-saw puzzle, all Terraforming Mars-themed! And finally, in Linköping, Daniel sold out his copies of TM.

We are humbled by our success. In fact, we did not expect it to be this big. After receiving praise after praise from reviewers, with sky-high ratings, Jacob said: ”of course I like my own game, I love it! But then, everyone likes his own game. But is it really that good?”. ”Yes!” Jonathan reassured.

There is no game we’d rather play right now than Terraforming Mars. And we hope that it will give you the same pleasure.

IMG_3960.JPGThe cake tribute to Terraforming Mars in Trelleborg.

Pre-release in Sweden

At last we have received our Terraforming Mars copies from LudoFact. Time for some pre-release events!

Stockholm: Dragon’s Lair
Saturday 27 aug
14:00 with Jacob
Facebook Event: link

Karlstads Universitets Spelklubb
Sunday 28 aug
15:00 with Jonathan
Facebook Event: link

Trelleborg: Seriecentrum
Saturday 3 sept
14:00 with Enoch
Facebook Event: link

Linköping: Dragon’s Den
Monday 5 sept
18:00 with Daniel
Preliminary – follow us on Facebook for further information:

New Reviews!

Man Vs Meeple reviews Terraforming Mars.

Dice Tower’s Tom Vasel and Jason Levine review the game.

GenCon Success


(Paul Leoncavello’s twitter photo, the first image appearing of a purchased Terraforming Mars)

GenCon, the largest board game fair in North America, is over. It started August 4th and ran for 4 days. Tens upon tens of thousands of attendees gathered for what is known as ”the best four days in gaming”. For us, this has been exciting because Terraforming Mars debuted there, with our American publisher Stronghold Games. The official release of the game is September 28th, but Stronghold assembled 300 copies for this GenCon pre-release. The short version: they sold out in three hours!

The media coverage of Terraforming Mars has been great! From twitter photos of the assembly and the preview list on BoardGameGeek (where Terraforming Mars was among the top ”liked” games) to Fox59 news, BoardGameGeek live stream, and the following reviews (here, here, and here), we can conclude that Terraforming Mars has been a highlight. And it has been well received, getting minor negative feedback, but seemingly endless praise. Just read these statements about it, gathered from user comments on BGG;

”This is an outstanding game!”…”TM excels at giving players a sense of purpose and satisfaction – it’s extraordinarily thematic. Indeed, this may just be the most thematic game I’ve ever played.”…”Best Game of the Year so far!” – Steve Carey (rated 9.5/10)

”Awesome game, best board game of Gen Con for me. Fantastic theme that ties everything together, a myriad of possible engine-building combinations given the 100s of unique cards, and excellent player interaction. Four-player game with all new players took maybe 2.5 hours, although it felt like the meat of a 4+ hour game.” – Calbond (rated 9/10)

”Fantastic! Game of the year for me so far. Can’t say enough. Wow.” – Rob in Richmond (rated 9/10)

Our goal is to let people enjoy our creative work. Seeing this happen brings great joy. And a bit of envy, because we have not ourselves received the final product from the factory yet. You who now own the game, you own it before the designers! In fact, we’ll not receive it for about 2 more weeks. So please, show us more!

We’re working hard on the preparations for the world’s largest board game fair, the International Spieletage in Essen in October. This will be the highlight of the year for us, because we’ll be there, selling Terraforming Mars, along with all our co-publishing partners, to the European Market. See you there!

The Nerdy Background

Some of you may wonder what the scientific background to Terraforming Mars might be. Well, here you go – a scientific article on a solution to the radiation problem associated with the lack of a strong magnetic field on Mars:

On the absorption of cosmic radiation by employment of fullerene-bound 2-(2,6-dihydroxophenyl)benzaldehyde

J. Jacob Fryxelius, Department of Materials Science, Mars Free University, Noctis City, Tharsis Republic.

Copyright Inventrix Publishing 2376. Unauthorized use will be prosecuted in Omnicourt, with a proposed sentence to the penal mines of Callisto.


By switching between several conformational and chemical modes, 2-(2,6-dihydroxophenyl)-benzaldehyde can absorb harmful radiation, especially cosmic radiation. Dispersion of fullerenes carrying adsorbed 2-(2,6-dihydroxophenyl)benzaldehyde in the Martian stratosphere and mesosphere should contribute considerably to the atmospheric protection from harmful radiation on Mars.

[For full article PDF, click here]

OK, that was nerdy. I can’t seem to shake my chemistry background. The article does describe a way to address the issue, though, and several cards in Terraforming Mars are hinted at in the article (Mars University, Tharsis Republic, Inventrix, Noctis City, Rad Suits, Magnetic Field Generators, Equatorial Magnetizer, and Gene Repair). Most notable, of course, is the Rad-Chem Factory, where these chemicals are produced.


Being an important tool for terraforming, this gives you terraform rating without affecting temperature, oxygen or ocean. Production being Mars-based, you can use steel to help pay for this project (the building tag top right). This is also a very nice way to get a couple of extra VPs late in the game.

And by the way, we recently posted 3 other cards on BoardGameGeek dealing with the radiation problem.