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Upcoming Essen

We are already working hard to get all details ready for the international games fair Spiel’18 in Essen, Germany, which is at the end of October. We hope to see you there! Our booth number is 3-O103, close to where we’ve been all these 7 years since we started FryxGames. Our new items this year are of course the 2 latest expansions for Terraforming Mars: Prelude and Colonies. We will also sell the promo pack, containing all 10 promo cards released thus far for the game, including the 3 corporations from the BoardGameGeek contest.

This is the price list for Essen this year:
Terraforming Mars: 55€
TM: Hellas & Elysium: 20€
TM: Venus Next: 25€
TM: Prelude: 20€
TM: Colonies: 30€
TM: Promo pack (10 promos): 8€

TM: Everything: 120€ (save 38€)
TM: Expansions: 75€ (save 28€)

After the Virus: 25€
Fleets (few left): 50€
Space Station: 20€
Brawling Barons: 5€ / deck

All items can be pre-ordered for pick-up at Essen. Just e-mail us at info@fryxgames.se, give us your name and the items you want to pre-order.

Newsletter

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Terraforming Mars Digital App

Soon you will be able to play Terraforming Mars on your digital devices! Although the launch has been postponed to late September or early October, things are falling into place and we look forward to the full release with great anticipation! To learn more, visit the app on Steam by clicking here.

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The image used on the Colonies box. Image by Isaac Fryxelius.

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Pre-releasing Prelude

Dear friends,

Prelude has arrived from the factory, and will begin to sell shortly. We have just enough time to pre-release it in the cities in Sweden where we live, THIS WEEKEND. So here comes some short information about the whereabouts of the pre-release events.

In Trelleborg, Enoch hosts the event at Seriecentrum (address Hedvägen 155). The event starts at 14:00 on Saturday, July 28th.

In Stockholm, Jacob hosts the event at Dragon’s Lair (Sveavägen) on Sunday at 14:00.

In Karlstad, Jonathan hosts the event at Karlstad University, House 12 at 15:00, also Sunday.

In Linköping, Daniel hosts the event in the Studiefrämjandet premises (address Platensgatan 25) on Monday at 18:00.

The events should be long enough for visitors to try the game with Prelude. We will have discounts for expansion packages and will also have the promo cards for sale.

Welcome!

Enoch

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More Competition

The upcoming Prelude expansion to Terraforming Mars gives the corporation a substantial starting boost, but it also comes with 5 brand new corporations to play! In the early days of Martian colonization, Point Luna had a perfect situation to leverage – the largest space port on Luna. By offering efficient resource relocation from Earth to Mars, they could partner up in a variety of terraforming projects. This is simulated by their ability to draw cards whenever they play an Earth tag. You may not have much control of what you draw, but the variety of cards you’ll be sure to get will offer many interesting opportunities for you. In order to do well, though, you’ll need to play multiple Earth projects. Many of them are the space events that Point Luna specializes on – shipping resources to Mars, using the titanium from their Lunar mining operations. 

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Another early competitor is Robinson Industries. Being founded by early terraforming pioneers, Robinson Industries works with a variety of projects, and has a holistic view of the process, involving every aspect of the colonization. In the game, they have a really cool ability to reflect this: once per generation, you can pay 4 MegaCredits to increase your lowest production! This is a good deal for any resource, but really excellent for titanium and plants. As Robinson Industries, you can start off by increasing one of those, or energy or steel if that is needed more. You have great flexibility, but also have to use some strategy to maximize this ability in the long run…

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Then we have Arklight, a species preservation organization that offers much needed diversification of the emerging Martian ecosystem. With sponsors at their back (MC production), they gain a VP for every pair of animal or plant tags they play. But wait – that is not the Prelude icon on the side of the card! Oops, it seems we just spoiled a card from the upcoming Colonies expansion as well.

Oh well, you deserve it.

ARKLIGHT

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Past and Future

This year will see the release of two expansions for Terraforming Mars.

Prelude will delve into the background of the corporations, what they did up to the start of the terraforming. Did they have strong Earth assets? Were they Martian miners? Or colonizing the moons of Jupiter? Whatever their background, this propelled them to become the corporations entrusted with the development of Mars. In the game, this is simulated by prelude cards that you play after playing your corporation. The prelude cards give you a strong boost and throw you right into the fray running.

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During this fall, Colonies will join the Terraforming Mars universe and broaden the scope, introducing more colonization of the outer solar system. The moons of Jupiter and Saturn are within our reach, and offer easy access to vast resources – resources that can be used on Mars! The reach of the corporations is expanding…

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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. 

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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

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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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