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Octoberfest

Fellow terraformers! October is here, and that means new releases! Our own Octoberfest, so to speak.

The first release is tomorrow, when the digital version of Terraforming Mars is released for PC on Steam. It’s been a great journey together with Asmodee Digital and Luckyhammers to bring our flag ship Terraforming Mars to the virtual world. We hope to see many terraformers there, both rookies and veterans.

 

But even though this is huge – this is our first digital release – we also have the 4th expansion for the game being released next week in Essen, Germany. Colonies brings players to the outer solar system in pursuit of new resources to import and new frontiers to push for the sake of humanity. The first copies of the expansion are shipped directly to the fair, so we look forward to celebrating this new release together with our fans at the fair.

After Essen, we will also have local release events in Sweden. For those of you near Stockholm, Västerås, Linköping, Trelleborg, and Karlstad, the Colonies will be waiting in the following times and places:

November 2nd – Release at Dragon’s Lair in Stockholm
Time: 16:00 – 19:00
Address: Sveavägen 118
Your host for the evening is Jacob Fryxelius, the one and only

November 3rd – Release at Seriecentrum in Trelleborg
Time: 12:00 – 20:00
Address: Hedvägen 155
Your host for the evening is Enoch Fryxelius, important CEO

November 5th – Release at Studiefrämjandet in Linköping
Time: 18:00 – 22:00
Address: Platensgatan 25
Your host for the evening is Daniel Fryxelius, enthusiastic gamer

November 6th – Release at Leklust in Västerås
Time: 18:00 – 20:00
Address: Vasagatan 16
Your host for the evening is Jacob Fryxelius, beardy gamer

November 10th – Release at Karlstad University
Time: 18:00 – 23:00
Address: House 12, Karlstad University
Your host for the evening is Jonathan Fryxelius, some baby brother

We hope to see you there!

So now, who came here just to see another card from Colonies? Raise your hands!

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Titanium, titanium, titanium

With a focus on trade and colonization of small worlds throughout the solar system, the Colonies expansion for Terraforming Mars naturally features some titanium-producing cards. Not only can titanium be used for lauching your trade fleet, it is also highly useful for building all space infrastructure. Triton is therefore sure to get attention when in play. Trade with it before the competition takes the bounty – or establish a colony to leech off of them even when they beat you to it!

Titanium can also be found on Saturn’s moon Titan, where your shuttles can lift it into orbit, or deliver it to various atmospheric projects.

But you don’t have to go that far though to find titanium. Suitable ship-building materials are found right here on Earth, but are just too expensive to get into orbit in larger quantities. Building a Space Elevator on Earth might change that, and even though some consider the challenges too great, the rewards are more than worth it. The whole of humanity will thank you!

Considerably cheaper, but less glorious, would be to mine the moon.

 

 

Making Lunar Mining efficient will require some Earth tags, but in our next update you’ll be happy to meet the man for the job: the Luna Governor…

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Masters of Trade

The Colonies expansion for Terraforming Mars is all about sending your trade fleet to distant colonies in search of riches. If you can do this more efficiently than the other corporations, you’ll have a strong edge over them. Smart colony placement and timely trades can get you far, but founding a Trading Colony will make your trades more efficient, and space-faring technologies such as Cryo-sleep will reduce your costs. All you need then is a Space Port so that you can host a second trade fleet and utilize your advantage even more!

Each of these cards can give you a distinct advantage, but they also synergize really well. The Trading Colony will allow you to reach higher on the colony tile’s resource track, allowing you to make better profits, and trade with worlds that are not yet beneficial enough for the other players.

Cryo-sleep, on the other hand, reduces the trade cost from 9 MC, 3 titanium, or 3 energy to 8 MC, 2 titanium, or 2 energy. This makes it much more advantageous to use titanium or energy, and at the same time more accessible to do so. And with Cryo-sleep, it will not be so difficult to afford running a second trade fleet, which is where Space Port comes in. The extra trade fleet might seem like a huge deal, but it still needs resources to run, and the increased number of trade fleets in play will deplete the colonies more quickly. Judging when to invest in and use an extra trade fleet is of crucial importance if you want to become the master of trade.

Terraforming Mars Digital coming to Steam on October 17th

Only 8 days to go, Terraforming Mars will soon be launched on Steam. For the iOS and Android versions, we’ll have to wait another month or so.

Add the game to your wishlist already! https://store.steampowered.com/app/800270/Terraforming_Mars/

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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

We have set up an e-mail list for our newsletter, which we aim to send out every three months. We want to send the first newsletter this week, so be sure to subscribe to it by clicking here.

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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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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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.

Angela

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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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