Last week, the first expansion for Terraforming Mars – Hellas & Elysium – finally arrived from the factory. After many delays we can finally offer you an even more varied experience, as the expansion features two new maps you can play with instead of the regular Tharsis map in the main game. Each new map has its own set of ocean placement configurations, placement bonuses, milestones, and awards.
• Elysium takes players almost to the opposite side of Mars’ equator, with 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 gain three free cards!
• Hellas, the southern wild, includes Mars’ south pole and the enormous seven-hex Hellas crater that just begs to become a giant lake. Building around the pole gives you new placement bonuses in the form of heat and possibly even water.