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The Importance of Earth Connections

Terraforming Mars is very much about colonization, futuristic technologies and settings, but we also believe people will bring society into the solar system, and the Colonies expansion gives us another chance to include mundane ideas that nevertheless are bound to follow humanity wherever we go. For example, species that are introduced on Mars will be chosen for their usefulness, resulting in a different ecosystem than those on Earth. Some animals that are quite common here, like horses, will be rare on Mars, even exotic! So why not ship some exotic animals to Mars to show them off for money in a Zoo? Having good connections on Earth will allow you to use taxpayer money to fund this and other projects. Your increased influence might even be enough to appoint the Luna Governor, with the power to get you through all the red tape of shipping animals.

 

 

The Zoo is giving animals a new role on Terraforming Mars as cash-cows. This will give the player new ways to consider Earth cards which are usually best to play as early as possible. But now you’d like to get the Zoo out first, but that requires a couple of cities in play…

It also gives you a new interesting option for animal shipment cards such as Large Convoy: do you save them for late game animal points, or do you send them to the Zoo as soon as possible to enhance your engine?

One thing is for sure – corporate monkey business has never been so profitable!

 

Terraforming Mars app is live!

The PC version of Terraforming Mars is live on Steam now. We are very thrilled to be able to play the game with each other, even though we all live in different Swedish cities. In fact, we’ll start one right away. Cheers!

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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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Hazeriders

In the Colonies expansion for Terraforming Mars, players can send their trade fleet to distant worlds and bring home valuable goods. The colonies of Titan specialize in producing floating infrastructure – floaters! So what are floaters used for? If you’re familiar with the Venus Next expansion, you’ll know that floaters are indispensible for colonizing the clouds there, making for excellent interaction between these expansions. But Colonies is also ripe with floater cards. Titan has a suitably dense atmosphere, but so do Jupiter and Saturn, and the Jupiter Floating Station is just begging for some help in its construction and expansion so that it can yield a good profit.

 

There’s just one catch – you need some serious technological advancement in order to colonize Jupiter itself, what with the strong radiation and violent storms (and no place to land). The best way to solve this issue is of course to develop Floater Technology, both supplying the know-how (science tag), and floaters if the Titan colonies are not available to do it!

Of course, these are just ways to get the Floating Station going, but it can just as well be used to support other floater projects in the outer solar system, such as the Jovian Lanterns. It is also one of the cheapest Jovian-tagged cards at only 9 M€, making it extra valuable in combination with one of the Jovian-scoring cards from the base game.

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Mac is here!

A couple of weeks back, we started a contest for After The Virus, letting people guess the starting deck of our new character Mac:

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The image gives away a few things, and the winner was able to guess 8 out of the 10 starting cards, including the one that starts in play. Here is Mac in all his coughing glory:

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Congratulations to Robert Smithwick for winning this contest! He will receive an After The Virus t-shirt and a promo pack containing Mac, Angela, and Bill…

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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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