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Stronghold Games  |  SKU: SG6005

Terraforming Mars

$79.95 CAD
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Designer Jacob Fryxelius
Publisher Stronghold Games
Players 1-5
Playtime 120 mins
Suggested Age 12 and up
Honors 2018 Guldbrikken Best Expert Game Winner
2018 As d'Or - Jeu de l'Année Expert Winner
2018 As d'Or - Jeu de l'Année Expert Nominee
2017 Tric Trac Nominee
2017 Tric Trac d'Argent
2017 Spiel der Spiele Hit für Experten Recommended
2017 Kennerspiel des Jahres Nominee
2017 Jogo do Ano Nominee
2017 International Gamers Award - General Strategy: Multi-player Nominee
2017 Gouden Ludo Best Expert Game Nominee
2017 Goblin Magnifico Nominee
2017 Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming Nominee
2017 Deutscher Spiele Preis Best Family/Adult Game Winner
2017 Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game Nominee
2016 Swiss Gamers Award Nominee
2016 Golden Geek Board Game of the Year Nominee
2016 Golden Geek Best Strategy Board Game Nominee
2016 Golden Geek Best Solo Board Game Nominee
2016 Cardboard Republic Architect Laurel Winner
2016 Cardboard Republic Architect Laurel Nominee
Accessories The Broken Token - Terraforming Mars Organizer
The Broken Token - Transparent Green 34mm Hex Tiles (10)
The Broken Token - Transparent Grey 34mm Hex Tiles (10)
The Broken Token - Terraforming Mars Acrylic Token Set (5)
The Broken Token - Share4 3D Space Colony Hex Tiles (4)

The Broken Token - 3D Ocean Hex Tiles (9)
The Broken Token - 3D Space Colony City Hex Tiles (10)
Broken Token - Terraforming Mars Acrylic Overlay (5 pack)
Broken Token - Terraforming Mars Expansion Full Organizer
Broken Token - Terraforming Mars Crate Upgrade (Crate Shell + Tile Trays)
Broken Token - Terraforming Mars Expansion Upgrade
Meeple Realty - Terraforming Colony (Compatible with TERRAFORMING MARS™) - Terraforming Colony Full Insert (Including five plexiglass overlay components for player boards)
Gaming Trunk - Martian Organizer for Terraforming Mars (Red)
E-Raptor - Insert compatible with Terraforming Mars™
E-Raptor - Organizer compatible with Terraforming Mars™ 
Metal Upgrade Cubes for Terraforming Mars (set of 95)
Acrylic Resource Tokens compatible with Terraforming Mars™ (set of 56)
Folded Space - Terraforming Mars & Expansions
Acrylic Resource Tokens compatible with Terraforming Mars™ Venus Expansion (set of 23)
Acrylic Resource Tokens compatible with Terraforming Mars™ Expansion: Colonies™ (set of 8)
The Game Crafter - 3D Tiles for Terraforming Mars
The Game Crafter - More 3D Cities and Greeneries for Terraforming Mars
Laserox - Terraformer's Toolbox (Compatible with Terraforming Mars)
Laserox - Terraforming Mars Overlay
Laserox - Terraforming Mars Tokens
Laserox - Terraforming Mars Resource Tokens
Laserox - Terraforming Mars Resource Tokens II
Terraforming Mars - First Player Token
Terraforming Mars - Game Boards - Kit of 5
Top Shelf Gamer - Acrylic Resource Tokens compatible with Terraforming Mars™ Asteroids (set of 8) 
Terraforming Mars: Trade Fleets + Chairman Seat Minis 
Terraforming Mars: Rover First Player Marker 
Terraforming Mars: Dual Layer Player Boards
The Dicetroyers - Terraforming Mars: All In One Box plus Player Boards Set (Italy Import)


Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium
Terraforming Mars: Venus Next
Terraforming Mars: Prelude  
Terraforming Mars: Colonies 
Terraforming Mars: Turmoil 
Terraforming Mars: Big Box (Kickstarter Edition)

Reimplemented By
Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition

In the 2400s, mankind begins to terraform the planet Mars. Giant corporations, sponsored by the World Government on Earth, initiate huge projects to raise the temperature, the oxygen level, and the ocean coverage until the environment is habitable. In Terraforming Mars, you play one of those corporations and work together in the terraforming process, but compete for getting victory points that are awarded not only for your contribution to the terraforming, but also for advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar system, and doing other commendable things.

The players acquire unique project cards (from over two hundred different ones) by buying them to their hand. The projects (cards) can represent anything from introducing plant life or animals, hurling asteroids at the surface, building cities, to mining the moons of Jupiter and establishing greenhouse gas industries to heat up the atmosphere. The cards can give you immediate bonuses, as well as increasing your production of different resources. Many cards also have requirements and they become playable when the temperature, oxygen, or ocean coverage increases enough. Buying cards is costly, so there is a balance between buying cards (3 megacredits per card) and actually playing them (which can cost anything between 0 to 41 megacredits, depending on the project). Standard Projects are always available to complement your cards.

Your basic income, as well as your basic score, is based on your Terraform Rating (starting at 20), which increases every time you raise one of the three global parameters. However, your income is complemented with your production, and you also get VPs from many other sources.

Each player keeps track of their production and resources on their player boards, and the game uses six types of resources: MegaCredits, Steel, Titanium, Plants, Energy, and Heat. On the game board, you compete for the best places for your city tiles, ocean tiles, and greenery tiles. You also compete for different Milestones and Awards worth many VPs. Each round is called a generation (guess why) and consists of the following phases:

1) Player order shifts clockwise.
2) Research phase: All players buy cards from four privately drawn.
3) Action phase: Players take turns doing 1-2 actions from these options: Playing a card, claiming a Milestone, funding an Award, using a Standard project, converting plant into greenery tiles (and raising oxygen), converting heat into a temperature raise, and using the action of a card in play. The turn continues around the table until all players pass.
4) Production phase: Players get resources according to their terraform rating and production parameters.

When the three global parameters (temperature, oxygen, ocean) have all reached their goal, the terraforming is complete, and the game ends after that generation. Count your Terraform Rating and other VPs to determine the winning corporation!

Customer Reviews

Based on 33 reviews
Shannon Moon
Excellent Game

A friend of mine introduced me to this game and I liked it so much I bought it, along with a couple expansions. Everything arrived in good condition. I do recommend you buy player card holders that have the cube holders built in, as the cubes do slide out of place very easily. Without them, you and other players may have issues keeping track of how much you are earning, and you may mix up your money/resource cubes with tracker cubes. If one person bumps the table, everyone's could slide out of place. They were not in stock when I ordered my games, so I am having to purchase elsewhere.

Jonathan T Gaudet
Great game - but box was damaged during shipping

We love Terraforming Mars! It is an excellent game to play. Just make sure you have 2+ hours to devote to it as it can take a long time to play all the way through if you have more than two players playing it.
The only knock is that there is a small gouge in the lid of the box that probably happened during the packaging of the box or the shipping of the box. Which isn't great. So I docked a start from this rating for the damaged board game box.

Chase Rigsbee
Amazing game, arrived quick

Terraforming Mars is an awesome game. It has great replayability and five expansions that add to the game. I ordered the base game as well as the expansions from Boardgame Bliss. The game arrived very quickly and nothing was damaged. They took care to package the product properly to ensure minimal damage occurred to the game during transit. Will definitely be buying from them again.

Shawn Waldner

IDK what to say great game for the more advanced gamers out there

Frederic Grondin
Great game

A great game with tons of replayability, hand management is cleverly weaved into the game. Only reason this isnt a 5 star is the quality of the components.