On Mars by Vital Lacerda

The Portuguese designer Vital Lacerda, known for titles such as Vinhos, Lisboa, and CO₂, is working on a game named On Mars. Read about it here.

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On Mars by Vital Lacerda

Posted on January 22nd, 2019 by Jay
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On Mars by Vital Lacerda

The Portuguese designer Vital Lacerda, known for titles such as Vinhos, Lisboa, and CO₂, is working on a game named On Mars.

As the name suggests, the game is set on Mars, and the players take the roles as chief astronauts working for private space exploration companies. They are to develop the biggest, most advanced colony on mars scoring points for different mission goals and hidden corporate agendas.
Mining, building, exploring, upgrading buildings, recruiting and managing settlers are their tasks, as well as getting power to the colonies.
In the end, the colony should be self-sufficient.
The game will support 1-4 players, and will take 2-3 hours to play.

On Mars is played in turns using different phases:

  • Players decide which OMDE goals will be part of the game, how the new settlers from Earth will be distributed through the different colonies, and which community buildings and materials Earth needs to authorize and provide.
  • Players will have available to everyone a limited set of actions they can take in their turn and the raw materials sent from Earth.
  • In turn order, players take one action, but they need to plan carefully; builds consume power and a second building may not be placed before a generator is upgraded.
  • Last, all the Colony parameters are adjusted.

Actions take to form of worker placement, cards, scientist tokens, and tech tiles. Examples of action might be building rovers, ships, or buildings. Sell and buy goods. Research new technologies, which your competitors might use, for a price. Buildings need resources like ore, energy, O₂, and people to run.

Food, O₂, and water also need to be stored.

As you might have gathered, building a successful colony On Mars is not easy, but it sure sounds like a lot of fun. The game WILL be on the heavy side, as in complex and advanced.

The board
The board
Prototype game in action
Prototype game in action

We are very excited about this release and we can't wait to try it out. Meanwhile, you might want to have a look at Vital Lacerdas other titles, like Vinhos or Lisboa.

The Kickstarter is ongoing. Check it out here.

Read our On Mars review.

Are you pumped for this one?

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