Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium

Terraforming Mars

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. InTerraforming 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 establish 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!

NOTE:  The third printing of our smash-hit game, Terraforming Mars, is about to hit our warehouse!  Orders you have made with your FLGS/FOLGS will ship around the end of July.  We will enable ordering / shipping from our website at around this time as well.

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1 Rules Booklet
1 Game Board
5 Player Boards
17 Corporation Cards
208 Project Cards
8 Reference Cards
200 Player Markers (transparent plastic cubes, 5 colours)
200 Resource Markers (opaque plastic cubes in gold, silver, and copper in different sizes)
3 Game Board Markers (big white plastic cubes)
9 Ocean Tiles
60 Greenery/City Tiles
11 Special Tiles
1 First Player Tile

Players: 1-5
Ages: 12+
Time: 90-120 mins

Stock#: SG-6005


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Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium

Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium, the first expansion for the smash hit game, Terraforming Mars, consists of a double-sided game board presenting two new areas of Mars:

  • 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.

Each of these maps consists of new sets of Milestones and Awards with relevance for that particular map. Place three tiles around the south pole to be a Polar Explorer, for example, or race to have the most estates beside water on Elysium!

NOTE: The maximum number of PREORDER units has been now SOLD.  We cap this number out of respect to our Retail partners, per our stated policy, which you can see here: https://strongholdgames.com/the-preorder-program/

This will now show as SOLD OUT, until the game is in the warehouse and shipped to all of the Preorder customers, which we expect to be in mid-July. Sorry for the small delay, as we needed to be sure the product was great for you.

After the Preorders ship, we’ll accept additional non-preorder Orders.  Stay tuned!

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1 Double Sided Game Board, representing Hellas Planitia on one side and Elysium Planitia on the other, with new placement/terrain bonuses, new Milestones, and new Awards.

Players: 1-5
Ages: 12+
Time: 90-120 mins

Stock#: SG-7020


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Terraforming Mars: Small Asteroid Promo

Terraforming Mars: Small Asteroid Promo

This promo card was released with limited exclusivity during the “Launch Kit” event for the smash hit hot game on Board Game Geek,  Terraforming Mars.  It is now being made available to the general public.

Small Asteroid – Event
Increase temperature 1 step (and therefore gain 1 Terraform Rating).
Remove up to 2 plant resources from one opponent (since you “accidentally” directed the asteroid to their plantations — After all, redirecting an asteroid is not an exact science).

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