Saturday, November 6, 2010

Events of Martian Rails: Earthlings, Go Home!

Martian Rails (2009), the crayon board game manufactured by Mayfair Games about railroading on the Red Planet in which players build tracks and haul freight in sleek trains with names like Spirit, Tweel and Viking, has a long list of events to which players can respond in order to generate revenue for their rail companies. For example:

Earthlings, Go Home! – There is a continuing political struggle between the Old Earth government and the frontier-minded people of Mars. Whenever the upstarts begin to show too much independence, Earth tightens the strings. One very effective means is to embargo goods to and from Mars. Tourists often get caught in the economic crossfire.

Martian Rails is loaded with references to Martian SF!

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