Sunday, April 3, 2011

Commodities of Martian Rails: Soylent Red

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 cool commodities that players can transport to generate revenue for their rail companies. For example:

Soylent Red — Originally, a manufactured food made from soybeans and lentils. Later, improved soylent products were made from high-energy vegetable concentrates or protein extracts. Soylent Red is the latest “color” or flavor of soylent. Some agitators in the largest and oldest Martian cities -- Marsport and Burroughs Landing -- propagandize that “It’s people. Soylent is made out of people.” The government assures us that allegation is false, and that a green version is only an urban legend. Of course, the rumors have it that “the Green” was made in the most populated cities -- where the food demand is the greatest.

Martian Rails is loaded with references to Martian SF! Read the booklet of rules (pdf)!

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