Friday, December 10, 2010

Commodities of Martian Rails: Quintitriticale

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:

Quintitriticale – Genetically engineered grain developed on Earth from a five-lobed hybrid of wheat and rye. It is of northern Canadian or, possibly, Russian origin. The high-yield grain will grow well on Mars in protected locations – in the domed cities, Hellas and Argyre Basins, and near the Equator.

Martian Rails is loaded with references to Martian SF!

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