Sunday, February 6, 2011

Cities of Martian Rails: Inner Nest

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 interesting cities that players can capitalize on to generate revenue for their rail companies. For example:

Inner Nest – A small settlement in the ancient lava tubes of the Ascraeus Mons volcano. Its Martian name translates as The Inner Nest of Kkkahgral the Younger. He was the legendary Martian who, after arriving late for a very important ceremony, insisted on dying as punishment. It became the most holy site for the Human/Martian religion founded by Valentine Michael Smith. Naturally, humans shortened the location’s name.

Martian Rails is loaded with references to Martian SF!

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