- Game in French
- Number of players: 1 - 4
- Duration: 90 - 150 min
- Suggested age: 14
Following the success of un crewed rover missions, the United Nations created the Department of Mars Operations and Exploration (D.O.M.E.). The first settlers arrived on Mars in 2037 and in the decades following the creation of the Mars Base Camp, private exploration companies began work on the creation of an autonomous colony. As the chief astronaut of one of these companies, you want to be a pioneer in the development of the largest and most advanced colonies on Mars by achieving both the objectives of the D.O.M.E. mission and your company's private program.
At first, you will be dependent on supplies from Earth and will have to travel often between the Martian space station and the planet's surface. As the colony expands, you will move your activities to build mines, electricity generators, water extractors, greenhouses, oxygen plants and shelters. Your goal is to develop an autonomous colony, independent of any terrestrial organization. To do this, you will need to understand the importance of water, air, energy and food - the essential elements for survival.
Will you dare to take part in humanity's greatest challenge?
On Mars, the game takes place in several rounds, each comprising two phases - the colonization phase and the shuttle phase.
During the colonization phase, each player takes a turn in which he undertakes actions. The available actions depend on the side of the board on which they are located. If you are in orbit, you can take plans, buy and develop technologies, and stock up at the warehouse. If you are on the surface of the planet, you can build buildings with your robots, upgrade those buildings with plans, take on scientists and new contracts, welcome new ships and explore the planet's surface with your rover. In the shuttle phase, players can travel between the colony and the orbiting space station.
All the buildings on Mars depend on each other and some are necessary for the growth of the colony. The construction of shelters for settlers requires oxygen; Oxygen production requires plants; Plant growth requires water; Extracting water from ice requires energy; Energy production requires mineral extraction; and mineral extraction requires settlers. It is vital to improve the colony's ability to provide each of these resources. As the colony developed, new shelters were needed for settlers to survive the inhospitable conditions of Mars.
During the game, players also try to complete missions. Once three missions in total have been completed, the game ends. To win the game, players must contribute to the development of the first colony on Mars. This is represented during the game by players who earn Opportunity Points (PO). The player with the most PO at the end of the game is declared the winner.
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