Mars Needs Mechanics

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Mars Needs Mechanics

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2-4 Players, 45 Minutes
Set Collection, Economics, Steam Punk

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What is Mars Needs Mechanics?

Mars Needs Mechanics is a steampunk-themed economic board game for 2-4 players. Players buy and sell sets of component cards to gain cogs (money), and build mechanisms that give them abilities. Timing is important, as the prices of components rise and fall during the course of the game. At the end of the game, the player with the most cogs wins.

The Story

London, 1873 – The Royal Academy of Space Exploration has announced its intention to launch a mission to Mars by year's end. In its quest to claim, fully explore, and map the great red planet, the Academy is holding recruitment competitions for various positions on the crew. A position central to the crew's mission, the Astronautical Engineer must be resourceful and efficient in his construction of various mechanisms and ship maintenance.

In Mars Needs Mechanics, players represent engineers and tinkerers from all over the Empire who have come to compete for this prodigious opportunity. Starting the game with only 30 cogs (currency), players will utilize unique game mechanisms that emphasize timing to collect sets of components and build steampunk mechanisms aimed at earning even more cogs. At the end of the competition, the engineer with the most cogs will earn his place as Astronautical Engineer on the crew of the H.M.S. Victoria VII.

Space Jack Version

The Space Jack version of Mars Needs Mechanics has a Space Jack sleeve (seen above), and comes with the hard-to-find Kickstart promo card. This version has always been limited in run and beautiful on a shelf.

The Space Jack sleeve front (left) and back (right).

The Space Jack sleeve front (left) and back (right).

Components

1x Game Board
7x Wood Value Markers
7x Components Tokens
54x Components Cards
8x Scrap Metal Cards
10x Mechanism Blueprint Cards
50x Cogs (custom punchboard cog shapes)
12x Player Markers
1x Oversized Rocket Ship First Player Marker
1x Rulebook
1x Sticker Sheet
1x Telescoping Box

Photography by Scott King, Matt Williams, and Bryan Fischer