First Martians: Pre-Orders

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3…2…1… Liftoff! Set your foot on Mars, where fantastic adventures await you. First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet tells a magnificent history of humans struggling to survive on a hostile frontier. A series of missions form *two separate campaigns*. Take meaningful decisions and face their consequences! Experience thrills and awe as the plot unfolds! Additionally, the box features *6 standalone missions*. Choose your preferred difficulty level and mode of play: who do you want to be today? A scientist, an explorer, or an engineer?
The game provides massive amounts of replayability, while at the same time the story will always reflect your decisions.

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First Martians features a unique follow-up mechanism to create a deeper, more engaging story. Some events in the game have follow-ups – occurrences that happen some time after and are independent of players’ actions. They are always closely connected to the original event and help build a coherent storyline. For example, if the crew members talk about the relatives left on Earth, their morale will drop. After some time it may turn out that feelings of sorrow and regret – a consequence of your discussion – made one of you a burden rather than an asset.

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There are two campaigns included in the box. Each is a chain of 5 missions with an overarching plot for you to discover. The first one is a story of astronauts struggling with unreliable communication – use your equipment and resourcefulness to restore and maintain a link between your base and Earth. The second one is strictly a legacy campaign – you will use its components only once. The campaign begins with a new team of astronauts landing on the Red Planet – after the first two successful years of the project your Martian colony is about to expand. The game will present you with some tough choices – and their irreversible consequences.

fm_preorder_legacy-campaignWe have prepared a number of stretch goals to upgrade your copy of First Martians. We’re counting on you – help us make them happen! We will reveal them as more orders are placed. Additional components and extra content will be added if you help us with this huge and fascinating project. With your help, we’ll add more stretch goals in the weeks to come.

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The components in the box are complemented by a our free app which contains hundreds of events and adventures to immerse you in the story. The app guides you through the storyline, providing information about the results of your actions or various happenings in the HUB – and is also the means of communication between your settlement and the Mars Colonization and Expansion Initiative (MCEI) on Earth. The in-built mechanisms allow you to adjust the gameplay experience to your needs by choosing a mission type or difficulty. When you choose a mission type (for standalone missions only), you decide whether you want to be a scientist, an explorer, or an engineer – different mission have different goals and rely heavily on research, exploration, or building skills. Choosing one of three difficulty levels affects the consequences of in-game events. Whether you are a hard-core gamer looking for extreme experiences or a casual player more interested in the story, the difficulty options will tailor the gameplay to your needs. Also, the app makes future updates and adding new content easier.

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If you have any questions or just want to talk about the project, click the link above. We have a dedicated forum on BGG where you can discuss all game-related issues. We will answer your question and provide more information about First Martians as the release date draws near. Join us there and give us your feedback!

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We have prepared a number of stretch goals to upgrade your copy of First Martians. We’re counting on you – help us make them happen! We will reveal them as more orders are placed. Additional components and extra content will be added if you help us with this huge and fascinating project. With your help, we’ll add more stretch goals in the weeks to come.

unlocked1Base game of First Martians has 3 cardboard tokens that track level of Energy, Oxygene and Food in the habitat. And because the whole board is full of beautiful plastic cubes that mark working and not working systems in the HUB we decided that we could try for pre-orders version of the game only have also General Supply tokens be plastic. With small sticker on them they will match perfectly all components on the board.

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This board will have 10 equations. If you solve them right you will receive 10 codes. If you enter them in the app you will unlock hidden items, sort of like codes in old school video games. With these 10 codes you will have a chance to once a time increase Energy or Oxygene level in General Suplly, find hidden Spare Parts or – what’s probably the most important – find med packs and injections to heal your character.

book_unlockedThis stretch goal is our gift for all of you who play solo and who love good stories and narration. We have for you short game book, sort of Choose Your Adventure game in which you will have chance to immerse even stronger into theme of First Martians and spend few more hours having a great time on Mars.

sticker_unlockedFirst Martian’s logo stickers you will be able to use on your laptop, smartphone cover or another item you want to decorate with First Martians logo.

events_unlockedWe are happy to work with you on some additional unique events for the game! A designer of the game, Ignacy Trzewiczek will work with the fan community on BGG forum to create 15 additional events and then upload this fan based content into the app!

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Small player aid that will list all the icons you might find in the game and most crucial keywords and rules. This handy item will make your game go smooth and nice!

robots_unlockedWe will upgrade four Automated Operating Machines cards that represent robots supporting players into custom cardboard tiles. The tiles will have dedicated shape to illustration and special docking space to put your action pawn on it!

design_your_own_ulockedWe will design special dedicated widget on our website that will let you upload your own picture and text and download ready to print your very own player board. You are going to Mars. Oh, yeah!

documentary_lockedThe final stretch goal is a documentary video. We will produce a video with interviews with people who created the game. You will see people behind the project, you will listen about their work on the game and problems they faced during the work. Ignacy will talk about ideas that didn’t make it to the final game and show interesting materials from early stages of the work. We hope this documentary will show you the work put into the game.

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The big print run is currently being printed in China and we expect it to reach your local stores around June. There is, however, a chance to grab your copy earlier than that. There are 3000 copies of First Martians in our special and limited pre-order offer. If you decide to pre-order, you will receive your copy a few weeks before the street date. These 3000 boxes also contain washed miniatures – and we are happy to enhance your experience even further – see below!

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