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One of Raine's biggest hobbies has always been gaming. It all started with an Atari and spread out to Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic: the Gathering, and Dungeons & Dragons. As an artist, Raine takes pride in painting models for games as well as making his own terrain. He's also been a writer for many years, working both in the journalism industry and writing pieces of fiction. He decided to create Initiative : Tabletop as a platform to talk about all things gaming that he simply thought were cool, and reviewing games became a part of it!

Mission to Mars 2049: Exploring the Red Planet with Family on the Tabletop

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Space games have always tickled my fancy. There’s something about exploring that big, dark ocean that makes my heart jump. I love playing games where humanity has to search outward for survival, and I’ve been intrigued with this recent Curiosity mission to mars. If you were to combine those two things you’d get Mission to Mars 2049, a family board game that happens to be up on IndieGoGo right now.

Mission to Mars 2049 is a family board game, a strategy that adopts somewhat similar mechanics as the famous “The Settlers of Catan” yet is not a copycat. It features slightly similar resource collecting and colony building aspects which we know from Catan but employs a range of different mechanics as well as a straight, map based objective, rather than earning points to win the game. The mission cards allow you to take two different roles in the game – you can be good and play peacefully or you can be bad and challenge your opponents with an aggressive play. All those things together make it an original, lightly playable game to enjoy with your family or friends.

In order to secure new life for the human race you will need to colonize the north pole of Mars. I know, it sounds eerie, right? But think about it: maybe one day your generation will be the actual feet on the Red Planet and they could be charged with finding our new home. It’s a bit out there, but anything is possible.

The game’s creator, Dagnis Skurbe, has been working on this project with every ounce of creativity he has. He has contacted zero publishers, zero designers, and no big companies. For that alone, it’s worth checking out Mission to Mars: 2049. The IndieGoGo campaign is nearing its goal and the project still has over a month to go. If you’re into wondrous things, learning about colonization, and find yourself looking to the stars, it’s worth it to check out the game. You can find a promotional video on the project page as well as a how to play video on Vimeo.

I am personally on board with Mission to Mars: 2049. I think that finding a way to combine great board game elements with a fundamental look on the future is a brilliant thing. Skurbe is working to achieve his dream, which is mimicked by humanity reaching for their dream in the game: to find a new home. If you’re interested in the game, or the overall project, check out the IndieGoGo campaign. Also, check out some of the promotional photos below. Suit up, and get ready for launch. The Red Planet awaits!


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