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THE STORY 

In 1967 the Earths governments signed the International Space Treaty agreeing that no government could claim ownership of a planet. In 2027 man went to Mars. With the discovery of a new element that allowed cold fusion the race was on between the United States and China for the ownership of Mars and this valuable resource.

As larger bases and mining operations began, the conflict became inevitable. What started as a fight between mining operations, it soon turned into a full scaled conflict between two superpowers. New weapons emerged, drone tanks, hover ships, and more.

But as in any war, there are unexpected consequences. With the mining of the planet, we had awoken something. Something that had been asleep a long time, waiting. It had woken hungry. It had watched as we waged war, studying, looking for weaknesses.

Man's greatest strength has always been its ability to come together in moments of crisis, put aside differences to fight a common enemy. As two enemies who once fought each other came together to fight for its very survival in -----THE MARS WARS.

THE GAME

MARS WARS is a game of military conflict between Chinese and US space forces comprised of Infantry, drone tanks, and artillery. As the missions progress, the Chinese and US join forces against an alien Martian life. Using our HOLD THE LINE system, you get scenarios giving you battles that will stand out in Chinese and US history --- Assault on Base Armstrong, The Defense of Ride Ridge, and more. Once the aliens appear you’re going to have to fight to hang on against the hordes of aliens, then root them out of their tunnels.

Each battle lays out your forces, objectives for victory, and the game board. Each turn you receive action points that allow you to order your forces to move and fight. The action points you earn vary from battle to battle and for each side. No two turns or battles will play the same.

Each type of unit moves, attacks and defends differently so using your forces properly is critical to victory.

The game comes with wooden blocks and labels for three armies (China, US, and Alien), a hard-mounted game board, terrain tiles, rules, battles, and dice. Designed for 2 to 7 players (it is playable easily solo by playing both sides as things happen that frustrate the best-laid plans). Insignias on the pieces designate at least three squads per country that can be played by separate players, plus someone can be the aliens. Scenarios are playable from 45 – 90 minutes. Ages 10 and up.

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UNITED STATES INFANTRY 

US Infantry - Marine plus two heavy weapons
US Infantry - Marine plus two heavy weapons

 

UNITED STATES DRONE TANK / PHOTON ARTILLERY
UNITED STATES DRONE TANK / PHOTON ARTILLERY

CHINESE INFANTRY 

Chinese Marine plus 2 heavy weapons
Chinese Marine plus 2 heavy weapons

 

CHINESE DRONE TANK / PHOTON ARTILLERY
CHINESE DRONE TANK / PHOTON ARTILLERY

 ALIENS 

 MARS SURFACE BOARD 

Sample Scenarios

 

 KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE

Only backers of the Kickstarter packages will receive the exclusive bonus game board and two battles.  THIS WILL NOT BE SOLD AFTER THE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN RETAIL.  WE WILL ONLY BE PRINTING ENOUGH FOR THE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN.  Note that if you order multiple copies of the game we will ship one bonus game board per game ordered. 

STRETCH GOALS -  all backers will receive the unlocked stretch goals for EACH copy of MARS WARS ordered.

UNLOCKED STRETCH GOAL #1 - $12,500 - Two special commander blocks and labels.   US Commander Hatch and Chinese Commander Liwei.  Commanders allow multiple unit actions.

US Commander Hatch / Chinese Commander Liwei
US Commander Hatch / Chinese Commander Liwei

LOCKED STRETCH GOAL #2 - $20,000 – 2 bonus scenarios. 

Bonus Scenario 1 - Meeting at  the Sand Pit, SOL 265, 2038.  The war has turned bloody with both sides pushing reinforcements to the planet as quickly as possible. A sand pit must be crossed to attack each other.  Earth watches as losses mount, wondering who will control the red planet of war. Olympus looms over the terrain like a signal to all that control is key. The US has control, but can they hold it?

Bonus Scenario 2 - Defense of the Ride Canal, SOL 220, 2041.  After the initial attacks at the agricultural and life pod centers the aliens have now gone after the primary source of maintaining human life on the planet. Multiple canals cross the planet.  The humans have built heavy defensive works around the canals. Can they hold?.

LOCKED STRETCH GOAL #3 - $30,000 – 2 special hero blocks.  US hero Thrace and Chinese hero Yang.  Heroes are played for a special single action or battle bonus---save them for emergencies!!!

Sergeant Thrace / Sergeant Yang
Sergeant Thrace / Sergeant Yang

LOCKED STRETCH GOAL #4 -  $37,500 – 2 additional bonus scenarios.

Bonus Scenario 3 - Defense of the Cruiser Yeager, SOL 266, 2038.  General Smith was killed when his command ship, the Cruiser Yeager went down. Plans critical to a US counterattack were on the ship.  A rescue mission of a mobile marine unit has been setup, but the Chinese have set up defenses until the plans can be located. Can you get to the plans?

Bonus Scenario 4 - Egg Hunt, SOL 111, 2040.  Chinese and American forces sent a joint force to wipe out a pit of alien eggs. But where there are eggs, there are parents as the Chinese and Americans soon learned. The joint force was soon overwhelmed and trapped. Hanging on for their lives, a joint team of was sent to rescue the trapped soldiers. It was a battle that would live on forever in the heroic history of…..the Mars Wars.

LOCKED STRETCH GOAL #5 - $50,000 – 6 special hover ship units per side.  These may be traded for units in other scenarios and allow terrain to be flown over with no effect and transport infantry units.

LOCKED STRETCH GOAL #6 - $70,000 – Additional the "Face of Cydonia" board.

LOCKED STRETCH GOAL #7 - $80,000 - 2  bonus scenarios, "Ambush at Cydonia", and "A long trip home", both using the Cydonia board from stretch goal #6.

LOCKED STRETCH GOAL #8 - $100,000 - ???

And good news for international backers---we have reduced our international shipping cost by 30%!!!! While not EU friendly (we’re still working on it), it is significantly better than previous campaigns!

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge to us and any game company is faulty printing or bad proofreading. We've completed numerous kickstarter packages and delivered on them all. We know what delays to expect and how to handle them when they occur.

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