About this project
Pioneers of Mars has been designed by a few enthusiastic guys in Ottawa, Canada, over the past couple of years. We’ve enjoyed hanging out and playing a large variety of board games and as part of that natural progression designed our own. Neoclassical Games Inc. is an Ottawa based company that focuses on producing fun and engaging board games! We are directed by Josh Rottman, a certified Project Manager, with 8 years of experience in the printing and manufacturing industry, who has a love of all things nerdy. The art for this game has been lovingly crafted by acclaimed science fiction artist Chris Huth.
Pioneers of Mars is a Martian themed tabletop game. You are the Base Commander reporting to a Government or Corporate entity, with the intent of establishing yourself as the most prestigious and powerful faction. Over the course of four Generations, you will gain prestige by celebrating Mars culture, (Tourism and Olympus Mons cards) using your influence and resources to build out your main base, monitor and manipulate the media (Communications Relay), invest in research (Laboratories), and train and develop your colonists. In the end, only one individual will be elected as The First President of Mars!
The game has a random length of 12 to 15 turns separated into 4 distinct eras or Generations of Colonization. During each Generation, players unlock new worker spaces and face the risk of a planet wide dust storm wreaking havoc. Players will expand their base, allowing them a private collection of worker spaces. Careful planning is required to maximize the benefits of the base layout while risking insufficient support during a dust storm.
- 5 randomly generated Generation turns consisting of 5 playable cards.
- 5x5 play grid that progressively gives new strategic options every round! 45 unique faction cards which give you specific unique abilities and functions.
- 5 random faction cards will modify your strategy.
- 150+ unique art pieces showcasing a lovingly crafted game. (Check out Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!)
- 90+ structure cards, to upgrade your main base, allowing you to play the way you want, and forcing other players to keep up.
- 1-4 player game, so you can start practicing, and then challenge your friends!
In the Box
- 25 Turn cards to randomly generate the future of Mars Colonization.
- 71 Structure cards to build out your main base.
- 46 Player cards for randomized factions.
- 12 Marker cards to track your life support, energy and prestige.
- 24 Rocket pawns to track your life support, energy and prestige.
- 10 Scientist cards
- 10 Engineer cards
- 48 Card holders for colonist placement.
- 160 Wooden pieces for resource management
For a complete single player play through, go here.
We created Pioneers of Mars, because we love games! Games bring people together! For us there is nothing better than grabbing a pint, cracking open a brand-new game, and delving into a world of science and mystery. We want to share this with you!
This game has been designed with some fantastic mechanics for those systems-oriented people, an engaging buildable storyline for us dreamers, and risk and reward strategies for those gamblers who win it big! We want to provide our future explorers with a high quality game that they will play for years. To do that we need to order in bulk to get the cost of each individual game down to a more reasonable level. We feel it important to provide a quality product right off the bat, especially knowing we are delivering this to you.
This is the easy part! The game has been created and we play it regularly! We have our artist on standby who will take our Members of Martian Parliament and incorporate their names into the game! All Martian Citizen copies of Pioneers of Mars will include your names, stretch goals, and exclusive Kickstarter content! For base copies of the game, we'll be shipping them as soon as we add the art to acknowledge the support of our Citizens and Members of Parliament!
Here is where our future explorers, engineers and scientist get a copy of the rules, the game, and the adventure! We can't wait to deliver every single one of these items to you, and thank you for your support and encouragement!
Support the mission while remaining in the comfort of Earth's biosphere. Backers at this level do not receive any physical rewards but will receive a PDF copy of the rules
Sign up for a ride to Mars! Backers at this level will receive a copy of the base game.
You've put in your time and effort and received Congressional Notice of Martian Citizenship! Receive all previous rewards and all additional Kickstarter exclusives. 5 additional game cards will included in this pack, plus any additional stretch goals that are unlocked.
You are a respected and powerful member of the Martian Parliament. You attained historic significance. Gain all of the benefits of a Martian Citizen backer level, and have your name immortalized within the game.
Shopkeepers, Resource Controllers, and Freighter Owners, this is your strength. This reward is best suited to retailers. Receive 10 copies of the base game.
You have attained world renown. The game creators will arrange to meet with you at an agreed upon convention, or location, take you out to dinner, wine and dine you, and then sit down to a serious game of Pioneers of Mars! Gain all the benefits of a Member of Martian Parliament backer level, give your feedback and praise to the creators in person, and live the dream of the future of Mars.
In addition to the 5 Kickstarter Exclusive Cards that all Citizens of Mars receive upon funding, there are additional Kickstarter exclusive stretch goals to be unlocked.
We have additional cards that we feel would bring a lot of value to the game, and we want to share them with you! As we hit our stretch goals, we’ll reveal those additional cards to you!
If we make our Box Art goal, we will create a specific Kickstarter exclusive box that won’t ship at any other point. You will have a one of a kind Pioneers of Mars collectible.
We have designs to provide a play mat including card placement, unique graphics, and a legend. This will be the copy to share with you friends and family, the copy you pull out to show future generations when the news broadcast shows humanity arriving on Mars.
Shipping costs will be billed upon order placement, to minimize costs to our backers. We expect Costs to be $15 within Canada and the US. Please reach out to us for any other quotes, and we’ll get back to you very quickly. We have an excellent partner we are working with for quick turn around times.
You can find card art and bios at www.pioneersofmars.com. We will be tweeting additional art pieces from @pioneersofmars.com which can also be found on Instagram at _pioneersofmars.
Thank you future explorers, we look forwarding to sharing Pioneers of Mars with you!
Risks and challenges
Any project of this type features a number of logistical hurdles than can become serious risks to the project.
To minimize those risks we have ensured that we have a complete working prototype with finished art and suppliers able to easily fulfill orders in our scale. This Kickstarter and its fulfillment are being managed by a certified project management professional (PMP).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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