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In Mars 4:45 each player is a Mission Director, racing to establish the first colony on the Red Planet.
In Mars 4:45 each player is a Mission Director, racing to establish the first colony on the Red Planet.
198 backers pledged $8,004 to help bring this project to life.

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In Mars 4:45, each player is a Mission Director, racing to establish the first colony on the Red Planet. Mission Directors will simultaneously compete to construct all the modules necessary to start a Mars settlement, sourcing as many parts internally as possible to maximize profitability. Mission Directors will be moving supplies from their individual set up to the factory floor where modules started by one Mission Director can be built on and finished by other Mission Directors.

Play the digital version of the game here: http://www.tgikgames.com/

Please note: The digital version of the game is not the full game. The goal in this version is to play until you are out of cards. If you get stuck, refresh the page and play again! If you win, there is a surprise at the end.

Mars 4:45 can be played by 2-4+ players in 20-30* minutes

Why 4+ and why the asterisk on time of play?

Mars 4:45 can be played by as many players as there are unique decks available. With the base set of the game, players will have 4 unique decks. Length of game is adjustable. The game played by the written rules lasts 20-30 minutes. If players want a longer or shorter game, they can adjust the end goal accordingly.

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Courtesy of The Art of Boardgaming

 

To see a PDF version of the rules, Click Here (Note:this is a draft. The final version will be posted when complete)

 Scroll down to see the how-to-play video and two gameplay videos.

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Courtesy of The Indie Game Report

 

1 box, 4 decks of 50 cards, 4 colony reference cards, 1 set of rules

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Courtesy of The Indie Game Report

 

 

Review from Undead VIking

"A game I was able to play with my entire family. Just people watching how we played it, they got the process"

Review from the Art of Boardgaming

"My biggest draw to Mars 4:45 is that there are multiple paths to victory. The designers of this game separated it from some of their competition by making sure that it doesn’t follow the typical dexterity model of “whoever is the fastest wins.” One might say that this might be Mars 4:45’s 'Special Sauce.' (That’s my opinion at least.)"

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Courtesy of The Art of Boardgaming

 

 Preview from The Indie Game Report

"Mars 4:45 knows what it is and it delivers exactly that: fast-paced, multiplayer solitaire game. Anyone trying to bring someone new to their game table will appreciate how easily this game is teachable to new players. And there’s good fun in this frantic take on the traditional solitaire game. For anyone looking for a casual game or a simple introductory game, Mars 4:45 definitely takes off."

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Courtesy of The Indie Game Report

Brawling Brother Podcast Review!

You can find the Mars 4:45 segment at the 1:06.25 mark of the episode. (you should listen to the whole show!) Click on the image to get to the show

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 "A lot of fun, a nice little filler. Its good casual fun. Its fast paced and exciting"

Board Game Breakfast Feature!

Review from The Perfect Information Podcast.

Review from boardgamingftw.

"I really like the chaotic & fast-paced aspect of the game. Reminds me of an extreme version of Solitaire. This is definitely a race to see who can colonize Mars the fastest."

Shout out from Chris on the NPCCast in their "Things they are excited about" segment. You can hear about Mars 4:45 at the 56:51 mark (you should listen to the whole show!)

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 "There is a lot of strategy involved in this real-time game. This isn't just 'the fastest person is going to win'. The real time element will keep you on your toes"

$1 - Parts Suppliers

Thank you for being part of our campaign! 

$20 - Mission Director

This level will get you one copy of the base game, which includes enough decks to play with up to 4 players. This level is also eligible for all stretch goals.

$38 - Souvenir from Mars!

This level will get you two copies of the base game for you to give one to a friend or family member. This pledge level is available for two copies of the "B" set from the stretch goal.

$100 - Galactic Magnate

This level will get you one copy of the base game AND a copy of the game printed on high-end plastic cards. The deck colors for the plastic cards are different from the base game. This means Galactic Magnates will be able to play up to 8-player games. This level is also eligible for all stretch goals.

 

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Courtesy of The Art of Boardgaming

 

If we get to $13,000, all levels that are eligible for stretch goals will get a "B" set of the game. The B set will increase the top player count by four and will give Mission Directors 4 extra colors to pick from.

What is a "B" set you ask?

The "B" set of Mars 4:45 is a second set of the game which has 4 different color decks. 

-If a Mission Director has the base set and "B" set, they will have 8 different colored decks and will be able to play a 2-8 player game. 

-If a Galactic Magnate has the base set, "B" set and the plastic set, they will have 12 different decks and will be able to play a 2-12 player game.  

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Courtesy of The Art of Boardgaming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aidan & I have been making episodes of Cardboard Architects (click here for links to the episodes) about the making of not only the game. but we talk about the gory details like taxes and quotes and shipping.....FUN! It will also give you a chance to get to know us. 

Episode 1 - What we are doing to get ready for the campaign.

Episode 2 - An update and what we like about Mars 4:45

Episode 3 - Talk the artwork with Jason Washburn!

Episode 4 - The Mars 4:45 back story

Episode 5 - Taxes....Yes! All the fun topics!!!!!

Episode 6 - Spreadsheets Suck

Episode 7 - Our Chief Playtester

Episode 8 - Funding Goal & Pledge Levels

Episode 9 - We're rolling out to the launch pad with our final weekend of prep

Episode 10 - We're Live!!! (and very tired) A first weekend update on the project

More Episodes to Come!

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Courtesy of The Art of Boardgaming

 

I am never far away from Twitter, so if you want to ask me a question, tweet me @tgik_games_cr or find our company page on Facebook: TGIK Games and watch us talk about our games on YouTube. If you want to talk games, talk podcast, talk Mars 4:45 or just get to know me, reach out! I love talking to fans of our games!

 

Jason Washburn is the (AMAZING) artist for Mars 4:45. You can find him on Twitter, and you can find more of his art on his website.

Risks and challenges

The principle risk we face at this point is ensuring that we ship to all of our backers as quickly as possible, including those in other countries. We feel that we can commit to delivering the game within 6 months of the successful conclusion of the campaign.

The game design is complete, the artwork is finalized, we have production quotes in hand from prospective manufacturers, and we've double- and triple-checked the details (for example, we know the manufacturers' holiday schedules) to ensure that we can deliver on our promises. This is TGIK Games' first Kickstarter campaign, so there are undoubtedly still some difficulties in store for us that we can't foresee, but we're confident that, with your help, we can deliver an awesome game.

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