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London, 1873: A handful of elite steam engineers vie for a seat on mankind's first rocket to Mars.

In Mars Needs Mechanics, players represent elite steam engineers competing for the prestigious appointment of Royal Astronautical Engineer aboard mankind's first rocket to Mars. 

Starting the game with only 30 cogs (currency), players will utilize unique game mechanisms that emphasize timing to collect sets of components and build incredible mechanisms aimed at earning even more cogs. At the end of the competition, the engineer with the most cogs will earn their place as Astronautical Engineer on the crew of the H.M.S. Victoria VII

Special Exclusive Edition You Will Never Be Able to Get Again! Everyone who backs at the $45 or higher level will receive a limited edition and exclusive version of the game. You will NOT be able to get Mars Needs Mechanics like this again. Your game will be wrapped in a removable "Space Jack" limited edition box wrap that you will be able to slide your game in and out of. You will also receive an exclusive mechanism that we will never reprint and will be seriously cool to play with.

Something we wanted to do for this campaign is strive to offer stretch goal rewards that will benefit everyone who buys Mars Needs Mechanics.
Something we wanted to do for this campaign is strive to offer stretch goal rewards that will benefit everyone who buys Mars Needs Mechanics.
We will go premium linen-finish with the cards, board and box for every copy of the game. This means everything will last longer and look even more beautiful!
We will go premium linen-finish with the cards, board and box for every copy of the game. This means everything will last longer and look even more beautiful!

Preview from The Dice Tower

What Reviewers Are Saying
Check out what reviewers and bloggers are saying about Mars Needs Mechanics...

"A deceptively simple and highly entertaining hand management and market manipulation game that is easy to teach, quick to learn, and downright difficult to master. Perfect!" - Father Geek

"I had a chance to play a lot of really great games [at GenCon] and this is one of those." - Ryan Metzler, The Dice Tower

"It's an incredibly streamlined and accessible game that still manages to achieve a deep strategic element. I'll be one of the first people to support its Kickstarter campaign." - Games and Grub

"I love how simple the game is to learn, but how complex it can be to play when you take into account the other players' strategies." - Ken Grazier, Geek-Craft

Take a look at the rough prototype rulebook!  (we'll update as it gets completed)

From the Designer and Publishers
This game has been a long time coming and a real dream of ours. With your backing we can bring this great game to market and ultimately to your table. It's quick to learn, but not to master. And with plenty of combinations for replay value, we're sure Mars Needs Mechanics will become a classic in your collection. We need your help for this project.

Thank you. - Ben Rosset, Bryan Fischer, Corey Phillips and John Sizemore

FAQ

  • After looking into our actual shipping costs for the game, we found that we could ship individual copies of the game cheaper than we expected, enabling us to drastically lower the shipping fee that we had asked for. Unfortunately, packing multiple games together creates a package that is too heavy and large for our less expensive shipping options, so that we would not be able to offer any kind of price break to our international supporters. This is counter-intuitive, and we wish it were different, but the actual price to ship (for example) Chicken Caesar and Mars Needs Mechanics to Germany would be nearly $60 for us.

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  • We had originally intended to ship the two games together, to save on shipping. If the project does well, though, it may be feasible to ship Chicken Caesar separately, and much earlier than Mars Needs Mechanics. Our original Chicken Caesar supporters will be first in line for those games, of course, come what may, but shipping Chicken Caesar in October or November is not out of the question. Keep checking here, or on the Project Updates page, for the latest information!

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    GAME - One copy of Mars Needs Mechanics plus any met stretch goals. Shipped to anywhere in the U.S. for free. +$15 for Canada, +$30 for anywhere outside of U.S. and Canada.

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    LIMITED EDITION GAME - One copy of Mars Needs Mechanics with Limited Edition Box Wrap and Exclusive Bonus Mechanism (see left) plus any met stretch goals! Shipped to anywhere in the U.S. for free. +$15 for Canada, +$30 for anywhere outside of U.S. and Canada.

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    METAL BOARD (U.S. Only) - One limited edition copy of Mars Needs Mechanics plus a custom made, Metal Board and Metal Pieces for the game with custom collector's storage. All boards will be numbered and signed (see left). Shipped anywhere in the U.S.

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    METAL BOARD & FLAVOR (U.S. Only) - One limited edition copy of Mars Needs Mechanics plus a custom made, Metal Board and Metal Pieces for the game in custom collector's storage. All boards will be numbered and signed (see left). Also, a thematic version of your name will appear in the flavor text of a Component card in the first edition of the game. AND one copy of Chicken Caesar. Shipped anywhere in the U.S.

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